Review: Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger

Monday, June 22, 2015
Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger
Publisher: Scholastic
Release date: April 28th 2015
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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? 

*An copy of this book was given to me by the publisher for an honest review.

After thoroughly enjoying Kody Keplinger's previous novel, The DUFF, I was looking forward to this very much. And I did. It was pretty good and I liked all the characters, but after reading The DUFF, I was expecting something more.

Lying Out Loud was a light, fluffy read. Which is exactly my problem. In The DUFF, there were plenty of light, funny moments, but there were also more serious themes running through the story. In Lying Out Loud, I didn't see much of it. This was just a cute romance with LOTS of fluff.

That being said, I like the fact that this book didn't revolve solely around the romance. Sonny's friendship with Amy also came into play, and I applaud Kody Keplinger for that.

I can't say I liked Sonny as much as I did Bianca (I'm sorry to keep comparing this with The DUFF, but my opinion of the author's previous book is really what made me pick this one up. Also, this a a companion novel to The DUFF, so I think comparisons might be helpful). Sonny was funny and snarky in her own way, but sometimes acted very immaturely and made the silliest decisions. Even Bianca messed up, but at least I could relate to her decisions. With Sonny, not as much.

I did totally love Amy though, (She's Wesley Rush's sister. How can one dislike her?!) and I think she was an amazing friend to Sonny. The development of Amy and Sonny's friendship was nice to see. I liked that Amy learned not to let Sonny walk all over her and FINALLY stood up for herself.

The plot was good. A bit cheesy at times, but it did not miss out on Kody Keplinger's Judy-Blume-style addictiveness.

My favourite parts of the book was, of course, the Wesley-Bianca sections. They were so incredibly CUTE. I loved seeing how Wesley and Bianca had matured, but still teased each other and bantered and fooled around. Those parts were a huge plus for this book.

In conclusion, Lying Out Loud was a fun, fluffy read, sprinkled with wit and snark. The characters were good, the plot okay (if a little predictable) and Wesley/Biance just asfdhsgd/kjf/h;khi. Fans of The DUFF might not enjoy this one as much, but it's still a good read.

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