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The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend | [Kody Keplinger]

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend

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.
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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.

©2010 Kody Keplinger (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Becca New York 04-07-13
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    "Loved it"

    I listened to this one in one sitting! I loved the characters and the story. The narrator was also great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Renee Savannah, OH, United States 09-16-10
    Renee Savannah, OH, United States 09-16-10
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    "Decent Story, Horrid Narrator"

    I started reading this book in the bookstore and the storyline is interesting, a little naughty without being raunchy - basically a fun fluffy read. When I got the audiobook I was shocked at how bad the narrator is. She is monotone, stiff and bored sounding throughout the first half of the book and the second half is only slightly better. I definately won't be looking for any other books narrated by Ms. Grafton.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Emma USA 02-28-14
    Emma USA 02-28-14 Member Since 2011

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    What did you love best about The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend?

    The sassy, sarcastic outbursts.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was cliche but in a pleasant way.


    What three words best describe Ellen Grafton’s performance?

    nice sounding voice


    Any additional comments?

    The voice of the narrator was pleasant but I really didn't like the way she switched between characters, and thoughts, and actual talking... to me it felt weird

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Doha New York, NY, United States 10-05-11
    Doha New York, NY, United States 10-05-11 Member Since 2010

    I like to read VERY much .. I'm obsessed with reading I don't have time to actually read a book so I've been a listener for three years now

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    "nice story .. tolarable narration"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    the relation between Bianca and wisely didn't convince me .. If I were the writer I would start by making the chasing between them more interesting instead of having a friends with benefits relationship


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    the ending was nice and predictable but it was a happy ending nonetheless


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ellen Grafton’s performances?

    well , if she can improve her narration just a little I would be happy to try another of her narrations


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no .. because this kind of movies I avoid most of the time


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the new books of this writer are better .. and I enjoyed this book because of wisely and his personality

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    Amanda Laramie, WY, United States 09-16-10
    Amanda Laramie, WY, United States 09-16-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Great story, so-so audio"

    I'd give it 3 stars for the audio version and 4.5 for the actual story. I felt like the narrator had almost a bit of a lisp. (Or maybe I've been saying Wesley wrong. I think wes-ly. She pronounced it wez-ly.) But the story is great!

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  • Shauna
    BELFAST, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Loved this book!"

    This was the first audio book that I ever listened to and I wasn't sure if I'd like audio books or not. However 'The DUFF' proved me wrong! It was brilliant. After this I really want to listen to/read another Kody Keplinger book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Laura
    NEATH, United Kingdom
    10/11/11
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    "Loved it."


    I truly liked The Duff. I enjoyed how the characters were flawed. I liked how the subject matter was not dumbed down for the YA audience. I think that most of all, I loved how Keplinger breathed some new life into the now horribly clichéd idea of the love triangle. Bianca was a pain in the ass at times and the narrator's voice exacerbated this as far as I was concerned. Wesley was a womanising git who will remind you of "those" boys in school. You know who I mean? The boys who wore to much boy-scented aftershave, walked with a swagger and never had anything nice to say to any girl who hadn't been on birth control since they were still in footsy-pyjamas!? Then there was Toby. He was so nice that it was almost annoying. I knew that I should want Toby to swoop in and save the day with all of his gentle, unsure geekiness, but I didn't! Wesley and Bianca's banter was hilarious. They both used each other but in doing so, they found equals. They challenged and changed each other.
    I liked the friendship between Bianca and her best pals. This friendship was also flawed but sweet. I don't think it was as real as it was, perhaps, a little bit too forgiving and not snarky enough...but then that probably means I just have a lot of snarky pals! Whereas I liked the friends, Bianca's family irritated the crap out of me. Her mother escaped through work; her father escaped through booze... is it any wonder that Bianca searches for her own ways to escape? 
    With all of the irritations and imperfections, I still loved this book. The language is coarse but the sexual subject matter is not glamorised. Bianca feels dirty and ashamed of herself after her nights with Wesley, but still,  this is a book which I doubt many parents would be comfortable with younger teens reading. 

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Laura
    Neath, United Kingdom
    8/6/11
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    "Beauty can be found in the flaws of this great YA"

    I truly liked The Duff. I enjoyed how the characters were flawed. I liked how the subject matter was not dumbed down for the YA audience. I think that most of all, I loved how Keplinger breathed some new life into the now horribly clichéd idea of the love triangle. Bianca was a pain in the ass at times and the narrator's voice exacerbated this as far as I was concerned. Wesley was a womanising git who will remind you of "those" boys in school. You know who I mean? The boys who wore to much boy-scented aftershave, walked with a swagger and never had anything nice to say to any girl who hadn't been on birth control since they were still in footsy-pyjamas!? Then there was Toby. He was so nice that it was almost annoying. I knew that I should want Toby to swoop in and save the day with all of his gentle, unsure geekiness, but I didn't! Wesley and Bianca's banter was hilarious. They both used each other but in doing so, they found equals. They challenged and changed each other.

    I liked the friendship between Bianca and her best pals. This friendship was also flawed but sweet. Bianca's family irritated me. Her mother escaped through work; her father escaped through booze... is it any wonder that Bianca searches for her own ways to escape?

    With all of the irritations and imperfections, I still loved this book. The language is coarse but the sexual subject matter is not glamorised. Bianca feels dirty and ashamed of herself after her nights with Wesley, but still, this is a book which I doubt many parents would be comfortable with younger teens reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephanie
    Beith, United Kingdom
    2/21/12
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    "Disappointing"

    The concept of the book is brilliant, but it wasn't strong enough to hold up the whole book.I have no problem with sex & cussing in books, but it seemed to be haphazardly thrown in at times for no apparent reason, other than shock, possibly, but I wasn't shocked, just bored with unimaginative writing. I wish that the book had been written from the boys POV, but I'm not sure the writing would've been any stronger, sadly. The main character seened to be trying to find herself & become a stronger person, but, even in the last scene, she relied on a guy to make the final decision as to who she would be with. I hoped that she would grow through her codependance, but in the end she was still codependant. I found it a bit preachy, with things just thrown in to, perhaps, encourage a certain veiwpoint, but not really having anything to do with any other part of the story. I found this a bit boring, written more trying (& not succeding) to shock, than for engagement, action & pace. There was not a lot of depth written into the character, although she was written into situations where she could have had great depth imerging, but she was very flat. Give me a character to love, or even hate, & I will follow them anywhere, but throughout the book I found myself not interested in what might happen to her as she is such a bland, & VERY cleche'd character. I only finished it because it had been a book that was not bought with one of my credits, & I kept hoping something would happened with the character to make me care (at all), but it never did. It's a real shame the concept was let down by lazy writing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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