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 think the story is very relate-able. High school is that time where we all feel like we need to fit in, we need to impress and feel as though we are the same as our classmates. As sad as this is, it is still as true as when I was in high school. Sonny definitely feels she needs to hide her rough family life and lack of income.
- I enjoyed Sonny, I liked her witty personality and the "real" her when she decided to show it. She loved 90s grunge, she was funny and honest. But that was only when she let her guard down.
- The side characters, Ryder and Amy a lot. I can understand Ryder's POV and how he is reacting to his new home. Sometimes when we don't understand the full picture, it is easy to make assumptions that distance us from our families. With the drama going on within Ryder family, he felt like he was in the wrong, when his own mother was actually protecting him.
- Amy was so wholesome. I loved her gentle, honest personality. She was such a caring friend, but she did have to learn to stand up for herself. As much as the book was about Sonny, I really think that Amy's progression and growth in the book made her my favorite character.
- Amy's parents were amazing in the book, they were caring and present. I know I bring this up a lot, but I do think that it is a great addition to a young adult story. Families are so important, especially parents or guardians who are present and care about their children.
- No real gripes, the book was interesting and had great pacing, but didn't move mountains or anything like that. It was enjoyable, but I probably will not re-read it.