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Lying Out Loud: A Companion to The DUFF

Lying Out Loud: A Companion to The DUFF

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by Kody Keplinger

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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


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?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Tina Chan
Seventeen-year-old Sonny Ardmore cannot help lying. She lies to her teachers, classmates, employers, and even her best friend, Amy Rush. She lives with Amy's family because they think Sonny's mother kicked her out. Sonny is uncertain of her future after high school, when she will have no money since she keeps getting fired. When an obnoxious new classmate, Ryder Cross, has a crush on Amy and begins to instant message her, he is really talking to Sonny. As the virtual friendship blossoms, Sonny realizes that she likes Ryder. She devises a plan for Amy to distance herself from Ryder, hoping he will lose interest in her. Meanwhile, Sonny and Ryder begin a friendship in person, but her lies come back to haunt her as she risks losing Amy and Ryder. The story is well written, easy to read, and humorous. Teenage girls will relate to the challenges Sonny faces, including friendships, boys, school, work, and an uncertain future after high school. Sequel to Kiplinger's The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend. Reviewer: Tina Chan; Ages 14 up.
From the Publisher

Praise for The DUFF :

"[A] well-written, irreverent, and heartfelt debut." -- Publishers Weekly

"Sharp, hot, thoughtful, and searingly honest, The DUFF is one of the best young adult novels to come along in ages." -- Elizabeth Scott, author of Living Dead Girl and The Unwritten Rule

"A complex, enemies-with-benefits relationship that the YA market has never seen before ... Her snarky teen speak, true-to-life characterizations, and rollicking sense of humor never cease in her debut." -- Kirkus Reviews

"What's best here is Bianca's brazen voice. Even when confused, she is truer to herself than most." -- Booklist

"Edgy and compelling. I couldn't put it down!" ––Simone Elkeles, Rules of Attraction

VOYA, June 2015 (Vol. 38, No. 2) - Heather Christensen
Sonny (never call her Sonya) has a talent for lying. She can convince teachers that the dog actually did eat her homework. Surprisingly, her IM conversation with Ryder, the new kid at school, was the most honest conversation she has ever had. Not surprisingly, he thought he was talking to Sonny’s best friend, Amy—the girl he has been crushing on since the beginning of the year—because Sonny forgot she was logged into Amy’s account instead of her own. But Sonny can fix everything with just a few more lies, as long as sweet, honest Amy does not give up the game. If not, Sonny’s house of cards is about to come crashing down, revealing the most damaging truths of all. This Cyrano de Bergerac—esque follow-up to Keplinger’s debut novel, The Duff (Little, Brown, 2010/Voya October 2010) returns to Hamilton High School with a new, equally relatable cast of characters. Sonny, in spite of her duplicity, is entirely sympathetic. Readers will cringe as she digs herself deeper and deeper into trouble, then applaud when she learns how to develop trust in her relationships with parents, friends, and of course, a hot romantic interest. Though fans of the first book will appreciate the cameo appearances of Wesley and Bianca, overall the plot to this companion is independent from its predecessor and will introduce new readers to Keplinger’s ability to give a candid voice to remarkable teen characters. Reviewer: Heather Christensen; Ages 15 to 18.
VOYA, June 2015 (Vol. 38, No. 2) - Erica Villegas
Keplinger gives her readers strong characters and a sense of mystery while creating a novel that could easily be read in one sitting. Keplinger presents a very important life lesson in just 304 pages that could change readers’ perspectives. An urgent yet gentle shake of the soul, Lying Out Loud reminds readers of the most important things in life and is perfect for those in need of a feel-good novel. Reviewer: Erica Villegas, Teen Reviewer; Ages 15 to 18.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Set at Hamilton High like Keplinger's previous works, this novel features Sonny Ardmore, a habitual liar who makes up outrageous stories to cover for her dismal family situation. Her father is in prison, and her mother is never around. Sonny and Amy Rush—younger sister of Wes from The Duff (Little, Brown, 2010)—are close friends, and Sonny even moves unofficially into Amy's house. When arrogant prep-school new boy Ryder gets a crush on Amy and emails her asking for a date, Sonny inadvertently strings him along online, typing outrageous responses while pretending to be Amy. Eventually Sonny begins to talk about serious concerns with Ryder and realizes that she actually likes him. The protagonist, who is accustomed to lying her way out of everything, concocts a ridiculous plot in which sweet-natured Amy pretends to be completely irrational, thereby smoothing the way for Ryder to fall for Sonny instead. Unsurprisingly, the teen's deceptions catch up with her. Sonny is a realistic and very human character, and even though she is a liar, her motivations are all too believable. One of the strong points of the book is the emphasis on female friendship; Sonny's relationship with Amy is just as, if not more, important than her budding romance with Ryder. This will appeal to readers who enjoyed Sarah Dessen's Lock and Key (Viking, 2008) and are on the lookout for titles with a feminist bent. VERDICT A must-purchase for libraries where Keplinger's other titles have been popular.—Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
Keplinger breathes new life into what it means to LOL.Seventeen-year-old broke-ass Sonny (nee Sonya) can't bring herself to tell the truth, especially when it means playing a sort of twisted Cyrano via her BFF, Amy, to nab the hot, new hipster boy at her school, Ryder. She finds herself up all hours of the night chatting and instant messaging with him under the guise of Amy, at whose house she's crashing since her mom has kicked her out of her own house. At first it's all fun and games (neither girl really wants to go out with him), but when she finds that she truly does have feelings for Ryder, the truth begins to come out, and the cost is high. As in her smash debut (and basis for the movie of the same name), The DUFF (2010), Keplinger creates vivid, believable characters that are full of spunk and joie de vivre. She plunges them into an utterly realistic work that feels familiar and contemporary. The plot moves like lightning, and Keplinger's keen ear for teenspeak will keep readers laughing (and sometimes crying) up to the very end. Just like the recipients of Sonny's fibs, readers will find themselves duped by her creativity, unabashed courage, and hilarious snark. Until it all blows up. Fierce, fresh, total fun. (Fiction. 14-18)

