“The DUFF” as you may see written above and in the cover, means “The Designated Ugly Fat Friend.” You might ask, “Why did you read this?” Well, I saw it on IMDB and found out that it was based on a book. Since the movie isn’t out yet, or at least I think not, I decided to read it in the meantime.
This took me just a few hours to read. It’s short but it finishes off well with closure. To be honest, when I first saw the premise, I thought, “Damn, I’m the DUFF.” haha.. The DUFF is normally the least attractive in a group of friends. One does not necessarily have to be ugly, just the least pretty/handsome in a group. That’s exactly how I felt everytime but I’m over it. haha.. I don’t really care anymore.
This book centers on Bianca, an average-looking high school girl who has two “hot” friends, Casey and Jessica. A certain high school playboy, Wesley Rush, introduces Bianca to the word DUFF which he uses to describe Bianca, being the “designated ugly fat friend” among her circle of friends. This affects her more than she is willing to admit as she realizes the truth in his claim. Bianca also faces problems at home as her mother and father are spending too much time apart. Her mother, as a motivational speaker, has not been home for a couple of months due to her scheduled speaking engagements and this is taking a toll on her relationship with Bianca’s father. With all the emotional problems Bianca is facing, she surprisingly seeks solace in Wesley Rush’s arms despite her hatred of him. She finds her problems momentarily fleeting whenever she spends time with Wesley and this has made her slightly obsessed in seeking his company.
Reading this right after Big Little Lies made “The Duff” a bit too childish. I know it’s not that fair seeing as these two books are in an entirely different genre. The Duff is obviously more for Young Adults. What I didn’t like about this was the typical “the more you hate, the more you love” scenario between Bianca and Wesley. Bianca outspokenly says she hates, abhors, despises the very existence of the manwhore Wesley yet she goes and kisses him anyway. She even starts sleeping with him when they were only supposed to finish their group essay. She does say in the book that it makes her feel like a “slut.” I wouldn’t call her a slut. Maybe more like a hypocrite. It just doesn’t make sense to me. If I hate somebody, I would NOT go kissing him and throwing myself at him then later on, hating myself for it. Make up your mind, woman!
Anyway, as predictable as the story may be, she does eventually fall for him and so does he. He turns over a new leaf and promises to love only her, blah blah. Typical.
I liked the book because it was easy to read and it wasn’t boring but it was just too predictable. I like me some twists in mah books. So yeah, would I recommend it? Sure, why not? But don’t expect too much as there isn’t anything you would find which you haven’t seen before.
NinthMelody rating: 3/5