Monday, 10 August 2015

REVIEW: LYING OUT LOUD - KODY KEPLINGER

THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO ME BY THE PUBLISHER IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW, THANK YOU! THIS DOESN'T EFFECT MY OPINION IN ANY WAY.
TITLE: Lying out loud
AUTHOR: Kody Keplinger
PUBLISHER: Scholastic
PAGE COUNT: 309
SOURCE: E-ARC from netgalley
GOODREADS: x
MY RATING: 3.5/5

SYNOPSIS:
Revisit Hamilton High in this MUST READ for all fans of The DUFF - co-starring Bianca and Wesley.
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?
The DUFF is a New York Times Bestseller and a major motion picture starring Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell, Mae Whitman and Alison Janney.

MY THOUGHTS:
I read (and REVIEWED!) the DUFF earlier this year, and I ended up really enjoying it despite my low expectations. Sure, I had a lot of issues with it and it was never going to be some literary masterpiece, but I really liked it for what it was. My thoughts on this companion novel are pretty much the same. 

The one thing I really liked in the DUFF and really didn't in Lying Out Loud is the main character. Unfortunately, I really wasn't a fan of Sonny. She just made the most stupid decisions ever, and I wanted to slap her around the face for the majority of the book. She did develop and change throughout the novel, but it wasn't enough to make up for how frustrating she was. Amy was nice but not particularly interesting, and Ryder was just kind of...weird? I don't know. I couldn't figure him out. Honestly, my favorite characters were Wesley and Bianca, who aren't in it very much but were in it enough to make me excited.


The plot is slightly ridiculous at times, but I still enjoyed reading it. It's fun and fast paced and it definitely kept me entertained for the whole time I was reading it. I liked how Sonny actually had to face the consequences of her actions instead of just totally getting away with all the crazy lies she'd been telling; it made the story much more realistic. Overall, I did like the story and I was happy with how everything played out over the course of the book.

Kody Keplinger's writing is never going to win any huge literary awards, but you can't deny that it's fun and compelling. I read Lying out Loud in a couple of hours on the first night of the booktubeathon, and no matter what problems I had with the characters I enjoyed every minute of it. If you want something really light and fun that you can get through really fast, this book (and the DUFF) are definitely something you should check out. 

IN CONCLUSION:
Lying out loud is a very fun and entertaining book, and although I had some major problems with the main character (seriously, she was so frustrating) I really enjoyed it over all. It's not the most well written or realistic read ever, but I do recommend it for what it is. 


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