5 Jul 2015


Book Review / Lying out Loud by Kody Keplinger

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?

Published:     28th April 2015
Publisher:  Hodder
Author Website:  Click here
Goodreads :  Click here
Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone
Source:  Review Copy from Publisher

My Review

I have to be honest and say that I had mixed emotions about this book.  I absolutely love Kody Keplinger and have read all of her books.  I find her writing to have such a great comedic atmosphere to it I get immediately addicted until the very last page.

Let's start with what I was not fond of with this story.  What I was not keen on was the level of lying.  I understand why the character of Sonny had to lie and after finishing the book realising more about why she did what she did but reading through the book I did feel that the level of lying got to such a level that it actually made me feel uncomfortable.  I understood the situation and why Sonny had 'dug the hole that she was lying it' but had an uneasy feeling when it started to get out of control.

That being said, what I loved about this story were many things.  First off is the comedic aspect of the story, despite the content the entire story felt light hearted and that is why I didn't think too much about what I said above.  I also liked the relationship between Sonny and her best friend Amy.  It seemed like chalk and cheese but somehow it just worked and I enjoyed following them throughout the story.  Also the character relationship between Sonny and Ryder was really interesting and really funny at times to follow.

A lighthearted comedic read about how much trouble one person can get into by lying...  

About the Author
(from Goodreads)

I'm a 19-year-old college student and young adult author. 

My first book, THE DUFF, debuted on September 7, 2010. 

I write books for teenagers and strive to be honest and true-to-life. For more info, check out my website.