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Book Review – The Duff

My mom and I are avid movie-goers. Last year we had seen all the movies in theaters at this one particular moment in time besides The Duff, and so we decided, what the hell? Let’s go. 

I LOVED the movie. Loved it so much that I pre-ordered it on iTunes–which I never do by the way–and trying to convince everyone within like a ten-mile radius to pre-order it too.

So naturally I was like, shit, I should definitely read the book.



This book is NOTHING like the movie. In fact, I would say thatCBS did Kody Keplinger, the author, a great disservice in creating this movie because it is actually better than the book.

Leaps, bounds, oceans, galaxies better. 

Literally… the movie was better than the book it was based off of.


Just to give you an idea of how DIFFERENT the two are, here are their descriptions:

Description of The Duff on the back flap of the paperback (book):

Seventeen-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 “Duffy,” she throws her coke in his face.

But things aren’t so good 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 she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

Description of The Duff movie:

Frumpy high-school senior Bianca (Mae Whitman) has a rude awakening when she learns that her classmates secretly know her as the DUFF – designated ugly fat friend – to her prettier and more popular pals. Desperate to reinvent herself, Bianca enlists the aid of Wesley (Robbie Amell), a charming jock. In order to save her senior year from becoming a complete disaster, Bianca must find the confidence to overthrow a judgmental student (Bella Thorne) and revolutionize the school’s social order.

See the SCORCHING difference? They’re two COMPLETELY different stories. And the worst part about the book is that it reads JUST LIKE the back flap description. It’s choppy, unorganized, incredibly teenaged, and paced ALL WRONG. 

The beta reader in me was twitching with the need to break up those paragraphs and like rearrange the information.

Here’s the deal though, Kody? The author? Yeah. She published this book when she was in high school, which is HUGE. And I can’t say a bad word against her because good for fucking you, Kody, you are an inspiration to all of us writers out there. 

I just can’t believe that this book was published at all–or that it got as big as it did. 

The thing that I found so disconcerting was the language. With the way the main characters were communicating, you would think that everything would sort of follow suit in the same immaturity. No such luck. For a book obviously aimed at the daft teenagers it portrays, there was so much terrible language and sex it made me cringe. I bet the audience for this book was, at the very oldest, fourteen, and even though the main character loses it at fourteen, I still found it to be a little crass.

Anyway, full disclaimer, I stopped reading at page 85. I couldn’t read anymore, I felt like I was slowly going brain dead. As it says under my interests, I like beautiful lines and complex characters. This book was full of adolescent ramblings and flat characterization. I don’t recommend, but I do recommend the movie. 

Since you can’t pre-order it you’ll just have to buy it on iTunes instead. 

Shout out to Mae Whitman, you rock my world.



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