Lying Out Loud
by Kody Keplinger
April 28th 2015
Young Adult / Contemporary / Romance / Chick Lit
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?
Rating: B- – Liked
When I first learned about Lying Out Loud on Goodreads, I was ecstatic. I was excited because this is a book companion to The DUFF which is my favorite book btw! I mean look at that cover – its teeny, cutie cover. The color scheme used is so girly and I love it! Now, off to the content of the book.
What I Liked
Fun. I enjoyed this book. It started off fun and light which is something that I was already looking forward to. Also, the pacing was right on point which is great because lately, I have a very minimal tolerance for slow-paced books.
The plot. It is interesting. The situation can be relatable to teenagers because basically everyone IM’s and I think, everyone had already encountered a catfish at least once. It’s just impossible that you haven’t met or at least seen a fake Facebook profile.
The dialogue. The conversations are witty. I love how the author never fails to write banters in her stories.
What I Didn’t Like
The characterization. It seemed brilliant at first – mind you, at first. Here’s Sonny Ardmore, a certified expert liar. She’s really good at it because for some reason (maybe her charm or there’s something wrong in the water in their small town) the people actually fall for her lies. They absolutely believe her. The thing about Sonny, is at first, I found her likable because of this weird charm she had but in the end, I ended up disliking her. She was dragging things way too long when it comes to her lies which can be unfair for others. Her selfishness was bothering but she’s a teenager so that’s a bit understandable – I guess – given that she had some parent issues going on. Then, there’s Ryder Cross. Personally, I don’t like Ryder. He was rude and a snob which reminds me of a spoiled brat but a male version. Now, Amy Rush. She seemed nice and shy but somehow, something’s off about her. Thanks to the author, she’s not the main female character in this book because she’s no way better than Sonny in my opinion. Overall, the characters’ first impressions (except for Ryder) were great until you get to know and think more of them.
The name Ryder Cross. I just have to mention that his name was definitely and undeniably unoriginal – totally Wattpad-type of name for a male romantic interest. I think the author’s running out of names to give her characters. Look at this. Ryder = cool name. Cross = cooler name. Ryder Cross = this is so obviously a made-up name.
If you’re not into light reads of chick lit-type, then Lying Out Loud is definitely not for you. If you want real depth and a showcase of the technical skills of an author, I’m telling you to drop this book right this instant. But if you’re like me who loves books that are like marshmallows, so fluffy, cute and light with a few hints of humor, then grab this book now.