The Duff by Kody Keplinger

6931356Seventeen-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.


The Duff is the type of book that the more I sat on it after finishing it the more I liked it. Our main character is grumpy, sassy, sad, happy, confused, and all things teenager. She says things that are not so nice and didn’t we all, also there were so many awesome themes that I don’t often see in ya. 

B our main character starts off with a lot of misguided perception of what feminism is and there is a bunch of girl hate and slut shaming, luckily she sees what she’s doing by labelling people whores and sluts just because she has negative view on them. The one thing I really liked was the positive sex life, B’s seventeen and after having so much stress build up she starts casually seeing a guy from school, I think all the YA I’ve read has only had a teen sleeping with their boyfriend and I loved that B kept him casual and didn’t want a romantic connection. 

“Spanish, huh?” he said, glancing down at the scattered papers as he grabbed them. “Can you say anything interesting?”
“El tono de tu voz hace que queria estrangularme.” I stood up and waited for him to hand over my papers.
“That sounds sexy,” he said, getting to his feet and handing me the stack of Spanish work he’d swept together. “What’s it mean?”
“The sound of your voice makes me want to strangle myself.”

I also really liked the love interest, he was douchy but going through shit too just like everyone else, no one has the perfect life and you never know what’s going on behind closed doors. 

I was very meh at the writing and the girl hate and calling everyone whores gratted on me a little, also I didn’t really feel a fizz of love while reading but looking back on it I liked all the things that happens.

To sum up I love that this was written by Kody when she was 17, I love that it has positive sex in teens and that the friendships seemed genuine and it touched on some heavy aspects.

3/5 Stars

(was completely different from the movie) 

Have you read this? I’m super late to the party but I’d love to know what you thought 🙂

11 thoughts on “The Duff by Kody Keplinger

  1. After seeing the film (which I loved) I recall someone saying that there was a casual sexual relationship in the book. I’m so glad it was handled well! Not often something I see in YA, either. 🙂 Too bad about the slut-shaming, but at least you kind of enjoyed the book overall! I probably won’t pick this up, but can appreciate the film for sure. 😀 Great review!!!

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  2. I’ve seen this book around, but everyone’s thoughts seem to reflect your own. I think that younger Jackie would have really enjoyed DUFF and connected to what the characters were going through– but I think now I would just be a little put off by the whole thing. It seems to be a worthwhile read, though. I’ll save it for a day when I’m in the mood for something a bit fluffier. Not that the themes are fluffy, but this probably won’t take me though the emotional wringer. 😉
    Great review!!

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    1. Defiantly not an emotional wringer book, but a great filler between heavier, I think the one thing going in is just know it was written by a teen for a teen, so there is the girl hating that everyone did before we knew better, the overall arc is great though and although there is slut shaming the story is pretty sex positive which I dont think i’ve seen much of in YA, it’s always when the characters are in a relationship so it was great to see casual safe sex in there 🙂

      Thank Jackie! ❤

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