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One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Published May 30th, 2017 by Delacorte Press.

purchase: Amazon

rating: ★★★

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little LiarsOne 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.” (Goodreads)

For starters, I did not get The Breakfast Club or Pretty Little Liars vibes from this story. The only similarities to The Breakfast Club are the cliques and they have detention. However, in One Of Us Is Lying detention is over within the first 20 pages. I can’t even begin to explain how they labeled it Pretty Little Liars. Ok so now let’s get down to business.

The Good:

  • characters break the mold of their former selves
  • the families are a part of the story
  • it’s a page turner whodunit

The Bad:

  • gay character storyline
  • “coming out” used as a twist
  • felt written in 2017 (technology, etc.)
  • nothing really noteworthy or stand out
  • let down by the ending wanted more

One afternoon at Bayview High 5 students walk into detention all from different cliques. By the end of detention only 4 of them walk out alive. One Of Us Is Lying tells the story of whodunit. I thought I would be able to piece together the clues as the book is told through the eyes of the 4 remaining students. However, nothing I learned pointed me to the culprit. At one point I named the teacher, but that was my one and only guess the entire story. All the students seemed innocent and for that reasons I focused more on them as characters than suspects. I really did like how they changed because of the situation and broke out of their former molds to evolve not only as characters but as people. I think Nate explained it best when he described Addy as the “airhead homecoming princess turned badass ninja investigator”. Bronwyn, Cooper, Nate and Addy proved that high school cliches don’t define anyone.

Ah, the secrets. Each of the four students had hidden secrets that were scheduled to be exposed via a gossip app but now that the app’s owner is dead their secrets can remain hidden. Or can they? The actual secrets of each student varies from borderline boring to why did they use that as a plot twist? It’s a decent quick read. Nothing substantial. A tad mediocre.

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