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The DUFF: (Designated Ugly Fat Friend)

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Formulaic but fun romance good for beach reading.

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You can understand why movie execs decided to put this on the big screen; the premise is pretty fun, if formulaic and far-fetched, and this book certainly has some steamy moments. Like, really steamy. Some readers may not quite buy the subplot about Bianca's father, who has a rapid relapse and an equally quick recovery from alcoholism. And parents might want to help teen readers analyze the whole fantasy about turning a big-time jerk into the kind of guy who sends long-stemmed roses and romantic notes.

But there's some serious heat coming off these two fiery protagonists, making The DUFF a fun beach read. And even the most cynical of readers will appreciate Bianca's great friends and her gradual understanding that "every girl feels unattractive sometimes."

Book Details

  • Author: Kody Keplinger
  • Genre: Romance
  • Topics: Friendship , High School
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Poppy
  • Publication date: September 7, 2010
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 15 - 18
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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