Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger

Title:Lying Out Loud
Author: Kody Keplinger
Publisher: Scholastic
Release Date:April 28th 2015
Source: ARC received from publisher.
Summary from Goodreads:
Kody Keplinger returns to the world of The DUFF in this brand-new companion novel!

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?


Kody Keplinger's Lying Out Loud is a fantastic companion novel to the DUFF. By no means though, feel like it is necessary to read The DUFF prior to picking up LOL.  The main character, Sonny, has a best friend who happens to be the younger sister of one of the central characters of The DUFF.  LOL has a very similar feel and pace.

Sony has a serious lying problem, she lies about everything to just about everyone.  She lies about the most trivial things to very deep underlying issues she is facing.  She is full of secrets which truly keep all those that care about her at arms length.  The lies she tells weave a complicated web, which is where the heart of the plot lays. Similar to its companion, the story focuses on inner character reflection while also blending in friendships and a well paced romance.  Friendships can go through struggles and complicated situations; I admire Keplinger for not shying away from the ups and downs that can occur in friendships. While the book does tackle some deeper issues, I felt as though there was an excellent balance between serious and entertaining moments.  

LOL is a strong character driven story focusing on the growth and change Sony goes through.  It has strong friendships, honest and believable high school situations, and new romances.  If you enjoyed the DUFF, I urge you to pick up this entertaining and at times tough to read contemporary book. 

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