The DUFF is the newest novel by Kody Keplinger. Bianca Piper is a high school senior, who when amongst, who she considers her considerably more beautiful friends is the ugly duckling. One night when she is in a popular teen hangout in the town the schools resident playboy approaches her and starts making conversation. This conversation is in no way positive though as he quickly tells her that the only reason he is talking to her is to impress her friends on the dance floor. He tells her that she is a DUFF the designated ugly fat friend. The odd girl out amongst her two bests that when she is paid attention to by the equally fabulous of the opposite sex her friends will give brownie points for paying attention to there less stellar third. I hope this makes sense because its one of those points that for some reason I am finding hard to explain. After hearing what the guy Wesley has to say she gives him her opinion on the subject by throwing her cherry coke in his face and storming out.
Things aren’t that great at home either. Her mother who after writing a successful self-help book a few years ago has been anywhere, but home. She is constantly out on book tours that started out as a few days here, a week there, but have now started to stretch into months at a time. Her father has always been her best friend, who unfortunately has become increasingly depressed and as a result has regressed back his alcoholic ways that he had previously stopped after she was born, especially after he is served with divorce papers.
Wesley who has curiously still been pursuing her since the cherry coke meet face incident turns into a welcome diversion from her woes at home. First as her study partner for a class project and then as a sexual partner after one of their homework breaks becomes a little intense.
I liked this novel! I thought I wouldn’t. I was worried that just by the title alone it was going to be a rambling story of self hatred and pity, but it surprised me. Sure it was like that in the beginning, but throughout the novel you see her grow into someone that is more beautiful on the inside as well as out by the end!