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    I'm in the minority

    Let me preface this review by saying that I adore Kody Keplinger, and she's an "instant buy" for me whenever she releases a new book. I'll speak on this more later... But The DUFF. I absolutely disliked this book. I was so excited for it because at the time, I was querying (so many years ago) and drowning in the world of traditional YA books. I'd heard so, so much about this book. The hype was huge. The reviews were glowing. Other agents raved about it. So of course, as someone who wanted publication, I had to read this book and see what was so perfect about it. The premise was outstanding. The idea was huge. The title itself had spunk and just sounded like it was a book that was pushing boundaries. However, it fell so very flat. It took me months to finish it, at snail's pace. It was so unrealistic. I can suspend belief and go along with most books because "it's fiction, so just play along." I even write books that are a little "play along" types. But Bianca was an outright awful person. I was never once rooting for her. She was rude to her friends. She wasn't "snarky and witty." She was mean. Rude. Wesley was an jerk, but he knew it, and everyone else knew it, and he owned it. I could tolerate that. Bianca's friends lacked personality. They were names. They were flat characters. And I don't know why they put up w/her because she treated them like dirt. The sex was...eh. It just didn't feel right or work for me. The parental relationships were ugh. There were so many awesome ideas here that just didn't work. However, Kody can write well. The book wasn't terrible. It felt like a teenager wrote it (which she was 17 at the time). It lacked a lot of the depth I prefer in a book. I did enjoy the Xbox scene, where Bianca and Wesley were just hanging out like normal teens. That felt real. Sadly that was the only part. I think I'm in the minority, though, which is good for Kody's sake and The DUFF's sake. So many people LOVED this book. I hesitated to read Shut Out after this one, but the premise sucked me in, and I LOVED it. I loved A Midsummer's Nightmare even more. I think Kody really does touch some deeper subjects, and I like that about her. I've thoroughly enjoyed her other books, and I look forward to more from her. This book just didn't do it for me. Maybe it will for you...?
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    I decided to read this before deciding if my 15 year old daughter could go see the movie with her friends. After reading this I would alow her, the end is the best and to me gives the message I want my daughter to have, which is no one is perfect, we all have our faults but are wonderful, beautiful, smart, loving people at the same time.
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    You better read this.

    This book was enticing from begining to the end and i could'nt stop reading it. It is about a girl who is not to secure about herself because her friends look like goddesses. Then a unfriendly cola-throwing moment comes into play between Bianca and the hottest (and least personal space respecting) guy at her highschool. That moment and many moments afterwards puts an insulting, degrading word in her mind. :duff. (designated ugly fat friend) this haunts Bianca until she is thrown into a pit of emotions about this particular word and the jerk who gave her the label. Soon the word and its context drive her to do thigs she never thought she could do, including kissing this particular jerk. Than her mom starts mailing divorce papers to the heart broken faher that leads to continueing his achoholic ways after eighteen years of non- achoholic contact. Then she starts to think the unthinkable. Is she in love with Wesley Rush? A great book that I could not put down. You better read this book. #mike-drop
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    I love it!

    It perfectly describes how self conscious teenage girls are. From troubles at home, to everyday school life. Really just an amazing book!
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    Genuine and real..

    Bianca is just like any other girl who has ever been a teenager ever! The experiences she goes through will feel raw and real for all of is one way or another. Definitely a great, quick read!

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