BOOK REVIEW: Lying Out Loud: a companion to The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

you can find the book at:

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goodreads summary:

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:
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

~ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review~

I really enjoyed this at the beginning, the narrative was light and witty making it entertaining to read. Unfortunately, it started to go so downhill once the love interest – a crappy, pretentious guy who doesn’t like her- comes in. Her weird obsession with him was frustrating to read.

The best part of Lying Out Loud was Sonny and Amy’s screwed up clingy friendship. Their relationship were so much more interesting to read than all the Sonny/Ryder nonsense. I would have rather Sonny broken things off with Ryder so she could concentrate on the actual interesting aspects of her.

The romance was irritating, mainly because Sonny turned so unlikable by the end. The romance between Sonny and Ryder was pretty much one sided for the entire book, it was actually embarrassing how pathetic and desperate Sonny was for Ryder when she knew how much he wanted Amy. It was sad to see her chasing after a guy who only ended up being mildly interested in her because he couldn’t have her best friend.

I found Amy fairly annoying at times. I really didn’t think she was as sweet and nice as every other character made her out be, she was just a pushover who acted nice so that everyone would like her. She was mostly a spoilt privileged girl. I know she was meant to be an amazing best friend, and she was in some ways, but I thought she was pretty crap considering all the hell Sonny was going through. Not that Sonny was much better what with her constant lying. But at least she had the excuse of having a messed up life with no clue about her future. It was easy to see why she behaved the way she did, all the excessive lying was out of order but Sonny only acted that way because she was lonely. Amy on the other hand had a better, well off life yet she still punished Sonny and made her already hard life feel even harder. If she had been a truly lovely and kind hearted person she would have pushed her petty, childish feelings aside and been there for her friend.

I loved Sonny’s character up until she started acting all desperate for someone who treated her like garbage. She started off so unapologetic and confident but then turned into a Ryder obsessed girl.

I hated Ryder’s character, he was a pretentious, dramatic, so far up his own arse, hipster. The way he was panting after Amy and putting her on a pedestal was quite disturbing. Ryder’s attitude towards Sonny also added to my general dislike.There was also no closure at the end, no way of knowing what truly happens to her apart from her relationship with Ryder.I needed more than some distant phone call.


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