Thursday, August 12, 2010


We have been waiting so long to post about this incredible debut and we can finally talk about it! YAY :)

Kody Keplinger has captured something truly insightful in her debut release THE DUFF.

So many people have written such glowing reviews of this book that we had a hard time coming up with something unique. But, one thing that we loved about this book was its complete and total universalism. Not only could we relate to feeling like Bianca as a teen, but we still feel like her sometimes at 40!

We loved how Kody captured that feeling of being "on the outside" whether you feel like you are not in the right clique in your job, or your community, or you aren't achieving what you thought you would in your career. We all know what it feels like to feel like you are on the "outside" of a circle of people. But what was so beautiful about this book was that it let you know that you are not alone. And more oft than not, you are NOT outside the circle. You're inside. You just feel like you're outside because you're human.

And we all feel that way from time to time.

Hi, this is SF, chiming in . . .

YES!!! Great post, Katie.

I, too, thought The Duff was amazing, and it really hit on that feeling of inadequacy that stays with all of us throughout our lives. How we perceive ourselves so often is a result of labels or self-perpetuated insecurity.

Kody hit one out of the park with this one!


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Christine Fonseca said...

I CAN NOT wait to read this!

Tere Kirkland said...

Me, too!

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Well said! i whipped right through this book, but I was affected emotionally all the same.

Meredith said...

Yay! Can't wait for this one.

Matthew Rush said...

Normally (as a grown man who likes reading about murder, explosions, swords, spells, elves and ... all those manly things) I would say this isn't for me. But I have heard so many wonderful things about this book, and I have felt that way, especially at that age, so I may have to pick it up.

I also have a daughter who just entered ninth grade and I'm almost certain this kind of story would be perfect for her.

storyqueen said...

You know, I look forward to Thursdays for the Bookinistas!

I love hearing about new books and books people love. I used to teach a workshop to teacher/writers called, "Any Book You Love Can Be Your Teacher." It dealt with using authors we love as our writing mentors.

And, I can't wait to read The Duff!

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