Monday, February 29, 2016

REVIEW: Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger

Lying Out Loud

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 enjoyed the DUFF, so I was excited to read another book by the same author! This book was really interesting, with complicated relationship, catfishing, and lies. I thought this was a fun but serious book and I enjoyed it.

Sonny lies. She lies a lot. Right now she's lying about why she has to spend the night at her best friend's house every night. When the school's new student, and resident jerk, Ryder, gets a crush on Sonny's best friend, Amy, Sonny lies even more. It starts on accident. Ryder sends Amy an email asking her out, so Sonny helps write a mean message back turning him down. But when she writes back to apologize, she ends up having an all-night online conversation with him. But he thinks that he had that conversation with Amy. Sonny begins to actually like him, but Ryder sees Sonny as the trouble-maker, not the girl he has been chatting with every night.

The relationships in this book was really complicated. Amy and Sonny are friends. Ryder likes Amy. Ryder talks to Sonny who he thinks is Amy. Sonny likes Ryder. Mix them around, break them apart. I really liked the idea behind them book. Some of that may be because my friends got me into watching catfish.

The characters were great. Amy is shy and sweet. Ryder seems like a complete jerk, but he's actually not as bad when you get to know him, as Sonny finds out. Sonny is a great MC with many flaws. The obvious one is her lying. She also has a very complex and serious situation. This book is very enjoyable at times, but it's also a very serious book.

Also, yes, there are cameos from other Kody Keplinger books.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I thought it had an interesting plot, complicated relationships, and it's a serious but enjoyable book. If you're a fan of Kody Keplinger or contemporaries, I recommend this book.
I hereby give this book
3.5 Stars
Meaning: I liked it, but it wasn't quite amazing.

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