Lying out loud made me want to laugh out loud for two reasons a) I read it as soon as I bought it- which is definitely a first for me since normally books I buy just go straight to the bottom of my TBR list. And b) I bought it despite the fact that I wasn’t overly keen on the other book I had read by the same author.
Lying out loud can either be seen as a standalone novel or a sister novel to ‘the Duff’, you can read it without reading the Duff or after reading the Duff it doesn’t matter. Lying out Loud stars Sonny, Ryder and Amy Rush. For those of you who have read The Duff you may recall that Amy is Wesley’s younger sister (Wesley is the male protagonist of The Duff). And he and Bianca (the protagonist in The Duff) make an appearance later on in the novel. (Which is a nice Easter egg for those of you have already read The Duff.)
Just like the title implies the main character Sonny lies a lot, however unlike what the title implies she doesn’t just lie out loud but online as well. Despite what the title says the mess she gets into in the novel is due to her lying online.
For the majority of the novel I was asking myself the question, why can’t Sonny be honest with everyone? Why is it so hard to tell the truth? Throughout the novel I got really frustrated with Sonny, why couldn’t she just tell the truth?
Also Sonny and Amy’s friendship? Yeah that really annoyed me, it isn’t a really a friendship where one friend allows the other to walk all over them, Amy was a doormat, and most of the time it felt like Sonny didn’t care about her feelings, and worst of all she didn’t really let Amy in and continued to lie to her, despite Amy doing all that she could to help Sonny. Although I did like the character development, and I liked seeing how their characters evolved at the end.
Also side note if your friend is uncomfortable with doing something, don’t make them do it, that’s just a really horrible thing to do. One thing that really irked me during the novel was despite Amy saying that she was uncomfortable with doing what Sonny was asking her to do, Sonny doesn’t listen and instead says ‘it’s only for a little bit longer’ throughout the novel.
Weirdly enough despite not being overly keen on The Duff when I originally read it, I really enjoyed Bianca and Wesley’s cameo, it definitely gave the book a more light heartened feel with Wesley and Bianca there to lighten the atmosphere.
Also the ending, there was just no closure, while I liked the fact that Sonny was being honest and Amy was being fierce, there wasn’t any closure on what Sonny was going to do after graduation.
Overall I would give this novel 2/5 stars it was a quick light heartened YA contemporary, with a beautiful novel, however I didn’t particularly enjoy the plot and I didn’t really connect with the main characters.