Kody Keplinger is a USA Today and The New York Times bestselling author. She wrote her debut novel, The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend), at the age of seventeen. The DUFF was chosen as a YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers and a Romantic Times Top Pick, and was adapted into a major motion picture. Kody has since written several other books for kids and teens, including The Swift Boys & Me, Lying Out Loud, and Run. She lives in New York City and teaches at Gotham Writers.