The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: 2015 for this edition
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Romance, Friendship, Family Drama
It’s weird how things can change over the years (or sometimes very suddenly).
I read this book 5 years ago, pretty instantly after watching the movie, and… I basically hated it. I hated Bianca. I hated the pacing. I hated the clichés. Actually, there isn’t much I did like since I ended up giving it a one-star rating.
But this time around, I liked it. Maybe it’s because I knew what to expect, so I could manage my expectations and choose the right time to read it. I don’t think this could ever be the kind of story that I end up LOVING, because the clichés are still there and it’s very full of teenage angst.
BUT. I enjoyed Bianca this time around, probably because I’m also in a cynical mood right now with all that’s happening, and also a little regarding love. I’m also confused, like Bianca is. I also want to distract myself and ‘‘escape,’’ like she does, although not in the same way. I guess a lot of people feel that way right now.
This is not the first time I reread a book to which I previously gave a one-star, and end up appreciating its content more, so I wonder sometimes if I’m trying to force a connection with the books I reread, and how this translates with people. Is it normal to sometimes be in the mood to see someone, for example a date, and other times not, and does this mean that there’s no real connection going on? I didn’t think this book would make me think so much, but it does.