Lying Out Loud: A Companion to The DUFF : A Companion to The Duff

by Kody Keplinger

Scholastic Paperbacks
June 2016

Ages 14 – 16 . Grades 9 – 11

Lexile measure: HL610L

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?
Kody Keplinger

Kody Keplinger grew up in a small Kentucky town. During her senior year of high school, she wrote her debut novel, The DUFF, which is a New York Times bestseller, a USA Today bestseller, a YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, and a Romantic Times Top Pick. It has since been adapted into a major motion picture. Kody is also the author of Lying Out Loud, a companion to The DUFF; That's Not What Happened; Run; Shut Out; and A Midsummer's Nightmare, as well as the middle-grade novels Lila and Hadley and The Swift Boys & Me. Kody lives in New York City, where she teaches writing workshops and continues to write books for kids and teens. You can find more about her and her books at


  • Praise for The DUFF
    "[A] well-written, irreverent, and heartfelt debut." ––Publishers Weekly

    "A complex, enemies-with-benefits relationship that the YA market has never seen before ... Her snarky teen speak, true-to-life characterizations, and rollicking sense of humor never cease in her debut." ––Kirkus Reviews

    "What's best here is Bianca's brazen voice. Even when confused, she is truer to herself than most." ––Booklist

    Praise for Lying Out Loud
    "Keplinger creates vivid, believable characters that are full of spunk and joie de vivre . . . Fierce, fresh, total fun." ––Kirkus Reviews

    "Sonny is a realistic and very human character, and even though she is a liar, her motivations are all too believable." ––School Library Journal


--- - I, Sonny Elizabeth Ardmore, do hereby confess that I am an excellent liar.
It was never something I aspired to be, but rather a talent that I couldn't avoid. It started with lies about my homework – I could actually convince teachers that my dog ate it, with fake tears and everything if needed – and then I told lies about my family – my father was an international businessman, not a deadbeat thief who'd been tossed in jail when I was seven – and, eventually, I was lying about everything else, too.
But as excellent a liar as I may be, lying hasn't led me to much excellence lately. So let the record show that this time I am telling the truth. All of it. The whole shebang. Even if it kills me.