“And that’s how this whole stupid thing began – with a lie that I, for once, hadn’t even meant to tell.”
I received and ARC of this book in return for an honest review.
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 is a companion to The DUFF. It is set in the same school, Hamilton High, and focus’ on Wesley’s younger sister’s best friend. It even has appearances from Wesley and Bianca as side characters, which I always like.
The book focus’ around Sonny, a pathological liar, who’s entire life is a lie: why she is not living at home, where her dad is, why she is late.. everything. The main focus of the book is after talking to the new, snobby boy she thought she hated all night on Amy’s account, Sonny realises she actually likes him. The only problem is he thinks that he is talking to Amy, and hates her back. When Amy finds out what has been going on, Sonny promises to come clean. But instead of doing so, Sonny hatches elaborate schemes and makes Amy do stupid things to make him stop like her and start like Sonny. Some of the things she gets Amy to do are ridiculous.
Although I felt sympathetic for Sonny’s life, and I understood why she was acting the way she did, I found I really disliked her. She was loud and controlling, and I really disliked the way she treated Amy. Although the friendship was realistic, Sonny was an awful friend to Amy for most of the book, and I was just wanting her to stand up for herself and say she had had enough.
As a companion, I really enjoyed the book, and loved that they included cameos of the other characters.