The Duff (Designated Ugly Fat Friend)

The Duff (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) - Kody Keplinger I absolutely adored this book. I think it’s going to be one of those books that I want to read over and over again.CharactersThe main character, Bianca is offended at being called “the Duff” by a classmate. She hates this guy, Wesley, he’s a womanising, smug, arrogant asshole and Bianca despises him. But she’s going through some things, and she ends up sleeping with Wesley on a regular basis with the idea that she feels nothing for this boy so she can’t get hurt but gets the “distraction” provided by the sex. This is one of the reasons I loved this book, there wasn’t any of that insta-love nonsense. Bianca hates Wesley and says herself that she’s just using him to distract her from the trouble with her family.Bianca’s best friends, Jessica and Casey are great. They’re supporting characters but aren’t annoying, they constantly support Bianca and are in it until the end.Wesley, ah, Wesley. I have a tendency to fall in love with male characters in books. I didn’t fall in love with Wesley but I love him as a character. He wasn’t completely one dimensional, he had personality. He was funny, sarcastic and going through his own stuff that made him seem a lot more realistic than love interests can sometimes be.PlotI’ve been reading a lot of contemporary YA lately, I’m loving the cute, cliché drama and The Duff was no different. Bianca is a normal 17 year old with insecurities and issues with her family. Her insecurities are heightened by Wesley referring to her as the Duff until she realises that everyone feels that way in high school. Everyone feels like they’re not good enough.ConclusionI love love loved this book. I loved that Wesley and Bianca spent time together and started to fall in love. I love that both of their lives weren’t perfect. I love that these kids were depicted as having safe, consensual sex (it happens, pretending it doesn’t is silly and unrealistic). I just loved everything and recommend it for fans of contemporary YA.