Author: Kody Keplinger
Pages: 294 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Purchase: Amazon•TBD (affiliate link)
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?
Lying Out Loud was so freaking cute! Sonny is a liar. She can’t help it. When things aren’t going her way, she lies to get out of it. It’s not just the little things, like why she’s late for class for the billionth time. Sonny is also lying to her best friend, Amy, about getting kicked out of the house, and having to live with her. Then there’s Ryder, the hottie new kid who’s a total snob and hipster. He has an unrequited crush on Amy, so Sonny steps in. Only, she ends up liking him, and they chat all night. But Ryder thought it was Amy, so Sonny is caught up in a lie she didn’t mean to tell.
Lying Out Loud is pretty much an adorable hate-to-love, mistaken identity type Romance. And there’s so much banter! Sonny and Ryder bicker constantly in class and shoot dirty looks, but then at night online, they pick on each other but in a flirting way. They also talk about real stuff, then go back to the jokes when things get too much. They are absolutely perfect for each other! Except for the whole Ryder thinking she’s Amy rather than herself. Their interactions are just too freaking cute.
The only thing I didn’t like about Lying Out Loud was Amy. This girl has zero personality. It’s said a few times that Sonny is the loud one and Amy is the quiet one, but Amy is so quiet that she might as well not even be there. She’s basically a prop. Quiet people have personality traits other than shy and quiet! It would have been nice to see a different side to Amy when she’s home with Sonny, but even then she doesn’t say much unless prompted by Sonny or the plot.
Overall, Lying Out Loud was a fantastic read! I loved Sonny even though she was a liar. She didn’t mean to hurt anyone. She just finds it easier to make up something than tell anyone what’s really going on with her. Of course, she does have to make amends when all of the lies blow up in her face.