The DUFF Designated Ugly Fat Friend eBook ¸ The DUFF

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 the Duff she throws her Coke in his face But things aren't so great 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 that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated than anyone


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    They're making this book into a movie So naturally I had to read itThe word that first comes to mind when thinking back over this book is messy That's how I would describe it It's entertaining in parts annoying in others and sends out a confusing mix of messages “I actually need your help You see your friends are hot And you darling are the Duff”“Is that even a word?”“Designated Ugly Fat Friend” he clarified “No offense but that would be you” This above exchange takes place between our narrator Bianca and Hamilton's resident notorious manwhore Wesley Rush Bianca responds to the insult by doing what any self respecting woman should do and throwing the nearest beverage into the douchebag's face However being a teenage girl with all the insecurities that go along with that Bianca can't quite forget what Wesley called herThen she has issues at home Her mother is away most of the time and her dad is a recovering alcoholic on the brink of a relapse With all this happening Bianca longs for a way to escape She needs something to take her out of this world numb her mind and make her forget who she is for a little while so she sleeps with none other than you guessed it Wesley Rush I get it the girl has serious issues No judgement we've all been thereSo here's where things get a bit messy I know this will be especially enjoyable for girls in their teens just as the author was when she wrote it I remember the days when I would read this “On one side I had Toby Smart cute funny polite sensitive and practical Toby was perfect in every conceivable way I mean he was a little dorky but that was what made him so adorable I liked being with him and he always put me first” and this “On the other side there was Wesley A jerk An asshole An arrogant womanizing rich boy who put sex before everything else Sure he was incredibly hot but he could annoy the hell out of me He was irritatingly charming and his cute little grin could really get under my skin But he had a way of making my heart race and my head spin” and my heart would race for jerkface too Then of course Bianca had to compare Toby and Wesley to Linton and Heathcliff which is really just very unfairI think this is one of those books that was evidently written by a teenager an extremely talented teenager I'll give her that I couldn't have done it at 1819 but a teenager nonetheless Some annoying dialogue aside the writing itself is decent but there is something about this story the relationships in it and the way it portrays feminism which is incredibly immature When I was in my mid to late teens I had discovered feminism but wasn't quite sure what it meant in practice After writing essays on Margaret Atwood novels I'd decided I was a feminist but it took years and my time at college to fully understand it While I was in high school I hated double standards and yet was probably guilty of believing in some of them Stereotypes had been drilled into my brain and I often forgot how stupid they were I wanted to be a feminist I wanted to write a great piece of feminist literature and yet I still succumbed to my own internalized misogyny This book feels like it was written by someone with the same issuesFirst example Every girl drools over the hot guys except our narrator I'm glad that later in the book she learns not to have disdain for them but it doesn't change the fact that these girls are characterized by their constant thrusting of their breasts into the boys' faces Second example Wesley tells Bianca she is a not a slut because she's just confused and we all make mistakes I initially appreciated the way the author portrayed teen sexuality without turning it into a lesson and then it became a lesson Why can't she just enjoy sex and not be a slut?Third example “Brontë?” I asked seeing the cover of his book “Wuthering Heights? Isn’t that a little girly Toby?”“Have you read it?”“Well no” I admitted “I’ve read Jane Eyre which was definitely full of early feminism I’m not saying that’s a problem Personally I’m a total feminist but it’s a little sketchy for a teenage boy”Feminism is a girls only club?Fourth example Bianca ditches her friends as soon as she starts shagging WesleyI'm still giving this three stars though because it is damn entertaining The narrator is charming and just enough of a bitch to be likable in that way that makes you smirk knowingly to yourself while reading we've all had those naughtyvindictivejealous thoughts too And when the author is on top girl power form she comes out with wicked gems like this “I’m probably going to be a bitch most of the time I guarantee I’ll find a reason to yell at you almost every day and don’t be surprised if a few drinks get dumped on you from time to time That’s just me and you’re going to have to deal with it Because I’m not changing for you or anyone else” And the truth is despite myself I couldn't help being pleased with how this turned out Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr