The Duff Blog Tour: Q and A with Kody Keplinger

Today, I'm thrilled to be part of Kody Keplinger's blog tour for her debut book, The Duff (which is now out!). And thanks to the lovely people at Little Brown and Kody herself, I have a Q and A with her for all of you to read! So, without a further ado...


1. In your opinion, what are the top three reasons why teens, or even adults, should consider picking The DUFF up the next time they see it online or in stores?

Oh, that’s tough!

First, because it’s about something we can all relate to – low self esteem – and I think everyone can connect with Bianca in some way or the other.

Second, because it’s funny and is meant to make you smile, even as Bianca deals with some serious issues.

Last, because Wesley is hot. Just sayin’. That’s why I’d read it.

2. The DUFF is told from the viewpoint of Bianca Piper, so would you mind telling us a little bit about her? Also, if you could offer her any advice, what would you say?

Oh, Bianca. Bianca is cynical, sarcastic, and, yes, at some points just bitter. But she’s also loyal and compassionate and, well, kind of lost. She’s struggling with who she is, how she fits in, and what kind of person she wants to be. Just like any high school girl might be.
My advice to Bianca would be to be less judgmental. Not just of others, but of herself, too. She’s too hard on herself.

3. If The DUFF had a theme song, what would it be?

Definitely “I Can’t Stay Away” by The Veronicas. That song is the whole reason I wrote the book. It truly inspired Bianca and Wesley’s relationship.

Other theme songs for the book are “Easier to Run” by Linkin Park, “Push” by Matchbox 20, and “The Only Exception” by Paramore.

There’s also a full playlist on my website . . . because I’m a nerd like that. :)

4. Do you have an absolute favorite scene or line from The DUFF? If so, would you mind telling us about it?

Gah!!! Yes, I do have a favorite line – but it’s a spoiler so I can’t share it! What I can say is that it comes in the form of a note on Bianca’s desk, and based on the feedback I’ve gotten from readers, it’s pretty much everyone’s favorite line in the book.

5. If you were given the chance to live in one book for one day, which book would you choose? Why?

The Harry Potter books. I would do ANYTHING to explore Hogwarts. Who wouldn’t?


Thanks so much, Kody! I can't wait to read The DUFF.

To find our more about The DUFF and Kody, be sure to head on over to Kody's site.


  1. I think the spoilery line she mentioned was my favourite too!

    Thanks for the interview guys :)

  2. I love her picks for theme song, and totally love her answer for #5 ;)

    Awesome interview!

  3. I can't wait to read this book!! What a fun interview.

  4. Awesome interview! Thanks, ladies!

    Love Kody's answer to #5, too! Who wouldn't, indeed.

  5. Great fun interview, I'm starting The DUFF tonight, now I'm even more excited!

  6. This one's on my wishlist and sounds like one I would really like.

  7. Great interview! I read The DUFF and loved it. I particularly like her response to the second question.


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