Lying Out Loud - Kody Keplinger

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?


Though the main character did end up annoying me beyond belief, I made it to the end of this.


This was a perfectly fine romcom of a young adult book, but it didn't stand out to me at all. There were no moments where I felt terribly invested in the plot or where I felt any emotion other than mild amusement.


I spent the last third of the book skimming because it felt so dragged out. Sonny has a problem as a perpetual liar, and it takes her almost the entire book to finally come clean.

Ryder, the love interest, was extremely bland. His distinguishing features were him being a hipster and missing his old high school. Sonny enjoyed talking to him and confided things in him that she hadn't told other people, but I didn't really feel the chemistry.


Amy was just a pushover. People don't necessarily have to stay friends for their entire lives. They drift. Yet she wants Sonny sleeping in her room when there's a perfectly good guest room? And she doesn't catch Sonny on half her lies? She may be book smart, but she isn't street smart.


There were other details I didn't buy. She also mentioned having previously had a crush on Amy's older brother, but this doesn't get mentioned at all even in passing despite her spending time with him and his girlfriend. She lies to Amy about having done college applications. There's no way in hell this could have passed. Amy would have been spending HOURS on those essays and if they were applying to the same schools, they would totally have discussed the prompts or peer-edited or something. I didn't buy it.


This was at least a very quick read, as Sonny's voice kept the pacing very fast.

I think I would have enjoyed this one if the main characters hadn't frustrated me so much.