Friday, 3 July 2015

Lying out Loud by 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?


My thoughts
I always do love a book by Kody Keplinger. I love her characters and the world she creates around them and to a certain extent this book was no exception.

Sonny is a flawed character and she herself knows it. She is a compulsive liar and that lying gets her into a tricky scenario which threatened to ruin her relationship with her best friend and the boy she likes.

What I really liked about this book more than anything was it showed how it was to be someone living on the fringes of a rich society without the financial means to fully take part. Sonny goes to school with rich kids and is friends with them but can't live the life style they lead because her family aren't rich. She has to work, her crappy car breaks down and she can't even contemplate college because she can't afford the fees. I liked this more realistic lifestyle because at the end of the day every few people are incredibly rich.

As much as I liked this book I do have questions but the biggest ones being about Sonny's homelife. Why weren't some form of social services involved with Sonny? Why were the school asking questions when she was turning up late regularly? Why didn't anyone question why her mother didn't seem to ever be on scene? I know this makes me old but really why was she just left to fend for herself?

All in all a book I really enjoyed. If you've loved Kody's previous books you'll really enjoy this too.

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