Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Book Review: The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend, by Kody Keplinger

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend
By: Kody Keplinger
ISBN-10: 0316084239
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It seems that Bianca’s whole life changes the minute Wesley Rush, the ultimate school playboy, calls her a DUFF—a designated ugly fat friend. Before Bianca realizes it, she’s slipping away from her best friends, and the rough spot her parents are going through only seems to be getting worse. To take her mind off of everything bad happening in her life, she begins sleeping with Wesley, but their enemies-with-benefits status might not be as solid as Bianca thought.

Parents should be aware that this book contains:

• Profanity (many uses of the F-word, b*tch, *sshole, sh*t, d*mn, and h*ll)
• Kissing
• Sexuality (pretty detailed sex scenes between teenagers, oral sex, a teenaged boy puts his hand in a girl’s pants, references to a minor having had sex with an adult, the main character calls many people [including herself] sluts and whores, rumor about someone getting pregnant, references to breasts, reference to a character sleeping naked, sexual references throughout)
• Reference to someone being homosexual; a character rants about supporting homosexual marriage
• A character who is a recovering alcoholic drinks heavily
• Parents get divorced
• Violence (a girl throws coke in a boy’s face, a man hits his daughter, a boy punches a man)
• Lying

The DUFF has a good message about how everyone makes mistakes, but people can learn from those mistakes and move on. Unfortunately, the story, though fast-paced, is full of sex and profanity, and most definitely not appropriate for young teens.

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