2015 Reviews · Books · movie

The DUFF and LOL

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The Designated Ugly Fat Friend and Lying Out Loud (series called Hawthorne Heights)

Teen drama and comedy. I like the author and. I’ll be trying some more of her works out in the Future. These two books almost had me nostalgic of my high school years.

The Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger 4★ Read in February 2015.

Cute. A good teen angst, family drama and high school drama with a coming-of-age story. Liked the main character Bianca. Lots of sex stuff and language is that of a sailor’s, so definitely a mature young adult audience for this. I just hope the movie tones that down just a small notch because it seemed like all the characters were really really sexually hormonal. I have seen commercials for the movie and it had me curious, especially because I’ve never heard of the slang DUFF. The word is offensive but it ended with a positive spin to that…

“Calling Vikki a slut or a whore was just like calling someone the Duff. It was insulting and hurtful, and it was one of those titles that just fed off of an inner fear every girl must have from time to time. Slut, bitch, prude, tease, ditz. They were all the same. Every girl felt like one of these sexist labels described her at some point. So, maybe, every girl felt like the Duff, too?”


The book ended up being a quick and easy mature young adult book to read. I did like Kody’s writing and the story did almost make me teary eyed. It was a little realistic and some high school nostalgia, even with the happily ever after fantasy ending.

Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger 4★ Read in June 2015

Duff and Hamilton High series book. Read Duff, so I knew who some of the characters were. But this book also connects with other characters in the Hamilton High series. Interesting seeing them but not sure how relevant they were to the plot.
The story was good and even has some tear-jerker moments. I liked the main set of characters. I thought it was all cute and nicely done with some realistic moments and much more realistic dysfunctional family stuff.

The Movie: The film was a lot more funnier than the book. It was able to get all the humor that the Kody tried to do for The DUFF. The book had some ha ha funny parts. But the movie was just one big laugh. Almost reminded me of American Pie. Almost.



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