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Lying Out Loud

(Hamilton High #4)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  6,753 ratings  ·  925 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 309 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by Scholastic
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Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
3-1/2 stars, but I'm rounding up because Wesley Rush.

A modified version of this review also appears on Swoony Boys Podcast.

If you know me at all, you know that I love Kody Keplinger lots, and the The DUFF (and Wesley Rush) will always have a special place in my heart. It's the first book I picked up when I started reading books (instead of thousands of fics) again, and I love it still. Though all of her YA books have a connection to The DUFF, Lying Out Loud is the only one that is labeled as a c
Melissa (Ever So Mela)

I mean, after all that suffering I had to go through for 300 pages, you'd think we'd get a better ending!

This was just horrible. I can't believe I wasted precious time on this. It was boring and dragged from the very beginning. The characters were immature and flat. Completely lifeless writing with an unmemorable plot.

I'm going for a very summarized review cause I got better shit to do than review a book this irritating, like chores or something equally painful.

Sonny: aka the worst effin fr
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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When I read The D.U.F.F. earlier this year I was so pleasantly surprised. Not only did I find it to break the mold of typical high school YA reads, I was also amazed that it was produced by a 17 year old girl. Dear Erica,

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Sadly, while I thought The D.U.F.F. was pretty much brilliant, the same can’t be said this time around. In fact, if I had to guess – I’d think this was the one written by a kid.

Lying Out Loud is the story of Sonny
Rachel Reads Ravenously
3.5 LOL stars!

Kody Keplinger is an author I turn to whenever I don't know what to read. She has such a great voice as an author, laced with wit and humor and I always enjoy her books. Lying Out Loud was a fun read, but not my favorite by her. Not because of the writing, but I'll get to that in a bit.

Lying Out Loud is the story of teenage girl Sonny who is a compulsive liar. It's been a kind of survival technique for most of her life when avoiding the bigger issues. Now as a senior in high scho
jv poore
Sonny is a liar and a relatively unlikable character. The reader shouldn’t care about her story or become quickly invested, but I was intrigued. The tug was inexplicable, yet unavoidable—I just knew that there had to be something deep driving the deceit.

Her father incarcerated and her maternal parental unit unaccounted for, it is easy to be empathetic….up to a point; but the level—constant layering of lies— becomes incomprehensible. I wanted to reach into the pages to shake someone, while almost
Nov 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2015

Let's play Two Lies and the Truth.

Lying Out Loud was...

✕ A pleasant heart-warming read.
✕ Better than The DUFF.
✔ A fast-paced contemporary novel that I couldn't stand.

The book...

✕ Was bad from the very beginning.
✕ Had a fantastic beginning and everything else sucked.
Had a good beginning after which it slowly lost the charm.

The protagonist Sonny was...

✕ Complex, interesting and smart.
✕ A fantastic liar.
✔ A girl who constantly bragged about her lying skills, despite having awful excuses that peop
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I LOVED The Duff, Shut Out, and A Midsummer's Nightmare. Was totally stoked that all the previous couples made little cameos and that Wesley especially was around to give advice! Sonny and Amy(Wesley's sister) have been BFFs since before they can remember. Amy is the sweet, quiet, reserved one where Sonny is more out going. And also a big fat liar. Sonny excels at it actually. She also uses it to protect herself. Not allow anyone to get too close because her family has always let her down. No on ...more
Chloe C.
Nov 17, 2014 added it
Shelves: books-to-wait
A COMPANION NOVEL of the D-U-F-F which

but i think it would be amazing if Amy is the main character..
well, as long as the above two mentions are there i can now be

Started off really enjoying this, the main character's POV was light and entertaining in a fun, snarky kind of way. Unfortunately, it started to go downhill after the heroine became super obsessed with some douchey, pretentious guy who despised her. Her ridiculous obsession with the love interest was frustrating and tiresome to read.

-The romance was fucking AWFUL, mainly because it turned the heroine (Sonny) into an unlikeable, hormonal twit. It didn't help that Sonny's love interest (Ry
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
Yayyy I got an arc :)) I loved The Duff and I'm so excited to read this book :D


** ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review **
Dec 16, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Yessss THE DUFF's companion novel :) I love the male POC character on the cover ...more
Laurence R.
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
OOOOOOOH I ACTUALLY LOVED THIS! I've been meaning to read this for a long time, but I never got around to it. I'm glad I finally did!

As someone who values authenticity and honesty, I knew this book could be something I either love or despise. I was seriously hoping that I wouldn't read about a shallow character who never improves, but I knew from The Duff that Kody Keplinger is great with character development, which is why I went into this book not too scared. I didn't really understand Sonny'
Mar 14, 2015 added it
Am I the only one who isn't a huge fan of these books? I thought this would be better than the Duff, I mean I wasn't into the Duff but it was okay. But I had high hopes that I would like this book and unfortunately, I didn't. Even though it was fast-paced and I finished it right away, I didn't like it. There are so many people that loves these books but I don't, I guess books aren't for everyone and this is how I feel.

Sonya is a teenager who tends to lie about everything and one of the main th
Norah Una Sumner
Unfortunately,I'll have to mark this one as a DNF.

