The DUFF. The Designated Ugly Fat Friend. This is the nickname awarded to Bianca Piper by Wesley Rush. Wesley is a obnoxious, egotistical womanizer. He's also totally hot.
Bianca's going through a lot these days. Her ex-boyfriend is back in town, and he brought is fiance home from college with him. Plus, her parents are having problems. This wouldn't normally be a problem since her mom is practically nonexistent anyway, but it's making her dad a wreck. He's started drinking again after being on the wagon for 18 years and Bianca's worried. So on top of everything, when Wesley tells Bianca that she's the DUFF, she's pissed. And the only cure for her anger is distraction. In a moment of rage, she kisses Wesley, and she's definitely distracted. And attracted.
Bianca is honest, loyal, snarky, and down-to-earth. She's also confused, overwhelmed, and cynical. She's a pretty typical teen who does some pretty typical things, some of which she's proud of and other's she wouldn't want her friends (let alone her parents) to know about. She's relatable and unrelenting, and whether you end up loving her or hating her, you won't be able to put the book down. Recommended to high school readers.
Call number: YA KEPLINGER; YA CD KEPLINGER (Teen Room)
Reviewed by kate the librarian
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