Book Review: Lying Out Loud (Kody Keplinger)


 *I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Publisher: Hatchette Children’s Books
Pages: 309
Release Date: July 2nd 2015
Summary (From Goodreads):
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 was actually quite surprised how much I enjoyed this book.
I read The Duff a few months back and enjoyed it but was not wowed by it – some of it was a little cheesy for me and I didn’t always connect well with Bianca.
I preferred this companion book a lot more. I felt really connected with Sonny, despite her being a massive liar. Her friendship with Amy was really touching and it I did wish that would take centre stage a little more, rather than the romance. But I guess that was kind of the point of the book…
The misunderstanding that starts everything off was really smooth – I didn’t see it coming, but once it happened it was totally obvious. And it was easy to see how it continued at first: how one lie leads to another and suddenly you’re caught up in something that”s getting out of control.
But after a certain point, anyone could see that the lying had to stop – but Sonny carried on. That’s when I started to disconnect a little. I know it was for the plot, but it just made it become less and less believable, especially as she had so many chances to tell the truth.
The relationship between Ryder and Sonny was really sweet and I loved watching it develop. There was obviously such a connection there, it’s strange how he couldn’t tell it was really her and not Amy talking to him after a while. I did find myself liking Sonny a little less as the book when on and she kept using Amy to get Ryder, or ditching Amy for Ryder. It’s sad to see someone jeopardise a great friendship over some boy they barely know.
This was a quick, easy read and an enjoyable one that I’d recommend for any fans of The Duff – especially as Bianca and Wesley make a few guest appearances.
My Verdict:
Ahaha I love this book, you should totally read it!If you enjoyed this, you might like The Duff, also by Kody Keplinger