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Sunday, May 10, 2015

A Letter to Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger

From Becca

a companion to The Duff
by Kody Keplinger
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press (April 28, 2015)
Language: English
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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?
Dear Lying Out Loud,

I'll be the first to admit that I was a little late jumping on the Kody Keplinger bandwagon, and for that, I'm regretful, because your author is the bomb dot com. I recently read (AND FREAKING LOVED) The Duff (and also watched the movie on release day!), but I wanted more. I mean, who wouldn't? So I was pretty ecstatic when I heard there was a companion novel (Cough, cough, YOU) coming out soon after I finished reading it, and even though, it was just a companion, I was still happy because I heard through the grapevine that we would be seeing Bianca and Wesley again. Lying Out Loud, you weren't as ah-mazing as The Duff, but you still lived up to the hype that I built up in my head, and for that I thank you.

You follow the story of Sonny Ardmore, who is a compulsive liar. Seriously, this girl lies about everything under the sun. (Hence your clever title) Sonny has a pretty screwed up life with her dad being in prison and her mom kicking her out, forcing her to move in with Amy Rush (Yes, this IS Wesley Rush's little sister!), her best friend. They share everything together, even their arch nemesis: Ryder Cross, who is a pretentious prep school snob. But Ryder also happens to weaken at the knees for Amy, so when he emails Amy to ask her out, the besties see it as a prank opportunity not to be missed. But without meaning to, Sonny ends up talking to Ryder all night online, and realizes that she might actually like Ryder. The only problem? He thinks he's been talking to Amy. In true Sonny fashion, she comes up with an elaborate scheme to help Ryder realize that she's the girl that he's really wanted all along. But can Sonny lie her way to the truth, or will her lies ultimately cause her to loose Ryder and Amy both?

Sonny was a fun character. She's snarky, a little bit overprotective, an excellent liar, but also a really bad one too. What I mean by that is she just doesn't know when to quit! I understand you are about lying, LOL (That's code for your title, I'm not laughing out loud btw), BUT it got to the point where I was literally shaking my darn head at how far she was taking things. Your story is like watching an extreme episode of Catfish, because that's exactly what Sonny does to Ryder, and I mean, I get it, but the crap she does to Amy was b.s. It made me so mad to see her treat her best friend like that, and if my best friend did that, she would get a swift slap in the face. (I'm not even joking) It gets that extreme. Ryder.....hmmm. Well, he's no Wesley Rush, that's for sure, but he kind of grew on me, I guess. I mean, I wasn't swooning over the moon for him by any means, but he did have some sweet moments and redeemable qualities compared to the complete a-hole he was at the beginning of the book. But meh. No swoonage for me which in turn makes Becca super sad. But hey! Wesley Rush makes a FEW appearances, and that made it worth it because I did swoon at those parts. *shrugs shoulders* What's a girl to do when Wesley Rush is around? SWOON, DUH! ;)

Lying Out Loud, you're a quick story set in the world of The Duff, with a heck lot of drama and SMH moments, but the quirky Kody Keplinger dialogue, WESLEY RUSH MOMENTS (as if I didn't mention this already), and ultimate message overall make me still have some good feelings about you. You weren't a five star read, but I still enjoyed you enough to warrant you four stars. I think most K.K. readers will enjoy you just as much as I did (and probably just because of the W.R. moments....hey! I didn't say his name again so that counts for something right?)

LOL-ing (This one is laughing btw) at all the times I mentioned a certain boy,

1 comment:

  1. I didn't even realize there was a companion novel. I'll have to check it out because I loved the Duff.


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