By Kody Keplinger
Designated Ugly Fat Friend: You either know one, you have one, or you are one.
Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is smart, cynical, loyal - and well aware that she's not the hot one in her group of friends. But when high-school jock and all round moron Wesley Rush tells her she's a DUFF - a Designated, Ugly Fat Friend - Bianca does not the see funny side. She may not be a beauty but she'd never stoop so low as to go anywhere near the likes of Wesley ... Or would she? Bianca is about to find out that attraction defies looks and that sometimes your sworn enemies can become your best friends ...
With a wry and tell-it-like-it-is voice, New York Times Bestselling novel The Duff is a witty and poignant story of a teenager struggling with the rules of high school attraction, along with the breaking down of her relationships with family and friends. It is a novel about what it means to be sexy, in a world where we feel we have to be perfect!
A Hamilton High School story from Kody Keplinger.
Now a film starring Mae Whitman, Bella Thorne and Alison Janney - out on DVD Summer 2015.
Kody Keplinger was born and raised in a small Kentucky town. She wrote her first novel, The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) when she was only 17.
Kody is the cofounder of Disability in Kidlit, a website devoted to the representation of disabilities in children's literature.
Currently, Kody lives in New York City, where she teaches writing workshops and continues to write books for kids and teens. Kody's website is kodykeplinger.com
'I always felt like the "ugly girl" in high school - my best friends are insanely gorgeous - so when I was introduced to the word during my senior year, I knew I was the Duff. The idea of writing a book with "Duff" in the title started as a joke, but when I realized that my friends felt like Duffs, too, I knew I had to write this story.'
The DUFF is a New York Times Bestselling novel and a major motion picture starring Bella Thorne, Mae Whitman and Alison Janney.
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05 Apr 2012
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Hodder Children's Books
An interesting and enjoyable read — Kelly Pringle, Liberton High, Teen Titles
Kody Keplinger breathed some new life into the now horribly cliched idea of a love triangle by writing realistically flawed characters ... hilarious — South Wales Evening Post
An earthy, realistic and compelling depiction of teenage relationships and self-image — Book Trust
Written when the author herself was just 17, this debut novel has a bluntly honest edge ... compulsive reading, with a sassy heroine you'll find yourself rooting for against all the odds — We Love This Book
Sharp, hot, thoughtful, and searingly honest, The Duff is one of the best young adult novels to come along in a decade. — Elizabeth Scott, US author of the The Unwritten Rule.
Edgy and compelling. I couldn't put it down! — Simon Elkeles, New York Times best-selling author
A well written, irreverent, and heartfelt debut. — Publishers Weekly
Realistic, yet innocent at the same time. — Serendipity Reviews
Compulsive reading, with a sassy heroine you'll find yourself rooting for against all odds. — We Love This Book
An earthy, realistic and compelling depiction of teenage relationships and self-image. — booktrust
An interesting and enjoyable read. — Teen Titles
Keplinger breathed some new life into the now horribly cliched idea of the love triangle by writing realistically flawed characters. — South Wales Evening Post (Swansea)