The title stands for "The Designated Ugly Fat Friend" and marks the first novel by the 20-year-old Keplinger, which will be released on September 7. Below is a description of the novel from the book's publisher, Poppy:
"Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn't think she's the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She's also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her "Duffy," she throws her Coke in his face.
But things aren't so great at home right now. Desperate for a distraction, Bianca ends up kissing Wesley. And likes it. Eager for escape, she throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with Wesley.
Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out that 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."
No writer or director has been attached to the film as of yet, but we'll be sure to keep you posted as further details on this project emerge.
The DUFF was released February 20th, 2015 and stars Bella Thorne, Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Allison Janney, Skyler Samuels, Ken Jeong, Bianca A. Santos, Romany Malco. The film is directed by Ari Sandel.