Designated Ugly Fat Friend : A Novel

eBook - 2010
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Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper starts sleeping with Wesley Rush, a notorious womanizer who disgusts her, in order to distract her from her personal problems, and to her surprise, the two of them find they have a lot in common and are able to help each other find more productive ways to deal with their difficulties.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316173698
Branch Call Number: eBOOK
PZ7.K439 Du 2010eb
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
Alternative Title: Designated ugly fat friend


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Jan 07, 2017

I just want to put a content warning out there! Readers should be at least sixteen years of age, if not older! There are some pretty serious problems in here that are not appropriate for young readers, or so I believe. But the self-discovery plot of the book was rather entertaining. The characters all have their individual quirks, and the plot flows very nicely with everything. (Does anyone know that certain characters are interconnected in the other books by this author? Bianca and Wesley are mentioned in A Midsummer's Nightmare, which freaked me out after I reread it.) But overall, I hope that people aren't like this in reality too often! 4/5 Stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Ammmaaazing book!! Wesley is such a crushy guy! This book had me giggling like a teenage girl at most of the time, screaming at it occasionally... had me holding it close to my heart and sighing contently.. even had me kissing the book once,(making me forget my dad playing chess just by my side..).. IKR? ;)

In short, it was a wonderful experience!

Apr 12, 2016

My sister recommended I read The DUFF for well over a year. She bought it, read it, and then immediately read it all over again. I did not have that same level of interest, fairly certain that it would be a lot of texting and lip gloss. I didn't want to read some daft chick lit. Luckily, The DUFF isn't like that at all. It would definitely fall in the YA section as a teen romance, but it is firmly injected with a dose of cynicism. Kody Keplinger wrote a sex-positive book that reads realistically while transcending to become better than real adolescents talk and act, perhaps with a touch more literary references than the average Snapchat. Regardless, I was drawn in and felt it was wonderfully well written. It has a whiff of the kinky escapism of FIFTY SHADES for the younger generation and dares to go there. It isn't too condescending, either, which makes for a much better read. Full disclosure: I have watched the film of the same name. I don't know what exactly it is that I watched, but it sure as hell wasn't what I read. Never in all my life have I seen an adaptation that wandered so far off. The film was okay, mediocre but entertaining nonetheless, while the book exceeds all my expectations by being nothing -- and I do mean nothing, short of the use of character names -- like what I watched. The plot is not the same. If you've seen the film, you have not read the book. It's baffling to me how you could legally call the film an adaptation of the book when there is no likeness between the two. If I had read the book first, I would have been infuriated. I still haven't gotten over what they did to MY SISTER'S KEEPER, trashing integral characters and going for the exact opposite of conclusions. Whatever. I devoured this book in a day. Please don't let your preconceptions surrounding the ridiculous title scare you off. This isn't an Internet meme fleshed out into a novel. No, it's a solid narrative in its own right that I definitely recommend. What did I learn from reading it? I should listen to my sister more often.

Jul 29, 2015

I did not enjoy this read at all. The writing was childish and choppy, the characters were flat and stupid, and the book just enforces the idea that girls can't feel good about themselves unless a guy confirms it. Urgh, I can't comprehend how this book became a movie.

Jul 24, 2015

Book was an easy and fun read.

dassawassa Jul 14, 2015

i stay up untill 2 am because i had to finish the book. that is how good it is.

red_bear_485 Jul 11, 2015

I seeing the movie and I like it so much. Now that i going to read the book. <(")

Jul 07, 2015

WAY DIFFERENT FROM THE MOVIE. Comedy, coming-of-age drama, and contains sexual continet**

th3pr0digy Jun 24, 2015

This book had me laughing constantly and smiling from ear to ear.

Jun 16, 2015

this book is awesome

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Jul 11, 2013

Sexual Content: The content was sexual so I would 14 and higher

Jun 16, 2013

Sexual Content: Bianca, the main charector, uses sex with Wesley to relieve her stress from her problems. The sex happens multiple times, and each time gets very in detail about what they are doing. Mentions of a blowjob. Starts to have sex with another guy besides Wesley.

julz1985 Sep 26, 2012

Coarse Language: a few "F bombs" and other insults

julz1985 Sep 26, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There is one intense scene in the book

julz1985 Sep 26, 2012

Sexual Content: Lots of sex

betty302010 Aug 09, 2012

Other: teen apropiate

Jan 25, 2012

Sexual Content: Lots

Jan 25, 2012

Coarse Language: Lots of swearing

white_badger_18 Sep 27, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.


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Jun 30, 2015

“No matter where you go or what you do to distract yourself, reality catches up with you eventually.”

Jun 16, 2015

wesley rush does not chase girls, girls chase him

Jun 16, 2013

"She thought I was one of Wesley's tramps. She thought I was a slutty chick he screwed around with. Wesley has told me that his grandmother disapproved of his 'lifestyle.' She hates the way he slept around. And seeing me in the backseat, she'd just assumed I was another floozy he'd picked up. I looked away, staring out my window to avoid seeing the expression of disgust on the old women's face. I felt hurt and angry. Mostly because it was true."

betty302010 Aug 09, 2012

never use anywone or take advantage of for anything else

Ambiii Jun 13, 2012

“"Can I ask you a question?" "No I will not give you a blow job."”

Ambiii143 Jun 05, 2012

"Can I ask you a question?"
"No I will not give you a blow job."

Aug 18, 2011

"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." "Kinky." —Bianca and Wesley

Aug 18, 2011

'I think about you much more than any self-respecting man would like to admit...No one else makes me WANT to embarrass myself by writing sappy letters like this one.
Only you.' —Wesley Rush

Aug 18, 2011

'Wesley Rush doesn't chase girls, but I'm chasing you.' —Wesley Rush


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Jul 14, 2014

Seventeen year old Bianca Piper starts sleeping with Wesley Rush, the high school womanizer. She's using him to distract her from her problems. To her surprise, they have more in common and Bianca learns to see herself and others in a new light.

betty302010 Aug 09, 2012

a girl being used by boys just to get to her hot friends

BPLNextBestTeens Dec 16, 2011

Life isn’t exactly a dream for Bianca Piper but it gets nightmarish for the seventeen-year-old when her dad gets served divorce papers by her always absent mom and he breaks his eighteen years of sobriety. Bianca is ashamed and saddened by her home life and does her best to conceal it from her two best friends Casey and Jessica.

Suddenly the one person she finds herself drawn to is Wesley Rush, the arrogant womanizer that had the nerve to nickname her Duffy, based on her being the “designated ugly fat friend” compared to Casey and Jessica. The nickname stings, but spending time with one of the hottest guys in school makes Bianca feel like nothing else in the world matters, which provides an excellent distraction from her parent’s divorce. Wesley and Bianca initially start off as “enemies with benefits” using one another, but then Bianca finds herself falling for someone who may not be such a bad guy after all…..

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