One of Us Is Lying

One of Us Is Lying

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FROM THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR, KAREN McMANUS
Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club” (EW.com) in this “flat-out addictive” (RT Book Reviews) story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive.

 
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.
And don’t miss the sequel, One of Us is Next!
Praise for One of Us Is Lying

An EW.com Best YA Book of the Year Selection
A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of the Year Selection
A Popcrush Best Young Adult Book of the Year Selection
A New York Public Library's Best Book for Teens Selection
A CBC Teen Choice Book Award Nominee
A Bustle Best Young Adult Book of May 2017

A Goodreads Best Young Adult Book of the Year Nominee
A YALSA Best Fiction Book Nominee
A YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

“You’ll tear through this juicy, super-fun (if murder can ever be fun?) thriller."—Bustle
"A whodunit with a Breakfast Club twist...following four unique voices on a chase to find the killer, this one will keep you guessing until the very, very end."—Popcrush
"Twisty plotting, breakneck pacing and intriguing characterisation add up to an exciting, single-sitting thrillerish treat."—The Guardian

"This is no ordinary whodunit…surprising and relevant."—USA Today
An addictive, devour-in-one-sitting thriller.”—Kara Thomas, author of The Darkest Corners, Little Monsters, and The Cheerleaders

"[As] McManus's intense mystery unfolds...each character becomes more complex and nuanced, adding richness and depth to the suspense." —VOYA, Starred Review
Publisher: Random House Children's Books

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pranaav_chennai
Aug 30, 2020

Five people, Addy, Bronwyn, Cooper, Simon, and Nate enter detention one day. But only four of them leave the room alive. Simon is murdered inside the detention room. Each of the others must find Simon’s killer, while not being implicated themselves.

This book is one of the better mystery books I have read. The story is engaging, with enough twists to keep readers on their toes. The characters also have hidden depths to them that are revealed by the plot. Overall, it is a good book for teenage readers.

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kaitoryn
Aug 10, 2020

One of Us is Lying is basically The Breakfast Club characters being accused of murder, except this book spans across a few months to give its characters more development and depth than the classic 80s movie could achieve within its single detention period.
Initially, I disliked all the characters as they seemed flat and boring, even after the author slapped traumatic backgrounds or difficult home lives onto them. Fortunately, McManus pushed further to grow her characters into more complex and likable individuals. The main romance of the story was also very cute, albeit cliched like many of its other aspects.
Aside from being a bit too cliched for my taste, I was furthermore disappointed with the book's reveal of the big answer as it lacked a mind-blowing twist. I even guessed what had happened before the halfway point of the plot, and I suck at solving mysteries in books. Perhaps I'm just too dark, but I was surprised that the characters hadn't even considered it earlier on in the story.
One of Us is Lying was nonetheless an engaging and enjoyable read, but if given the choice, I'd rewatch The Breakfast Club over rereading this book or trying out its sequels.

pacl_teens Aug 03, 2020

"The perfect mix of high school drama and mystery, One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus is as engrossing as it is entertaining. Bronwyn, studious and hardworking, is all set to go to Yale and keep up her family’s name. Cooper is an exceptionally talented baseball player, bound to be a star in the near future. Addy seems to have the perfect life: popularity, friends and a wonderful boyfriend. Nate, currently on probation, has been around the police enough times due to his misdemeanors. And then there’s Simon, infamous for posting his peers’ deepest secrets on his gossip app, About That. One day, Simon has an allergic reaction and dies during detention. The police suspect foul play; Bronwyn, Cooper, Addy and Nate suddenly find themselves entangled in a murder investigation as primary suspects. There is only one other thing common between them: they all had very strong motive to kill Simon. As the story goes on, we realize that no one is merely what they seem to be. Secrets are revealed and every detail is questioned.

The best thing about this book was that the ending was completely unexpected. The story is also told from the point of view of all four main characters, which gives us a good understanding of each character and their role. McManus makes each of them seem suspicious, without giving anything away. Some parts of the story did get a little cliched, but the book had my attention throughout.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery. Four out of Five Stars."
- Anjani, Grade 10

"Everyone loves a good mystery. Right? One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus is an incredible mystery debut novel. One afternoon five students from Bayview High, Bronwyn, Addy, Nate, Cooper, and Simon, are sent to detention. They all make it out of detention alive, except for Simon. After Simon’s death is ruled a homicide the rest of the four are all suspects in his murder. As you follow all four characters as suspects in their classmate’s murder case you will find out everything about them in addition to their best-kept secrets.

This book has so many twists and turns you just cannot put it down! I loved how this book was told in all the POVs of the main characters, by doing this you get to be in all of their heads and are able to connect on different levels with each of them. Even though all the main characters are described to be high school stereotypes, they are way more than that. After learning a bit about each character you can see their unique personalities shining through which makes you want to read the book even more. This book also has some romance in it which I am personally a big fan of. I love how the author was able to incorporate the romance without making it a huge plot point of the story or making it too cheesy. I think it was just the right amount. As I was reading this book I was constantly trying to figure out what happened to Simon and who caused his death. Once you find out what happens, it is completely jaw-dropping and unexpected.

