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?
Why I picked it up:
This book was sent to me from Hachette in exchange for an honest review. But I was excited for this one, I really liked The Duff.
Young Adult books tend to come in two forms… Young Adult books with mature voices, and Young Adult books with young adult voices. This one is definitely the later. Lying Out Loud is teens being teens, which is actually pretty rare in the genre, I think.
I found it interesting in this one that a lot of the initial interaction between Ryder and Sonny was by instant message. Because that is the way it is in real life now days too. I did find it difficult to connect with though. It’s amazing how much you don’t get from a few words on a page.
I guess the downfall of this novel was how “predictable” it was. The second Sonny started talking to Ryder as Amy, it was incredibly obvious how it was all going to pan out. I also found it frustrating that Sonny basically brought all the drama down on herself. Some people really are their own worse enemies. She had incredibly bad karma and she wasn’t that nice of a person. I found her pushy, selfish and self-destructive. She really didn’t show too many nice qualities in the beginning.
At the end of the day though, this was a quick and simple read. It flowed well, the writing was nice, the characters were well developed, and the plot was entertaining. The ending was a tad abrupt, but still a cute little read overall.
My Verdict – 3 stars