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Meet the Author

Kody Keplinger grew up in a small Kentucky town. During her senior year of high school she wrote her debut novel, The DUFF, which is a New York Times bestseller, a USA Today bestseller, a YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers and a Romantic Times Top Pick. It has since been adapted into a major motion picture. Kody is also the author of Lying Out Loud, a companion to The DUFF; Shut Out; and A Midsummer's Nightmare, as well as the middle-grade novel, The Swift Boys & Me. Kody currently lives in New York City and writes full-time. You can visit her online at www.kodykeplinger.com.

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Lying Out Loud: A Companion to The DUFF 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous 5 days ago
I REALLY want to know wht Ryder & Sonny talk about when the book ends!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good story but I had trouble reading it because there would be black line across my screen
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved ut
MyndiL More than 1 year ago
This was a "read in one sitting" book for me. I enjoyed it just as much as I did DUFF and I am honestly very excited to read the rest of Keplinger's books. I'm also impressed at an author so young. This is listed as a companion to The DUFF because it happens at Hamilton High and cameos some of the characters we got to know in that book. Other than the cameos and location, this could easily be read as a stand alone. I enjoy a continuation of a story, but I also like getting to know other people within the world that was created in a previous book, so I did like that aspect of this book. I also liked that there were similarities to the first story, but not to the point where it felt like I was reading the same story with different people. I think YA fans and fans of contemporary romances would enjoy this book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not bad
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honestly, I didn't really know what to expect when I first saw it but I loved all her other books! I liked the book and was a good read. I found myself yelling at Sonny the main character! However, I believe you should read it even though personally the ending is quite the let down....
MorrisMorgan More than 1 year ago
A companion novel to “The Duff”, “Lying Out Loud” returns the Rush family through the eyes of Amy’s best friend, Sonny. “Lying Out Loud” is strongly written and a wonderful blend of old and new characters, all developed in the wonderful way for which Kody Keplinger is known.  The dialogue is snappy and hilarious, and most importantly, realistic.  Everyone has a nice mix of flaws and strengths, with some more obvious than others.  Fans of “The Duff” will be happy to know there is a healthy dose of the older Wesley and Bianca, and they are just as great as the first time around. The plot revolves around Sonny and her ability to lie, not only to everyone else, but also to herself.  She gets in way over her head and goes on a collision course with disaster.  It is uncomfortable to read, but portrays a good message in the end.  The only flaw I found is that Sonny almost went so far as to become irredeemable, even with her circumstances.  In fact, she really did cross that line for me, but the story is still a good one.  It would have been five stars were it not for that. I recommend “Lying Out Loud” to fans of “The Duff” and any fan of young adult fiction.  The content is much more mild than “The Duff”, making it suitable for upper middle-graders, as well. This review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago