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review 2015-08-16 22:56
Lying Out Loud - Kody Keplinger

I read this yesterday and adored every second of it. I can't find anything to complain about, It made me want to laugh, cry and feel so many different things throughout. Definitely enjoyed it even more than The DUFF. I already want to re-read it! 

 

Sonny has been best friends with Amy (Wesley Rush's little sister) for her entire life. But what Amy doesn't completely know is how much Sonny lies. Like how she hasn't seen her mother in several months and now she's living with the Rush's. 

 

But the lies spiral out of control when she starts to talk to the new boy, Ryder Cross, whom she thought she hated. But the problem is, Ryder thinks he's been talking to Amy. 

 

LOVE this plot line. There is something about the way Kody Keplinger writes that just draws me in. Her sense of humor is fantastic. I even loved the way this ended.

 

 

I also thoroughly enjoyed how close Sonny is to Wesley and seeing Bianca from someone else's point of view. Swooon, Wesley Rush everyone. 

 

Cannot wait for her to publish a new book because I will be reading everything she writes

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review 2015-07-05 20:20
Lying Out Loud/Kody Keplinger
Lying Out Loud - 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?

 

Though the main character did end up annoying me beyond belief, I made it to the end of this.

 

This was a perfectly fine romcom of a young adult book, but it didn't stand out to me at all. There were no moments where I felt terribly invested in the plot or where I felt any emotion other than mild amusement.

 

I spent the last third of the book skimming because it felt so dragged out. Sonny has a problem as a perpetual liar, and it takes her almost the entire book to finally come clean.

Ryder, the love interest, was extremely bland. His distinguishing features were him being a hipster and missing his old high school. Sonny enjoyed talking to him and confided things in him that she hadn't told other people, but I didn't really feel the chemistry.

 

Amy was just a pushover. People don't necessarily have to stay friends for their entire lives. They drift. Yet she wants Sonny sleeping in her room when there's a perfectly good guest room? And she doesn't catch Sonny on half her lies? She may be book smart, but she isn't street smart.

 

There were other details I didn't buy. She also mentioned having previously had a crush on Amy's older brother, but this doesn't get mentioned at all even in passing despite her spending time with him and his girlfriend. She lies to Amy about having done college applications. There's no way in hell this could have passed. Amy would have been spending HOURS on those essays and if they were applying to the same schools, they would totally have discussed the prompts or peer-edited or something. I didn't buy it.

 

This was at least a very quick read, as Sonny's voice kept the pacing very fast.

I think I would have enjoyed this one if the main characters hadn't frustrated me so much.

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text 2015-07-01 08:42
June wrap-up

This will be the first month I'm including tv shows and podcasts as well! June was also a great reading month:

  • Animal Farm (Complete novels #1) by George Orwell 5/5★ review
  • The Heir by Kiera Cass 4.5/5★ review
  • The Wizard Of Oz by L. Frank Baum 5/5★ review
  • Keeping The Moon by Sarah Dessen 4.5/5★ review
  • City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare 5/5
  • Lying Out Loud (The Duff #2) by Kody Keplinger 3/5★ review
  • Looking For Alaska by John Green (re-read) 5/5★ review
  • Anna Karenina (first 175 pages out of 800) by Leo Tolstoy

 

As you can see I'm still reading Anna Karenina. I'm hoping to finish it this month!

 

What I've watched this month:

I've re-watched season 4 of One Tree Hill: it's one of my favorite tv shows and it was all about finish high school which I did last month as well, so it was very sentimental to watch haha.

 

I also started watching Suits and I've completed season 1 and 2. I really, really like this show so far and I cannot wait to continue!

 

I've watched one movie this month: I Love You. Beth Cooper. It's about this guy who has to give a graduation speech and he's in love with this girl but he never said anything to her and now it's his last change to do so. It was really funny! Here's the trailer:

 

 

I also decided to re-watch Gossip Girl. Now I'm on S01E6. :)

 

Podcast I've been listening to:

I've never listened to a podcast, but Karina made a video about her favorites and because I have to walk (I deliver post twice a week) for about 6 hours a week I decided to listen to one. I've listened to the first four episodes of Call Your Girlfriend and I'm loving it so far! Is about two friends/journalists that live a few miles (a few, lol) from each other and they talk about stuff.

 

Hoe many books have you read this month and which one was your favorite? 

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text 2015-06-30 12:53
June wrap-up
Barbe Bleue - Amélie Nothomb
Heir of Fire - Sarah J. Maas
The Selection - Kiera Cass
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
Lying Out Loud - Kody Keplinger
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs
The Elite - Kiera Cass
The Kill Order - James Dashner

As I am leaving tomorrow, I am already doing my June wrap-up. I may or may not finish Faking Perfect tonight, we'll see :)

 

In June I read 8 books. It is not as good as last month but I really enjoyed all the books I read this month !

 

- Barbe Bleue by Amélie Nothomb (4/5 stars)

- Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas (4/5 stars)

- The Selection by Kiera Cass (3/5 stars)

- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (5/5 stars)

- Lying out Loud by Kody Koplinger (3/5 stars)

- Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children by Ransom Riggs (3/5 stars)

- The Elite by Kiera Cass (3/5 stars)

- The Kill order by James Dashner (2/5 stars)

 

What have you read in the month of June? 

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review 2015-06-22 11:58
Review: Lying Out Loud (The Duff #2) by Kody Kepplinger
Lying Out Loud - Kody Keplinger

*I received this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review*

 

Summary:

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.

 

My opinion:

First I was surprised to see there was a sequel of The Duff. Lying Out Loud came already out in April, but I haven't heard anyone talking about it but then I saw it on Netgalley.

 

I've read The Duff at the end of 2013 and I started my blog in 2014, so I don't have a review up for that book, but I liked it. I have a rule that if I've read the book and there is a movie, I want to give that a shot as well, so I did. I watched the movie at the end of May this year and I loved it even more than the book (I gave The Duff 3 stars as well, but the movie is a 4 or maybe 5 star to me). So I remembered the story so I decided that is was perfect time to read the sequel as well (the paperback comes out on July 2nd, in case you prefer that to hardcovers!).

 

The sequel (or you might say companion) was good as well. Just a reminder: a 3 star rating isn't a bad rating for me! When I give a 3 star rating it just means it's a bit cliché, didn't surprise me but it's still worth the read. It has a great moral in it, but I think I could've enjoyed it more if I was much younger. However, if you've read The Duff and like that one, you'll also like Lying Out Loud. You can also read Lying Out Loud if you haven't read The Duff, because it's companion novel, so with other characters (but some side characters are main characters in The Duff, so basically the same as the Anna and the French Kiss trilogy).

 

If you haven't watched (of read) The Duff yet, here's the trailer (the movie isn't that kinda chicklit as the trailer though!):

 

 

Did you know about this companion novel?

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