Release Date: July 2, 2015
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
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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?
Does anyone else get really excited when they read books that are companions to books that you’ve already read? Kody Keplinger’s YA books always make me super happy because I love the little cameos that her previous main characters get, and it makes me squeal inside. Lying Out Loud was a book that wasn’t all that mindblowing, but it was still really good, mainly because of said cameos.
As with A Midsummer’s Nightmare, I wasn’t a huge fan of the romance in Lying Out Loud. I don’t know if it’s because I’m kind of going off YA romances (ha, yeah, right) or because Keplinger just isn’t ticking those same boxes any more, but I was totally bored by the romance and I saw the whole Second Act Breakup coming a mile away. Because those happen in EVERY. BOOK. I. READ.
Anyway, I didn’t hate the romance like I did in AMN, but I wasn’t blown away by it. And those feelings are true for the rest of the book as well. The main character, Sonny, was okay. I didn’t connect with her at all but I did feel sorry for her when I was told about her home life and all that. I loved her relationship with Amy, though. Those two are hella adorable. YAY FOR BEST FRIENDSHIPS.
I thought that a couple of points weren’t expanded enough, or wrapped up well enough for me to be satisfied after finishing the book. Firstly, the thing with Sonny’s dad. We weren’t given much information there, and I was really curious about how/why/when. He kind of just pops up out of nowhere with very little explanation and then all of a sudden Sonny is like YAY MY DAD! And the stuff with her mum wasn’t wrapped up well at all. Again, there was very little explanation, and it was left very open ended. I wanted to know if her mother had some sort of mental illness, because that’s what it seemed to be hinting at, but now I guess I will never know.
I guess Kody Keplinger’s books – particularly this one – aren’t meant to be all that deep. But I would have liked for her to expand upon some things.
Overall, Lying Out Loud was a good book and I will be adding it to my Kody Keplinger collection once I actually make that a thing. I only own The DUFF so far because I suck. I will, of course, continue reading Keplinger’s contemporary novels, but I can’t say I’m expecting amazing things from her books any more. But I have hope that she’ll prove me wrong in the near future!