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Is there anything you would change about this book?
Lying Out Loud is not a prequel or a sequel, it is a self-contained story, which should not need to be read in a particular order with Keplinger's other titles... However there are a number of throw-away scenes in this book which refer to characters and relationships from her earlier titles. The scenes contribute nothing at all to the story, but rather slow the pace as well as giving away summaries of the entire plots of her other novels.It felt thoughtless and self-congratulatory of the author to include these, and I wish an editor had pulled them out of the finished book.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
I lost patience with Sonny quite rapidly.At first her constant lying is mildly entertaining and a symptom of her home life / family situation. But her treatment of her best friend, the ingratitude she shows towards her, as well as the way she places her in an intolerable situation and then goes back on a promise she made to her for purely self-interested reasons, all made me very angry.Towards the end of the book, when it was completely obvious that her lies would be found out, it felt unrealistic that any person could be stupid or selfish enough to act the way Sonny does, at which point I hoped both the love interest and her best friend would simply wash their hands of her forever.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
I enjoyed the scene where Amy's parents find out the real reason Sonny has been staying at their house. It was emotional and helped to regain some of sympathy and compassion for Sonny that was desperately needed by this point when I was starting to hate her.
Was Lying Out Loud worth the listening time?
Yes, overall I did enjoy it, but there were moments I wanted to fast-forward to avoid spoilers of other novels - and because those scenes contributed nothing to the story. It would have benefitted from tighter editing, as the whole 'when will the truth come out' part began to drag.
Any additional comments?
The narrator was great, I thought she got the voices of Sonny and Amy just right.
I was so intrigued by the premose of this book since I somewhat liked The DUFF so I thought why not give this a chance ? .. apparently this was a mistake, the book was just terrible and made me disgusted most of the time .. I couldn't think of a single moment where I felt connected to thw character .. I guess thia author is not my cup of tea afterall, however I have to comment on the narration because it is what kept me pushing this .. she was amazing and she did fit the part
I love the narration, but the story sucked.. All the build up for nothing. The behaviors of the main character were cringe worthy, and it prevents you from liking her too much. If you are looking for a romantic comedy, this book is lacking the romance for sure.