Saturday, June 27, 2015

Lying Out Loud

Title: Lying Out Loud
Author: Kody Keplinger
Series: The Duff, Book 2
Number of Pages: 294
Date Read:6/27/15
Genre: Romance, Realistic Fiction, Love

Synopsis (Found on

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?

My Review:

I do have to say that I am disappointed with this book. I thought it was going to be great since it's set in "The DUFF"'s world and I was so excited about it also because "The Duff" is one of my favorite books. Sadly to say I was let down. 

This book takes place about 4 years or so after "The DUFF".

There is just nothing really special about this book. Amy Rush, who is Wesley's sister, is in the book but only as a secondary character and we don't really see any of her other than when she is with the main character Sonny. And usually its just talking that happens. So the summary of the book is that Sonny is a huge liar, has a messed up home life and so ends up living with Amy. Theres a new guy at school named Ryder who is viewed as a snob, who Sonny hates. Ryder has a huge crush on Amy who is not interested. The girls play an email prank on him which goes wrong and Sonny wants to apologize. She im's Ryder and talks to him all night but he thinks he talking to Amy because Sonny didn't realize she was on Amy's account. Long story short, she continues to talk to Ryder using Amy's IM and phone, and concots a plan to win over Ryder with Amy's help. Of course things don't go a planned and s*** hits the fan. 

I don't like Sonny. She was just annoying. She literally lies about everything and to everyone. Yes she has had a crappy home life but that's no excuse. She is always comparing herself to Amy who like Wesley, is gorgeous. Sonny is very selfish. Instead of telling Ryder the truth about the mistake when they spoke online, she continues to lie and then comes up with a stupid plan to get Ryder to stop liking Amy and like her instead. So she's ok with starting a new relationship built on lies and manipulation, instead of just being honest. She is also selfish because she drags Amy into it, who wants nothing to do with the situation and just wants Sonny to tell Ryder the truth about what happened. Amy goes along because she loves Sonny (as best friends) and Sonny just walks all over her. Even when shit hits the fan, Sonny still lies to Amy and Ryder. Plus Sonny is kind of whiny. I don't know I just didn't like her at all. I also just couldn't care at all about her problems, the romance and if she got the guy. Oh and there was no sex which was surprising and disappointing taking in to consideration how much of it was in "The Duff".

Ryder was eh. I could take him or leave him. I didn't really care about him but he could be a jerk and a snob. She is very idealistic about the people in his life and as Sonny puts it, he puts people on pedestals but when they mess up he turns on them and cuts them out of his life. He sees things in black and white with no balance for the middle ground. He was ok around Sonny later in the book when they start seeing each other but I felt like the reader doesn't really get to know Ryder like we got to know Wesley in "The Duff". 

I really liked Amy. She is sweet and very shy. She doesn't stand up for herself and lets Sonny walk all over her and use her. She is such a nice person, kind, caring and respectful even to people she doesn't like. She doesn't deserve to be treated the way Amy treats her. 

So why did I give this book 3 stars? Because of Wesley and Bianca who appear in the book for a brief few chapters. They are both almost 21 and have been at college together in New York and are still together. YAY for them!!!!!!! I LOVE them together! The just weren't in the book as much as I liked or for as long as I liked. Wesley still dotes on Bianca like in the end of "The Duff" and Bianca is still her sassy self. I loved it. 

I hope that the author makes another book featuring Wesley and Bianca because I just love them so much and I rather read about them any day. Or maybe a book could be written with Amy as the main character. I'd like to get to know about her more too. 



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