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Review: One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

by Kristeena
Review: One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManusOne of Us is Lying by Karen McManus
Published by Delacorte Press on May 30th 2017
Genre: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 361
Challenge Theme: A book told from multiple character POVs

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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.

This book has been described as The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars and that is definitely a good description. I really enjoyed this book. Like everyone else I could not stand Simon. The fact that someone is OK with torturing other people by revealing their secrets is disgusting especially when it comes to things such as outing someone. Unfortunately it is so relevant with our culture right now, especially in regards to social media. People take their own misery out on other people and it is atrocious. As far as the book goes I really enjoyed the writing, MOST of the characters (especially those in the murder club), and all the twists and turns.


Besides loving the twists & turns I also loved the relationship between Nate & Bronwyn and Cooper & Kris. I have to admit I did NOT see the twist coming until it was pretty much right in front of my face. After reading all the reviews I feel a little dumb I didn’t see it sooner, haha. Looking back it should have been so obvious. Clearly I wasn’t paying enough attention. I also ended up hating Jake, maybe even more than Simon. Poor baby, you were cheated on…not sure trying to frame your ex for murder is getting even. Grow a set psycho! This was definitely a good thriller with a good AHA moment towards the end. Recommended!

Favorite Quotes:
“I don’t know why it’s so hard for people to admit that sometimes they’re just assholes who screw up because they don’t expect to get caught.”

“I know what it’s like to tell yourself a lie so often that it becomes the truth.”

“Honestly, I don’t care what we do. I just want to stay wrapped around him for as long as possible, fighting sleep and forgetting about the rest of the world.”

“I wish he’d listen, because if anyone knows how badly you can screw up your life when you decide you’re not good enough, it’s me.”

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