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A Reader of Fictions: Fat Bottomed Girls - Queen

A Reader of Fictions

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Fat Bottomed Girls - Queen

The D.U.F.F.

Author: Kody Keplinger
Genre: young adult
Pages: 277
ARC Acquired From: Little, Brown and Company

Brief Summary:
Bianca has two best friends, Casey and Jessica, who are both blonde, peppy and gorgeous. Bianca is not those things; she is sarcastic, ginger and a wee bit chubby. This never bothered her until the hot, promiscuous guy at their high school, Wesley Rush, pointed out to her that she was the Duff, the Designated Ugly Fat Friend. Ouch. This, accompanied by some major family drama, drives her to make some rash decisions in an effort to escape her life, while also attempting to reevaluate it.

To paraphrase one of my favorite movies of all time (The Producers, the original from 1968): I never in a million years thought I'd ever love a book called The Duff (Designated Ugly Fat Friend). I was all kinds of prepared to hate this book, through an automatic, knee-jerk sympathetic reaction for the main character. Being the Duff sucks and I feared the book would mock that role.

From the beginning, I identified somewhat with Bianca. The book opens with her, and her two gorgeous, party-loving friends, out at the local teen spot, where they can dance and hook up. Bianca just sits at the 'bar,' drinking cherry coke (the best standard soda choice) and rolling her eyes at the ridiculous teen antics. She is sarcastic and super not interested in dealing with any of the people there. How can I not identify with a sarcastic, cynical main character who has a forbidding aura when in an uncomfortable social situation?

The revelation of being the Duff too, I sympathized with. There are definitely times where I have been the wingman (winglady?), there to give encouragement and be ignored by the menfolk. This can have positive side effects, such as free drinks for you (since the guy wants to show your friend how kind he is). In Ireland, I performed this function quite a bit. But, no matter how much you mostly don't mind, it does where on you. Even a girl like Bianca, who does not believe in young love or really want a relationship, still wants, perhaps needs, to feel desirable.

I imagine this book may upset some parents, given that the kids in it make some unwise sexual decisions (honestly, they have sex, which is the decision that may anger parents of a certain ilk). Still, the book advocates healthy messages, like safe sex and positive self-image. More than that, this book achieved a rare, magical thing: the characters felt like real people and I could hardly put the book down.

Highly recommended! Seriously, do not judge the title, just give it a shot!

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Blogger Nina said...

Great review. I like the sound of the main character, that she's not perfect. :)

September 14, 2010 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Thanks! The book was really great. I hadn't expected to like it, but it earned my respect!

September 15, 2010 at 1:04 AM  
Blogger Gina said...

LOL. I can honestly agree with you on the title and my desire to read it....never had any real interest in it, but that's starting to change. The more I read about it, the more it sounds like something to really have a look at. Thanks for the recommendation!

September 16, 2010 at 4:29 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I REALLY want to read this, nearly every review I have read talks about what a powerful little book it is. Enjoyed your review:)

March 28, 2012 at 12:41 PM  

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