Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Lying Out Loud : Book Review

Title: Lying Out Loud
Author: Kody Keplinger
Book Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Release Date: July 2nd 2015
Publisher: Hachette Children's Books
Book Source: NetGalley

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Revisit Hamilton High in this MUST READ for all fans of The DUFF - co-starring Bianca and Wesley.
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?

The DUFF is a New York Times Bestseller and a major motion picture starring Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell, Mae Whitman and Alison Janney.


The interesting thing about Lying Out Loud is that neither character is very likable to begin with. I found both of them annoying, and pretentious in their own ways, but they also had me intrigued.  Ryder is the new boy in school who couldn't open his mouth once without dissing the town, the school, his classmates, and the circumstances that made it vital for him to move to Hamilton. Naturally, he didn't make much - or any - friends with such an attitude. The one person he didn't diss, was Amy, who he was seriously crushing on. However, both Amy and Sonny weren't big fans of Ryder, so when he texts Amy to ask her out on a really bad day for Sonny, she decides to write him a really mean text reply to feel better. Both she and Amy laugh about it, only as a joke, but with no intention of actually sending it, just saving it, Sonny clicks on the wrong button. Amy is mortified and so Sonny promises to apologize, only it doesn't stop at that as Sonny finds herself texting Ryder repeatedly and falling for him and that he is slowly falling for her... but he thinks she's Amy. This time Sonny's numerous lies lands her in a problem that might cost her both her best friend and the guy she loves.

I'd honestly wanted to know more about Amy since I read the DUFF so I was glad to see her here, even if she wasn't the focus of the book she played a large part in it. I enjoyed learning more about the family dynamics in the Rush family since in the DUFF, it had been all Wesley, with tiny glimpses of Amy and mentions of his parents. The problem is, I couldn't reconcile these really loving, incredible and completely involved parents with the ones from the first book, which was one of the very few issues I had with this story. Though maybe they were trying to make it up by overcompensating? But Sonny talked about them as if it was the norm, the way they'd always been, which shouldn't be true.

With Keplinger's usual fashion, once you ignore the surface and what shows of Sonny and Ryder's pretentious characters, you get to slide into their depth and learn more about each of them, slowly making you fall for them. Kody has a way of creating very flawed characters, always unique, with the most bizarre but very real situations and I absolutely love that about her. Her writing is incredible, gripping, and flows easily. I like how this book was more about forgiveness, redemption, standing up for yourself, not taking advantage of others as well as so many things as each character starts to recognize their faults and learns from them. I truly loved it!

Rating: 4/5.


  1. Thank you for sharing, I hadn't heard of this book before :) not sure its my cup of tea as annoying characters really bother me haha

    1. Haha well it does improve immensely but I definitely get where you're coming from