Keplinger breathes new life into what it means to LOL.
Seventeen-year-old broke-ass Sonny (nee Sonya) can’t bring herself to tell the truth, especially when it means playing a sort of twisted Cyrano via her BFF, Amy, to nab the hot, new hipster boy at her school, Ryder. She finds herself up all hours of the night chatting and instant messaging with him under the guise of Amy, at whose house she’s crashing since her mom has kicked her out of her own house. At first it’s all fun and games (neither girl really wants to go out with him), but when she finds that she truly does have feelings for Ryder, the truth begins to come out, and the cost is high. As in her smash debut (and basis for the movie of the same name), The DUFF (2010), Keplinger creates vivid, believable characters that are full of spunk and joie de vivre. She plunges them into an utterly realistic work that feels familiar and contemporary. The plot moves like lightning, and Keplinger’s keen ear for teenspeak will keep readers laughing (and sometimes crying) up to the very end. Just like the recipients of Sonny’s fibs, readers will find themselves duped by her creativity, unabashed courage, and hilarious snark. Until it all blows up.
Fierce, fresh, total fun. (Fiction. 14-18)