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 realises 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 realise 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? – Blurb taken from Goodreads.
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary,
Romance, Chick Lit
Published: April 28th 2015, Scholastic
Series: N/A – ‘The Duff’ Companion
‘Lying Out Loud‘ is a companion novel to ‘The Duff‘, written by 25-year-old Kody Keplinger. She wrote her debut novel ‘The Duff‘, now a major motion picture featuring Robbie Amell, when she was just 17.
The thing I really enjoyed about ‘Lying Out Loud‘, was the references to ‘The Duff‘ that were included, such as the references to Wesley and Bianca. They were written in a way that it doesn’t matter if you’ve not read ‘The Duff‘, it still makes sense, it’s just an added bonus if you have read it.
“Paper cuts are like battle scars for the academic… I, on the other hand, am best friends with Wikipedia”
‘Lying Out Loud‘ is funny, witty and an easy read, everything you’d want from a contemporary read. Whilst it deals with some serious issues, such as being thrown out by your parent, but for the most part the book is fairly lighthearted. Similarly, like with ‘Percy Jackson‘, I felt that this was the perfect book for when you wanted to read something that didn’t require much thinking in order to understand the plot.
“Hell hath no fury like a girl defending her bestie,”
The book deals very much with the idea of letting boys come between friendships. This is a common thing that happens amongst teenagers, and therefore makes the book very relatable to its Young Adult audience. For me, it was obvious that Sonny didn’t mean to allow Ryder to come between her and Amy’s friendship, but clearly she was too wrapped up in her lies, and soon enough she couldn’t find her way out of it.
“Sometimes people surprise you, if you let them,”
I also found that ‘Lying Out Loud‘ focused on a very important issue, first impressions. Ryder is extremely judged by everyone in the beginning, as it seemed nobody had really taken the time to get to know him. Sonny is so rude to him in class, but when she finds out his back story through their late night messages online, she realises he’s really not the person she thought he was. This is a really important message to convey to young people, especially in schools, as it’s so easy to judge someone before you know anything about them, and you never know what might be going on behind closed doors.
I gave this book 2 stars, purely because of it’s simplicity. It’s a brilliant book don’t get me wrong, and I really enjoyed it, but I prefer books with a slightly complicated story line that require a bit more thought most of the time. But this was perfect for my bus journey’s to work and breaks in the staff room. The swearing definitely prevents this book from being aimed towards the lower half of Young Adults, (tweens), but I’d say it’s suitable for 15-16 year old’s, who would probably get more enjoyment from it!
Have you guys read any of Kody Keplinger’s books, or have you seen ‘The Duff‘? Let me know in the comments, along with your thoughts!
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