Lying Out Loud

Finished Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger.  I received a copy for review from the publisher.

Summary (from Goodreads):

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?”

I was so excited to read this because it’s a companion novel to Kody Keplinger’s first book, The DUFF. (Note: in case you misunderstand that, as I did, it is not actually a SEQUEL to The DUFF, although Bianca does pop up in here.)

I love Kody Keplinger’s novels (and I just realized that I somehow missed one, her middlegrade, so I am definitely excited to rectify that as soon as possible).

There’s a lot to love, but I think my personal favorite is how she writes these flawed-but-awesome heroines, these girls who could be you or your best friend, and these awesome friendships and love stories and I really just want her to ghostwrite my life.

Highly recommended.

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