Thursday, July 16, 2015

Book Review Discussion: The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

Book: The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
Genre: YA Contemporary
For: Fun
From: Bought on Kindle (possibly for free, I can't remember)

Short Synopsis: So, we have our girl who gets upset right from the start when a guy she can't stand explains to her that she is her friends' DUFF... designated ugly fat friend. Well, she's bugged, but not really devastated. What makes her more crazy is the stuff going on at home with her parents. And then one day, she's with this guy that she "hates" and she up and kisses him which launches them into a terribly unhealthy relationship where she uses him to deaden her feelings and for a distraction. And he knows it and he doesn't care. Well, that is, until he does.

My Response: Ugh. Really. I mean. I don't even know what to say. Well, and I did read it and all. And turned the pages quickly and easily. But I was so bugged with how she dealt with things. And I didn't like her for that. And I didn't like him either. And so I really wasn't rooting for them to get together. And I hoped all along that maybe they would change a lot and maybe it would turn out a little romantic in the end. But it never really did. Except for a love letter that he writes her, which was actually really sweet. But that was about it.

Bottom Line: Eh, it was okay, but mostly just dumb and not at all satisfying.

Let's Talk About: Do you find that if you don't care about the characters then the whole book is pretty much a wash? I hate it when that happens. Luckily, it doesn't happen often!

Other Reviews:

This is a good book with a commendable ending that I would recommend to anyone who doesn’t have objections to high school sex and “language.” From Rhapsody in Books

Though entertaining, The DUFF lacked a little something I like to call nuance. Something for readers to gleanbetween the lines, if you know what I mean. From Write Meg

While I understand her need to “escape” all the stuff going on in her life, why did she have to escape like that? From Books With Bite

It’s funny, entertaining and a very quick read. From Dark Faerie Tales


  1. It depends on the book. I'm mostly a character-driven reader, so characters mean a lot. But, in some books, I'm okay if I don't like the characters as much. It's not often, though, that I'm okay with characters I hate, though.

  2. I enjoy connecting to a character but I don't have to. It depends on the story. It had to be awfully good. As you know I adored this book. I'm afraid most people that read it either have religious beliefs that make them hate it on principal or they just don't think it's a suitable YA book.
    I thought it was real and gritty and, yes, painful and stupid but the realness won out for me. Plus it was just unputdownable. ;) you should watch the movie. It's totally different and mostly clean and kinda funn .

  3. I couldn't stand this book either. Just, ugh. So many things are wrong with this one. It's real, yes, but I didn't dislike the characters because they made realistic (albeit stupid) choices, but because they were self-centered users. Ugh. I can't stand those traits in anyone, fictional or non.

    And, yes, I definitely have to connect with a character on some level in order to care about what happens to them.



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