Lying Out Loud
By: Kody Keplinger
Duff Companion Novel
Available April 2015
Kody Keplinger returns to the world of The DUFF in this brand-new companion novel!
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?
This Blonde’s Review:
Sonny is the kind of girl who lies about everything. It is how she gets out of trouble and how she keeps people from looking too closely. She even lies to herself because she can’t accept some of the truths in her life. When she finds herself caught in a lie she didn’t mean to tell things get more complicated, especially since she has other secrets she is trying to find at the same time.
I really enjoyed Sonny, Amy, and Ryder. Amy is the best kind of best friend, kind and caring. She and her family have taken Sonny in as their own, even if Sonny isn’t able to fully trust it. Sonny is a girl with problems and you can’t help but feel for her. So much of what has made her the way she is isn’t her fault. Knowing there is a bigger secret that she doesn’t want to acknowledge makes it clear that her lies are a big defense mechanism. Ryder was a little harder to like at first but we couldn’t help but start to like him as we got to know him better.
Seeing the things that have happened with Sonny’s parents it becomes very clear why she has the defense mechanisms that she does. It also highlights how great Amy, her parents, and her brother Wesley are that they accept her as their own. Sonny has a safe place to be and people who love her no matter what she believes about her home life. It made me love Amy and her family so much more, even while the girls struggled in their friendship.
I enjoyed getting to see a little of Wesley and Bianca. I loved that they were happy together but still bickering. Though since it was a companion novel we don’t hear much about their story since Sonny doesn’t know it. You could easily read this book without having read the Duff. There are hints that there is a story there and it would make you curious to read the other book, but nothing that gives too much away except the part where they are together.
If you enjoyed the Duff you’ll enjoy this one too. There is a similar idea where two people don’t like each other and find themselves able to understand each other and fall for each other. But the stories themselves don’t repeat and you’ll love the glimpses of Wesley and Bianca. If you haven’t read The Duff you’ll still enjoy this if you like the idea of enemies falling for each other, him not knowing who he’s talking to, and her doing the best she can to clean it up without anyone finding out.