Book Review: The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

I know I’m not the only person who was attracted to this book by the trailer for the movie. It’s funny and mean and it’s got Mae Whitman (who I love) and the gorgeous Robbie Amell. I had to read the book before I saw the movie. It was a lot more fun than I was expecting.

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

Title: The DUFF

Author:  Kody Keplinger

Genre: Young adult, contemporary

Publisher: Poppy (Little Brown)

Publication Date: September 7, 2010

277 pages, paperback

Check out the full synopsis on Goodreads.

I won’t lie to you. This book is super clichéd and very predictable, but MAN, if it wasn’t entertaining! I flew through this book in one day at work. It’s definitely fast-paced and it’s got a clear, feel-good message.

We’ve got to talk about Bianca. She’s our MC and the “DUFF” in the title. (Btw, Duff stands for Designated Ugly Fat Friend). I loved her right away. She’s sarcastic and witty, a bit of a bitch (sorry for the language!), and independent. When Wesley (think John Tucker) tells her she’s the DUFF of her friend group, she’s pissed. As she should be. But throughout the book, she discovers that she’s not the only girl who feels like the DUFF sometimes. All girls feel like the DUFF sometimes. I’ve felt like the DUFF and so have you. Don’t get mad at me for telling you that she comes to accept herself, because it’s obvious what this book is trying to do. It’s not a spoiler. I was rooting for Bianca to accept herself the whole time. She’s so realistic, so likeable despite her attitude, so relatable. When she decides to distract herself by hooking up with Wesley (who she hates), I understood her. Which was a little weird, because I’d never do something like that, but that’s how real Bianca felt.

The message behind this book – that you should accept yourself no matter what anyone thinks – is so important. Yes, it’s mixed in with a lot of teenage drama and friend fights and all that, but that’s what being a teenager is like these days. This book felt like an honest portrayal of what it’s like to grow up in our society, to constantly be told you must look a certain way to fit in.

We all know that’s a bunch of bullshit (again, sorry for the language). Be you. Dress how you want to. Be with who you like. Don’t let others dictate the way you look, dress, act, love.

The bottom line: The DUFF may be a quick, somewhat light read, but it’s got a great message and a seriously cool and hilarious MC. Yeah, it’s got lots of clichés and we all know what’s going to happen before we even start, but it’s seriously fun to read. If you are even remotely interested in the movie, I’d definitely recommend reading this.

Rating: 7 – Pretty good

Check out the trailer below! I’m going to see it on Friday, so expect a book-to-movie review this weekend!

Thursday Thoughts: Book to Movie Adaptations (Through April 2015)

One of my plans for my blog in the new year was to post more discussion/bookish-but-not-review posts. Thursdays seem the best day for that, as I’ve got something on my blog on Tuesday and Wednesday and I plan to post a review every Monday and Friday. So I’m starting Thursday Thoughts as a (hopefully) weekly post in which I talk about something bookish, whether that be about reading, bookish life, books themselves, new books, book to movie adaptations, whatever. Basically, every Thursday you’ll get a post from me about books. Of course, I’d love if you participated! You can post about what I’m discussing or just link me up to one of your discussion posts. 🙂

Thursday Thoughts at Caught Read Handed

As always, there are a TON of books being made into movies this year. I, like many of you, prefer to read the book before I see the movie, but I don’t want to waste my time on a book that I might not enjoy. So, I am listing some of the books below that will be on the big screen in the next couple of months for you and for me. Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these books and if they are worth the readOr if you are looking forward to any of these adaptations. [All book covers from Goodreads. All movie poster from Rotten Tomatoes]

The World Made Straight Book Cover   The World Made Straight Movie Poster

The World Made Straight by Ron Rash (January 9) – I haven’t read anything by him before but he’s got TWO books being made into movies this year. Not in a theater near me though.

Mordecai movie poster   The Mordecai Trilogy Book cover

The Mortdecai Trilogy by Kyril Bonfiglioli (January 23 – Mordecai) – Can I just say that the cover for the book and what I’ve seen of the trailer don’t look anything alike??

The Last Apprentice Book Cover   Seventh Son movie poster

The Last Apprentice by Joseph Delaney (February 6 – Seventh Son) – described as a fantasy thriller and stars Jeff Bridges in the movie. Sounds like something I’d like. Also, Jeff Bridges. Did I mention it’s Jeff Bridges?

Where Rainbows End book cover   Love, Rosie movie poster

Where Rainbows End / Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern (Feburary 6 – Love, Rosie) – Same author as P.S. I Love You. I’m ready to cry and then go see Sam Claflin be gorgeous son screen.

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of…HAHAHA. NOPE.

The DUFF book cover   The DUFF movie poster

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger (February 20) – I wasn’t sure about this one but I’ve seen so many bloggers talking about it recently, I think I’ll give it a shot.

Dead Stars book cover   Map to the Stars movie poster

Dead Stars by Bruce Wagner (February 27 – Map to the Stars) – Satire, Hollywood, culture and John Cusack in the movie? Pretty much sold. Probably won’t be in a theater near me.

Insurgent book cover   Insurgent movie poster

Insurgent by Veronica Roth (March 20) – I have, of course, read this. Putting it on the list in case you haven’t.

Serena book cover   Serena movie poster

Serena by Ron Rash (March 27) – I’ve wanted to read this one. Plus JLaw is in the movie. And Bradley Cooper. Should probably read before it comes out. Another that probably won’t be near me.

The Longest Ride book cover   The Longest Ride movie poster

The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks (April 10) – I HIGHLY doubt I’ll read this one, but if you guys think I should, I’ll take it into consideration. Lol.

The Moon and the Sun book cover

The Moon and the Sun by Vonda McIntye (April 10 – no movie poster yet) – Not usually a fan of historical fiction, but “King Louis XIV seeks immortality by trying to steal the life force of a sea monster.” Um, yes.

These are the book to movie adaptations I’ve noticed for the first four months of the year. Have you guys read any of these books? Should I check any of them out? Let me know in the comments!