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Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger

Lying Out Loud by Kody KeplingerLying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: July 2, 2015
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Source: Publisher
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Rating: three-stars

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.

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The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

The DUFF by Kody KeplingerThe DUFF by Kody Keplinger
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 25th February, 2015
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Source: Publisher
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Rating: two-stars

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “Duffy,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now. Desperate for a distraction, Bianca ends up kissing Wesley. And likes it. Eager for escape, she throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with Wesley.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out that Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

 I held back from reading this book for years because I had a feeling I wouldn’t like it; the title alone was enough to annoy me but due to a mild interest in the upcoming (already released? idek) movie I figured I’d ignore my misgivings and give this book a try. Well. Turns out I should have listened to my own advice.

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The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

The Here and Now by Ann BrasharesThe Here and Now by Ann Brashares
Release Date: 1 January 2015
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Source: Publisher
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Rating: two-stars

Thrilling, exhilarating, haunting and heartbreaking, The Here and Now is a twenty-first-century take of an impossible romance.

There are rules.

Never reveal where you’re from.Never be intimate with anyone outside the community.And never interfere with history.

Seventeen-year-old Prenna James emigrated to New York when she was twelve. But Prenna didn't come from a different country, she came from a different time - a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins.

Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules. Prenna does as she's told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth and take the lives of her younger brothers. But everything changes when she falls for Ethan.

She might be able to save the world ... if she lets go of the one thing she's found to hold on to.

 I just could not take this book seriously, I’m very sorry. The Here and Now tells the story of a girl who is sent back in time with a small group of people so that they can escape their own grim future world. Because mosquitoes? And fever? Anyway, the gist of it is that in the future literally millions of people die from malaria to the point where the human race finds themselves on the Endangered Species List. It is probably not the best sign when a book’s plot reminds you strongly of a South Park episode:

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