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Review: One Of Us Is Lying

Karen M. McManus - One Of Us Is Lying
Published: May 30, 2017 by Delacorte Press
Genres: Contemporary, Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 370
Source: NetGalley
Find on: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads
Rating: 2/5 πŸ‘ŽπŸ‘Ž

One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon's dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

"She's a princess and you're a jock," he says. He thrusts his chin toward Bronwyn, then at Nate. "And you're a brain. And you're a criminal. You're all walking teen-movie stereotypes."

Simon, Addy, Bronwyn, Cooper, and Nate are in detention for the day, and they're as stereotypical as you might imagine. Bronwyn is the Brain, Cooper is the Athlete, Nate is Thy Rebel (It would've been fantastic to switch Cooper and Nate's names and roles, but that's my Gossip Girl senses kicking in), and Addy is The Princess. Simon, on the other hand, is a piece of work. All I can say.
(...) "What about you?" Bronwyn asks.

"I'm the omniscient narrator," Simon says.

Bronwyn's brows rise above her black frames. "There's no such things in teen movies."

"Ah, but Bronwyn," Simon winks and chugs his water in one long gulp. "There is such a thing in life."
After having his water rigged by peanut oil, which he's fatally allergic to, Simon meets his maker in the middle of detention and the others are indicted, soon after. I was completely sold, at first, and reading the Epi-Pen scene, as it happens, is absolutely exhilarating. Plus, the POVs are so distinct and detailed, you'll be able to differentiate them from each other easily. If you've ever seen The Breakfast Club, you'll probably get Bender/Claire vibes off of Nate/Bronwyn.

(Unpopular opinion: Nathaniel is the WORST name for a rebel.)

Literally, I hated this turnout with a passion. I was so SOLD, and accusing everyone, and yeah, it was the ultimate letdown since Sex and the City 2.
UGH, this book was a mess.

None of them seriously cared for Simon either. This book *was* pitched as The Breakfast meets Pretty Little Liars, and it's an appropriate fit, but some of them flatout bullied him.
Now, here's your assignment: connect the dots. Is everybody in it together, or is somebody pulling the strings? Who's the puppet master and who's the puppet?

I'll give you a hint to get you started: everyone's lying.



  1. This does sound interesting buuuut probably not my kind of book. :P Sadness it was a disappointment for you!! I did love your review though. :D

    1. Ahh thank you so much, Cait! Seriously, the worst kind of thriller. EVER. Not worth your time, sadly.

  2. Oh noooooo! I really liked this one. I didn't really root for or care about any of the characters whatsoever though. I just was hooked on wanting to know who did and why when they all kinda seemed innocent?? I did NOT think it was like the Breakfast Club at all. Just having detention with a rebel and a jock does not Breakfast Club make.


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