Book Review: Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger


Publisher: Scholastic

Release Date: April 28th 2015

Genre: Contemporary, YA

Rating: 3.5 stars

Goodreads Blurb:

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

Warning: There are spoilers! 

The book started off well but then it started to go downhill.. 

Sonny is this compulsive liar who ends up falling for Ryder Cross (the guy who she thought she can’t stand)..The only problem is that Ryder is into her best friend Amy. So of-course Sonny has to concoct millions more lies to get Ryder to like her but hate Amy. 

Maybe I expected too much of this book…but there’s basically no plot. (Sometimes this actually works out great but not in this book.) There just wasn’t enough happening and I got bored. The storyline was pretty predictable too but I stuck with it just to see if things would happen the way I thought they would…and they did.

Apart from Sonny, the rest of the characters weren’t really that great. (And Sonny isn’t likeable either.. but she is quirky and flawed so that’s something!) Ryder was annoying and assumed things too easily. His banter with Sonny was cute but their interactions in real life kind-of sucked and even when they were supposedly boyfriend/girlfriend, I still felt like it was very one-sided. Amy was kind-of spoiled and she couldn’t seem to stand up for herself. She annoyed me because she often fixated on her own problems when Sonny was freaking homeless because her mother abandoned her.

Amy and Sonny’s friendship was the best part of the book but of-course it got messed up because of Sonny’s lying and obsessive crush on Ryder. 

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BUT I’d still recommend this book because it was interesting and the premise is pretty original…so go read it and tell me what you think!!


6 thoughts on “Book Review: Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger

    1. Sounds good to me! Oh you welcome 😀 Sorry about all the spoilers in my reviews but I can’t help getting into a rant and being a bit too specific about the things that irk me 😛

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  1. I am so sorry you didn’t like the book Rachana! I don’t want to try this one, as I am a huge fan of Kody Keplinger’s The DUFF- have you read that book, it’s AMAZING!- and I really don’t want this companion novel to spoil my experience with the characters and story of The DUFF!
    Great review hun!

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    1. Hi! Yes I’ve read the DUFF and I didn’t like it at all. Tbh, if you liked the DUFF, then I feel like you will probably like this book too. Some of the characters from the DUFF are actually in this book as well and I’ve noticed that quite a few people were excited over that. Sooo I think you should read it!
      Thanks! 🙂


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