Author: Kody Keplinger
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Release Date: 2nd July 2015
Publishers: Hodder Children’s Books
No. Pages: 368
Buy at: BookDepository
Kody Keplinger returns to the world of The DUFF in this brand-new companion novel!
Sonny Ardmore is an excellent liar. She lies about her dad being in prison. She lies about her mom kicking her out. And she lies about sneaking into her best friend’s house every night because she has nowhere else to go.
Amy Rush might be the only person Sonny shares everything with— secrets, clothes, even a nemesis named Ryder Cross.
Ryder’s the new kid at Hamilton High and everything Sonny and Amy can’t stand—a prep-school snob. But Ryder has a weakness: Amy. So when Ryder emails Amy asking her out, the friends see it as a prank opportunity not to be missed.
But without meaning to, Sonny ends up talking to Ryder all night online. And to her horror, she realizes that she might actually like him. Only there’s one small catch: he thinks he’s been talking to Amy. So Sonny comes up with an elaborate scheme to help Ryder realize that she’s the girl he’s really wanted all along. Can Sonny lie her way to the truth, or will all her lies end up costing her both Ryder and Amy?
I wasn’t the biggest fan of Keplinger’s The DUFF, but the premise for this book sounded like it would be a light and fun read which was exactly what I was in the mood for.
Lying Out Loud follows Sonny Ardmore, who is a compulsive liar with a difficult home life, and her best friend Amy Rush, the good girl with the perfect family. One of my main issues with Keplinger’s first book was that I hated how cynical the main character, Bianca, was. Fortunately, Sonny and Bianca weren’t very alike and I found her more likable. That being said, I still had quite a few issues with her. For one, we’re told about how amazing she is at lying but then on multiple occasions when she actually displays her ‘talent’ no one believes her. I dislike when authors tell you their character is good at something but then don’t back it up in the story. Another issue I had with Sonny was the fact that she constantly does things that hurt and upset Amy, the person she’s supposedly closest too. I understand we all make mistakes but it feels like every few chapters Sonny is hurting Amy, and her actions are called out and she apologises but then she does almost the same thing a few chapters later. I pretty much questioned why Amy was still friends with her every other chapter.
There was only one purpose of Amy’s character – so that Sonny had someone to compare herself to. I don’t know if Keplinger did this to incite pity from the reader for Sonny or not, but it only resulted in irritating me. I got that Amy was so perfect and Sonny could never measure up to her the first time, I really didn’t need to read it over and over again.
To sum up the plot it’s about Sonny wanting to prank the arrogant new kid, Ryder, who has a crush on Amy after he sends her friend an email asking her out. Sonny ends up talking to Ryder all night and realises she may actually like him. To her dismay, Ryder believes it was Amy he was talking to the entire time. So Sonny comes up with a plan to make him realise it’s her he likes and not Amy.
One of the things I really liked about The DUFF was that it was a really quick read, unfortunately this wasn’t nearly as fast. There’s a lot of repetition in the plot which both slowed down the story and made it boring. A lot of scenes felt like filler scenes which didn’t serve any purpose in the main plot of the story.
Personally the biggest let down about this book for me was the fact that I felt no connection to the romance. I did not understand why Sonny suddenly went from despising Ryder to loving him. He was boring, snobby and uninteresting. I think the only time I saw anything redeemable about him was near the end of the book but even then it wasn’t enough to convince me to like him.
I was expecting more from the story, but it still was an okay read. If you’re looking for something a light and easy book, you should give this a try.