In conclusion, this book is an amazing read-in-one-sitting type of book. Once you pick it up you just can’t put it down! If you are a fan of the TV show Pretty Little Liars or the movie The Breakfast Club this book is the perfect match for you! Five out of five stars."
-Eunchae, Grade 10

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Bushra_20
Jul 18, 2020

One of Us is Lying opens with four students heading into detention, all thinking they don't deserve to be there. Before long, a fifth student -- Simon, who runs a popular gossip app called About That -- is dead in the classroom, and the four students are murder suspects. Not only were Bronwyn, Nate, Addy, and Cooper the only people in the room with Simon when he died, but they also all have devastating secrets Simon was close to publishing. As the story unfolds, it's possible the students have been framed, but they keep unraveling more of one another's secrets, leaving them all confused as to whom they can trust. They also learn Simon had plenty of enemies on campus, as he had wrecked many lives by posting students' darkest secrets and misdeeds. Romance, bullying, cliques, secret lives, cheating, and family issues entangle the four main characters as they try to figure out which of them did it or who would want to set them up for a murder conviction.

I liked this book because it delved into the personalities and thoughts of each individual suspect to keep the reader guessing who did it until the very end. Overall, One of Us is Lying is a surprising and engaging book that was hard to put down. I especially liked how each perspective of the characters was described in depth so that the audience was not left out of the storytelling. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves murder mysteries and young adult fiction.

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tedwards37
Jul 18, 2020

One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus is a whodunnit murder mystery that follows a group of four teenagers who are all prime suspects in the death of their classmate. Each seems to fit their own respective stereotype of the jock, the criminal, the brains, and the beauty but as the investigation continues, each appears to be hiding something. The story centers around the repercussions of leaking personal information and highly personal secrets in a toxic high school environment. As a result, each of the four main characters goes through major developments throughout the story. The character development and pacing is done masterfully, making all of the main four characters extremely personable. However, the whole story takes place in the first person, switching between the various four main characters at the end of every chapter. This can create some confusion if one is not reading carefully and taking into account all of the main character’s unique circumstances. Moving past the characters, the setting can become a bit hazy at times, as it is not a core focus of the story, but the actual mystery will keep you hooked until the very last page. Overall, One of Us is Lying is a murder-mystery worth reading, both for its outstanding character development and its suspense that will leave you at the edge of your seat.

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hitikshab
Jul 15, 2020

Age Rating: 11-12+
Five students all with an intertwined past, coincidently end up in the same detention hall one fine Friday afternoon. Only, Was it really a coincidence? Only four walk out alive. What happened? Who did it?
These four normal students living their life, till Friday afternoon, when their worst nightmares came alive. The four come together and join forces to find what really happened that on that odd Friday afternoon in the detention hall.
This was one of the few mystery genre novels I have actually enjoyed. It was engaging had a lot of plot twists and the result was unexpected.

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Drewwilliams726
Jul 05, 2020

If you’re someone who enjoys reading or just started reading books again since high school I highly suggest reading this book. This book is easy to follow along and will give you tiny details to help solve in your own mind and parts of the book that will basically make your jaw drop with excitement and disbelief. If you’re looking for a book to devote time to and get attached to certain characters and have an actual emotion connection to them then this is for you. Truly a 10/10 In my opinion.

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NB_Books
Jun 30, 2020

Okay read, but the way it's written from the character's point of views reveals so much that the ending is kinda predictable partway through.

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Yummydoo
Jun 12, 2020

One Of Us is Lying is a mystery book about 4 students who are accused of killing another student named Simon. People believe that one of the four students made Simon eat peanuts, which was what Simon was allergic to. The four students are questioned while some of them are not only struggling with being accused but also struggling with relationships and their friends. Nobody knows who killed Simon and some people are trying to figure out while others are falsely accused. I enjoyed this book and really made me want to read it continuously so I know what happens. The mysteries in this book encourage me to keep reading and I recommend it to people who like to read books about mystery cases.

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Potato_Yummy
Jun 03, 2020

One of us is Lying is a mystery book about a murder with four main characters who are all suspected of killing Simon with food he is allergic to: peanut oil. Each person has evidence against them and all of them are trying to survive in the new environment of their school and community during the investigation. As each answer to a question was given it made me excited and when the truth was revealed, the results were very surprising but predictable as the book came to end. Greed, fame, violence and love are topics represented by this book and tell the story in a thrilling way. I could imagine the whole story like it was real and as if I was a bystander of all the events of the book. I would recommend this to all teens and especially to those who enjoy reading mystery books.

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Other: Mental problems

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Coarse Language: Swearing

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Frightening or Intense Scenes: Sexual abuse

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kaitoryn
Aug 10, 2020

[...] if anyone knows how badly you can screw up your life when you decide you aren’t good enough, it’s me.

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''I'm the omniscient narrator."

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Geraldine9
May 24, 2018

This debut novel follows four high school students thrown together in detention with the creator of their school's gossip app.

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