Flashback Friday: THE DUFF by Kody Keplinger
Sep 19th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer


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By Kody Keplinger

Publisher: Little Brown/Poppy

Pub date: September 7, 2010

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Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face. 

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.


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The Duff is an exceptional one-of-a-kind YA novel. Bianca is an amazing multi-dimensional character with many real life struggles/issues relating to an absent mother, alcoholism, divorce, self-esteem, relationships. The Duff put to the forefront insecurities about acceptance, what true beauty is all about, and how we judge ourselves and judge others. I love how Kody went deeper into the emotional impact on how we can hurt one another. Her characters show the great lengths people will go to find ways to “feel better” about themselves and what it means emotionally and physically. Loved it! Way to go Kody! Whooooooot!

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