The Duff, by Kodi Keplinger — Review

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat FriendThe DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story touches on many aspects of complex young adult life, including teenage romance, alcoholism in the family, and most importantly, self perception. Bianca tells the story from the first person perspective, but she never describes her own appearance very well. For all we know, she is absolutely gorgeous, but she doesn’t see herself that way. She takes the viewpoint of the boy she despises, and feels that she is the DUFF. She spends the majority of the book coming to grips with other people’s opinions about her, even though she professes not to care about them.

It’s well written, with good character development and pace. The ending is predictable, but that’s preferable to a horrible ending, which is the only alternative in most YA stories.

It’s good YA fiction. I give it a solid 4 stars.

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