Revisit Hamilton High in this MUST READ for all fans of The DUFF – co-starring Bianca and Wesley.
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?
The DUFF is a New York Times Bestseller and a major motion picture starring Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell, Mae Whitman and Alison Janney.
Description taken from Goodreads.
There were so many good things in this book. So many. Honestly, if you’re a fan of THE DUFF, I would recommend giving this book a try.
If you weren’t a fan of the DUFF, for any reason, I probably wouldn’t recommend this book.
If you want to read this novel because of Wesley Rush, then I would recommend that you stick with THE DUFF.
There was so much put into Amy and Sonny that Ryder was completely undeveloped. I couldn’t really see him as a person, and I didn’t get to know a whole lot about him outside of the fact that he’s black. Compared to Wesley Rush and any other well-developed character, Ryder was insipid and one-dimensional.
Then, speaking of Amy and Sonny, in short:
- Sonny is a fantastic liar but a horrible person.
- Amy is a fantastic person but completely oblivious to abuse.
- Together, they’re irritating and confusing.
In terms of plot, I wouldn’t say there’s much more here other than the premise itself. I wanted to get lost in Sonny’s lies, the romance, the writing, but there isn’t much to the plot to pay attention to. The pace moves slowly and the ending… I won’t say anything, because I’m not completely sure the ending was complete or if there’s going to be a sequel or not.
The one commendable thing about this book was the writing. I actually did think it was better written strictly prose-wise. There’s lots of quotables and valuable lessons. The characters end up growing and learning from their mistakes, which made the book more enjoyable for me. All in all, I was glad that I got the chance to come back to the world of THE DUFF, but this isn’t a read I would generally recommend.
A book I would recommend looking into if you liked the premise behind this book is Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer. 1.5 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 304