Hamilton High: The DUFF

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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 - NOW ON NETFLIX.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 30mm | 302g
  • Hodder Children's Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • None
  • 1444903500
  • 9781444903508
  • 26,623

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An interesting and enjoyable read Kelly Pringle, Liberton High Teen Titles
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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) *
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About Kody Keplinger

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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Rating details

189,584 ratings
3.81 out of 5 stars
5 33% (62,332)
4 32% (60,121)
3 23% (44,221)
2 8% (15,415)
1 4% (7,495)

Our customer reviews

The Duff. Sounds funny at first, but if you know what's hiding behind that term it doesn't sound entertaining or nice anymore. Designated Fat Ugly Friend And with only these four words, one boy has the power to make a girl like Bianca our protagonist feel like only second choice or none at all. Wesley is that very macho guy, known as the school's male ****, who keeps bothering Bianca throughout the entire story. Still Wesley is just the boy a girl like Bianca needs. She uses him as he uses her. And exactly the knowledge of him not caring about her seems to make it easy for Bianca to start distracting her troubled thoughts with him. It's no love at first sight and not the sweetest romance of YA contemporary. Therefore their relationship is rough and carnal. Very different from others, nonetheless attractive. I like that Bianca and Wesley are both so different in personality and yet they've got a lot in common. Although Wesley's the school ****, I couldn't but fall for his extreme charm and ...advantages. Their problems at home make these two characters, that appear shallow for only looking for physical contact, appear more sympathetic and one starts to feel for both of them. We meet their friends and families and see the effects their relationship has on their individual lives. There's a lot of sex. Raw, instinctive and meaningless. THE DUFF for once stands for another kind of contemporary romance. It shows that there doesn't need to be that long painful struggle to get the guy you want. You can get him first and realise your feelings later. Don't be afraid, there is still a big chaos of all kinds of emotions waiting for Bianca and Wesley.You'll get the full package! It's about teenage life and the difficult ways of falling in love, but also about the feeling of being a bad version of someone else, less attractive, less funny, smart, you name it. Kody Keplinger shows all the teenage girls and boys that there's no need to feel like that. The message is about friendship and accepting yourself the way you are, no need to compare yourself to others and feel less important or clever or beautiful. You are just perfect the way you are! THE VERDICT THE DUFF- A snappy, witty, feel-good novel. A sexy debut about the struggles of a teenage life and the true meaning of being the Duff. THE DUFF carries a fantastic and important message and you should definitely not miss Kody Keplinger's awesome debut. A very different kind of love story, but one nonetheless thrilling and engaging!show more
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