I loved The Duff but when it comes to this book,I just couldn't connect with the main character.I hate liars so maybe I made a stupid decision when I got this book even though the title and the synopsis suggest that for the main character Sonny lying is the same as breathing.But I didn't know that she would be lying all the time.Even to her best friend.And the whole stupid plan of her making Amy seem bad so that Ryder would actually like Sonny wa
Chelsey Connor
Oh my gosh, another favourite! I actually haven't cried in that many books, maybe only one actually but towards the end of this one I couldn't fight the tears. At first you think Sonny is just a lier to get her own way or avoid situations but then you see how it started and why she does it and you feel sorry for her and all the heart break she went through. and of course theres romance! LOVED this book. ...more
Lying Out Loud was a really quick and easy read - perfect for a holiday read. Though I can't remember much of The DUFF, other than what was in the movie that I recently saw, I really enjoyed seeing Wesley and Bianca again.

Our main character, Sonny, is a natural liar. Pretty much everything she says has some form of lie in it, and this causes major problems. Her best friend, Amy, is Wesley's younger sister, who we met in The DUFF. They've been besties since forever, and Sonny is now living at the
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this story, I'm a big fan of the DUFF so I knew I was going to like this book however sometimes the lies that Sonny told could get a little annoying. I loved that characters from the DUFF were in this novel and we got to know what they were up to. I also love how Kody Keplinger always has morals to her stories and makes her characters relatable in some ways. ...more
Feb 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Yet again, another Kody Keplinger book I loved! (I really loved that she included characters from Shut Out and The Duff! I may or may not have fangirled....ALOT!)
Initial thoughts:

1. Sonny was a great character I could identify with apart from that lying thing..
2. The cameo apperances from Bianca and Wesley were amazing!
3. I loved the friendship between Sonny and Amy.
4. The writing was great and I want more of Hamilton High!!
5. Great story with an important lesson.

Check out my full review on my blog!
Kate Ormand
Sonny and Amy are best friends. When Sonny is kicked out of her house, she moves in with the Rushes, sharing a room with Amy. Sonny uses Amy’s phone and laptop, and accidently chats with a guy from school online . . . who likes Amy. Realising her mistake, Sonny sets out to tell the truth (something she has a hard time with), but after sharing more than she intended, and on more than one occasion, the idea of telling Ryder that he was talking to her and not to Amy gets increasingly awkward. Sonny ...more
Nov 25, 2014 marked it as to-read
Shelves: maybe
Lying Out Loud is definitely a good choice to start off my reading year. It´s just so feel good and easy to read. And to be honest in between fantasy and love stories I really like to read high school romance books (I really hope this doesn´t make me a perv or something). Kody Keplinger has this really unique writing style that is both intriguing and easy to get through. I never have to convince myself to finish her books, which is mostly because I don´t even have time to put them down long ...more
This was awesome. As Kody Keplinger always is.
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley and I don't think I've ever been more happy to get an email saying a book has been approved because I adore The Duff and this being a companion to it, I was dying with excitement. I was totally stoked about this book and I've got to say - this book did not disappoint.

Sonny and Amy have been best friends for pretty much forever. Sonny is the loud, outgoing and kind of obnoxious one whereas Amy is the sweet, quiet, reserved one. The two give a bala
Nita Kohli
A more like 3.5 stars.

Book Cover

The book cover depicts our three main characters in the book - Sonny, Amy and Ryder. The people on the cover resemble the characters closely, well so, no complaints there. Hence, I would say the cover is nice.


The story is about Sonny Ardmore who is in high school and is best friends with Amy Rush. Where Amy is drop dead gorgeous but a shy person, Sonny is average(according to her) and an extrovert. She is the louder one, the crazy one between the too. And yes,
Cannot be compared to The Duff.

Lying Out Loud was good. I picked it up because it was a companion to my favourite book The Duff and I wanted to see what my faves from The Duff were up to in LOL, considering they were expected to be in it. They were in it, but came more towards the middle which was exciting and kept me reading, but I did feel that the characters from The Duff sounded and acted a little different in LOL. It kind of disappointed me because I knew them so well in The Duff and they
Claire (Book Blog Bird)
Jun 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
This and other reviews can be found on my blog: Book Blog Bird.

Sonny Ardmore is a liar. She lies about her homework, why she’s late for work, about her dad being an international businessman (he’s in prison) and why her mum really kicked her out.

Ryder is the new boy in school. A prep-school snob and hipster complete with obscure band t-shirts and fake glasses, he earns the instant wrath of Sonny and her best friend, Amy Rush (little sister of Wesley).

To Sonny’s amusement, Ryder has a crush on A
Jeannette Nikolova
Jul 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Read on the WondrousBooks blog.

Verdict: Too high expectations.

I was preparing to absolutely love this one, since I loved The DUFF. When I read the latter, I had low expectations, it had been sitting on my to-read shelf for 3-4 years and I was like "Just read it already!". But I really liked it. it had spunk, a nice story, a feisty main character and it was also very sexy.

This book, though, seemed to be lacking in all of these departments.

At first the characters seemed like the ones from The
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
"You can love people and still realize they're screwed up."

Despite the compulsive liar that Sonny was, this book was so honest. Loved the themes of friendship and family and imperfection. The humor and wit, as expected, were awesome. It was also nice to see Bianca/Wesley and even Nathan/Whitley! LOL was a great companion novel and a fun but meaningful read!
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
LOL had me laughing so hard because I know someone who did this to her best friend and when the guy found out he was super pissed off and their friendship ended.

I loved this story but I loved DUFF more. Sonny is a compulsive liar and at times she got on my nerves. Why couldn't she tell the truth? Why did she have to lie so much?

Then her best friend Amy was great. She is the friend that all girls wish they had. True and loyal to the end. She is always there for Sonny no matter what and that is wa
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I'm a 19-year-old college student and young adult author. My first book, THE DUFF, debuted on September 7, 2010. I write books for teenagers and strive to be honest and true-to-life. For more info, check out my website.

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