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Kody Keplinger

Author of The DUFF

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About the Author

Kody Keplinger was born in Kentucky. She wrote her first novel, The Duff (Designated Ugly Fat Friend), while in high school. It was adapted into a motion picture. Her other books include LOL (Lying out Loud), Secrets and Lies, A Midsummer's Nightmare, Shut Out, and The Swift Boys and Me. She is the show more co-founder of Disability in KidLit and teaches at the Gotham Writers Workshops in New York City. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Kody Keplinger

The DUFF (2010) 1,703 copies
That's Not What Happened (2018) 455 copies
Shut Out (2011) 349 copies
A Midsummer's Nightmare (2012) 247 copies
Lying out Loud (2015) 157 copies
Run (2016) 145 copies
Lila and Hadley (2019) 145 copies
Poison Ivy: Thorns (2021) 103 copies
The Swift Boys & Me (2014) 96 copies
The Duff [2015 film] (2014) — Writer — 85 copies
Run (2016) 25 copies
Goldfish 17 copies

Associated Works

Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World (2017) — Contributor — 257 copies
Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens (2018) — Contributor — 196 copies


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Poison Ivy is one of my all-time favorite superpowered characters, so I was really excited to see any sort of new graphic novel starring her! Seeing Pamela/Ivy come into herself, stand up for what she wants, and just in general be the badass brainiac she is was the strongest aspect of the story. She really does read like a teen who is still figuring herself out, and I think a lot of young readers will connect with her.
The plot itself was downright predictable - there are absolutely zero moments that took me by surprise, and I think the writing could have been more creative in that respect. Also, the side characters suffer from major Side Character Meant to Develop the Plot Syndrome. Even Alice, the charming goth that she is, has zero personality besides being a feisty goth who likes Ivy (did I mention she's goth? Just making sure you know Alice is goth, because that's basically her sole personality trait). That being said, it WAS fun to see her and Ivy come together; I think they make a sweet young-love couple (although I'm still a diehard Harlivy believer). ;)… (more)
deborahee | 6 other reviews | Feb 23, 2024 |
Kody Keplinger and Sarah Kipin’s Poison Ivy: Thorns reimagines Pamela Isley’s origin, portraying her as confined to her house under the control of her menacing father. Pamela also feels a desperation to save the local park where she used to walk with her mother, though it’s now threatened with demolition for constructing high rises. Meanwhile, her high school offers no support beyond allowing her to tend to a greenhouse; the principal slut-shames girls and the jocks are the usual bullies. Fortunately, Alice Oh takes an interest and helps Pamela to find her confidence. Alice ends up spending time at Pamela’s house, where she discovers family secrets and becomes Pam’s confidant.

The story draws upon a rich vein of gothic literature, with echoes of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights including a secret in the attic. The Isley mansion further features a basement laboratory with a gothic revival/second empire aesthetic on the outside. Keplinger revels in the gothic moments of their story, developing the mood from the outset and adding meaning to each pause. Kipin’s art furthers this, with each glance, reaction, furtive gesture revealing characters’ truths. There’s a simplicity to Kipin’s art that makes it more accessible, as they focus on the most important features for emotion while referencing the movements and gestures that characterized the covers of gothic novels. Just as gothic literature explored gender roles, Keplinger’s story touches on Pamela’s gender identity without making it her defining feature. Fans of recent portrayals of Ivy in Harley Quinn and other titles will find this a welcome addition to the Poison Ivy oeuvre.
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DarthDeverell | 6 other reviews | Feb 2, 2024 |
It's a bit difficult to date books with such intense subject matter sometimes. I loved the premise though, and thought it was told in a very compassionate and realistic way. How trauma affects people, and how stories or small misunderstandings can spread out of control and take on a life of their own, especially after death.
Jenniferforjoy | 17 other reviews | Jan 29, 2024 |
I’ve been listening to a lot of Taylor swift so I wanted a teenage romance novel. I saw this at the library and since I’d seen the movie of this book I figured it would be a good fit.

The book is, as my two star rating says, Just OK. I didn’t hate it, I didn’t love it. I’m guessing there are better things out there if I had looked a little harder.
hmonkeyreads | 148 other reviews | Jan 25, 2024 |



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