Published by Scholastic on April 28, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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?
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LYING OUT LOUD BASICALLY LIED TO ME. After how much I utterly adored THE DUFF, I really thought I’d love or at least LIKE Lying Out Loud. I really, really, didn’t. Maybe it was because I was expecting so much from it…but still, I never thought Lying Out Loud would be this bad.
Sonny has got to be one of THE most frustrating annoying and just damn unlikeable main characters in THE HISTORY of YA fiction. Sonny lies about everything in her life and when of course everything goes completely to shit she then wonders why! *headdesks* BRAINNNNN SONNY USE YOUR BRAINNN!
Sonny’s POV feels EXACTLY like Bianca’s except about a million times more whiny. I loved Bianca’s voice in The DUFF but Sonny’s voice was like having a mosquito stuck inside your eardrum.
Ryder – I hate your guts. Dude, do me the biggest favour and take a running jump off the nearest cliff. As love interests go, Ryder has got to be one of THE worst. He’s dismissive and derogatory towards Sonny and when ANYTHING goes wrong in his life he has the biggest tantrum and blames it on everyone else, often Sonny. >_> Ryder sucked. Majorly.
The Wesley and Bianca cameos were frankly terrible. They came across as awkward and nothing like the Wesley and Bianca I loved in The DUFF, which made me a reallllllly grumpy bookwyrm.
The romance? URGH NO. I DO NOT SHIP RYDER AND SONNY (who gives their kids names like that anyway??!!) AT ALL. AT ALLLLLL. It was poisonous and painful and angsty and just URGH.
I’m not sure why I’m giving Lying Out Loud 2-stars instead of the 1.5 it really deserves but I think it’s because by the end of finishing Lying Out Loud I just didn’t care anymore. I really didn’t like ANYTHING and that was that. So 2-stars it is.