The Duff: Designated Ugly Fat Friend
Story by: Kody Keplinger
Frumpy high-school senior Bianca (Mae Whitman) has a rude awakening when she learns that her classmates secretly know her as the DUFF — designated ugly fat friend — to her prettier and more popular pals. Desperate to reinvent herself, Bianca enlists the aid of Wesley (Robbie Amell), a charming jock. In order to save her senior year from becoming a complete disaster, Bianca must find the confidence to overthrow a judgmental student (Bella Thorne) and revolutionize the school’s social order.
Rating on Rotten Tomatoes: 64%
Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.
But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.
Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.
“Spanish, huh?” he said, glancing down at the scattered papers as he grabbed them. “Can you say anything interesting?”
“El tono de tu voz hace que queria estrangularme.” I stood up and waited for him to hand over my papers.
“That sounds sexy,” he said, getting to his feet and handing me the stack of Spanish work he’d swept together. “What’s it mean?”
“The sound of your voice makes me want to strangle myself.”
Rating on Goodreads: 3.92
“Wesley Rush doesn’t chase girls, but I’m chasing you.”
I think Wesley Rush may be one of my favourite book boyfriends.
The Duff was an exciting read that really kept me on the tip of my toes. Admittedly, the book does contain some slightly more mature content, but I think it really helped to boost the book to an even better level. At the start of the book, Bianca and Wesley do not like each other, and are certainly not neighbours. Wesley is described as a careless rich boy, who has immoral habits, that is looked down upon by Bianca.
In the movie, Bianca and Wesley are neighbours. I did not really like this change, as it kind of sets of the classic and cliche “I fell in love with my neighbour” romance story line. Do not worry though. Bianca liked someone else (who was not her neighbour) originally. Apart from that, Wesley is portrayed with a slightly nicer personality. All of that mature content that happened in the book was also taken out, presumably to make it more friendly towards the younger audience.
The most important difference of all, is the story line. The movie follows a completely different story line to the book! No joke. In the book, Bianca had quite a strong relationship with her dad. As readers, we also get to see how Bianca and her dad overcome their difficulties, and how their relationship became strengthened. As I mentioned before, all of this deep stuff was unfortunately taken out. In fact, Bianca’s dad was edited out of the movie entirely.
There were some things I did not like about the movie. For example, Bianca and Wesley set off on a shopping trip to help Bianca “unduff” herself. I feel like this promotes a negative message that says we shouldn’t be like ourselves. I think that everyone is perfect just the way they are, and that there is really no need to change ourselves to fit the standards of society. However, the movie redeems itself later on, when Bianca stops trying to change herself. Regardless of that, the movie was fun, light, and hysterical! I quite liked it. The books is also very meaningful, so I really recommend that you read it!
Meanwhile… here’s the trailer!