Series: The DUFF

Jan 12

Review * Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger

Reviews 3 ★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher via Purchased in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * Lying Out Loud by Kody KeplingerLying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger
Series: The Duff #2
Published by Scholastic Press on April 28, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 309
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: The Duff
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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?

What I Thought…

Lying Out Loud is more about friendship than it is about romantic relationship and I loved that. Sonny and Amy are thick and thin BFF’s and there are some issues that pop up that they have to work through and I love that not only does Lying Out Loud showcase a strong friendship but it shows that sometimes you have to work through things to keep that friendship going, it’s not always easy.

The ending was so freaking good and perfect in the way that endings should be (not everything is tied up in a bow for the characters), but the rest of the book wasn’t as spectacular. It was still good, but not quite as good as The DUFF. Sonny was quite frustrating at times (girl just tell the truth, ok) and that made it hard to like her (and probably why I didn’t like this as much as The DUFF).

Overall if you enjoyed The DUFF I recommend you pick up Lying Out Loud.


May 02

Review ~ The Duff by Kody Keplinger

Reviews 4 ★★★

Review ~ The Duff by Kody KeplingerThe Duff by Kody Keplinger
Series: The DUFF #1
Published by Poppy on September 7, 2010
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 280
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Lying Out Loud
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Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

What I Thought…

  • The Duff is very blunt.  There was some swear and there is definitely some sex.  A lot more than in typical YA books.
  • The Duff is very fast paced.  I read this book in the wee hours of the morning during Read-a-Thon and despite my tiredness I could not go to bed until I finished this book.  I just had to know what happened.
  • My only real complaint about The Duff is Bianca’s relationship with her father.  I mean seriously?  It doesn’t make any sense for her to behave this way.  She was an enabler in a situation that did not need an enabler!
  • As much as I liked the book, I didn’t like Bianca, but I didn’t not like her either.  Part of it was how she dealt with her father and the other part was how she treated her friends.  I did feel sorry for her (her mother won’t be winning any “mother of the year” awards) but she made a lot of choices that frustrated the hell out of me.
  • However, I loved Wesley. I know that sounds strange (he’s a man-slut after all) but he is so likeable. He’s everything you want in a guy, the man-slut issue set aside of course.  He was caring, funny and mostly sweet.  He has a crummy family too and I wish we could have saw a little bit more of it.
  • I liked Bianca’s friends.  At first I kind of felt like they were using her a bit, but that’s really not the case as they genuinely care about her.  Both Bianca’s and Wesley’s parents had some major issues.  Everything was tied up pretty nicely at the end, but since I expected that it didn’t really bother me.

Overall this was a quick and enjoyable read.