The Book vs the Movie: The DUFF


Book written by Kody Keplinger, 2011
Movie directed by Ari Sandel, 2015


Synopsis from


Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper may not be the prettiest girl in her high school, but she has a loyal group of friends, a biting wit, and a spot-on BS detector. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush, who calls Bianca the Duff–the designated ugly fat friend–of her crew.

But things aren’t so great at home and Bianca, desperate for a distraction, 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.





The Duff Poster 

Which I Viewed First: The book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: The book, though the movie was pretty good (but a lot different).

Out of 5 stars, the Book Gets: 5 stars.

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 4 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: This comparison is a little difficult because the book and the movie just felt like different stories to me. While the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) is a concept in both, the book seemed to be darker at times, more focused on Bianca’s relationship with Wes, and didn’t go into a lot into the whole DUFF thing like the movie did. But I believe the plot in the book worked better for that medium and I found it more interesting than the movie. I also felt more connected to the characters.

Things the Movie Did Better:  I like that the movie seems to be a little fluffier overall, despite the bullying aspect (which isn’t in the book). I felt the bullying was an interesting story change but it did make it a lot more different than the book. It kind of had a chick flick, Mean Girls kind of vibe, but that worked well for movie format. I did like the whole uplifting “DUFF” thing near the end, though.

Verdict?: The book.

Should the movie be re-made?: Nah.

What do you think? Agree, disagree? Would love to hear your thoughts!


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