One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

One of Us Is Lying

A New York Times bestsellerOne 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 rul...

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Number of Pages:370 pages

One of Us Is Lying Reviews

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    What a marvelous, delectable read! There was something so addictive about this book; it felt at times distinctly young adult while also having moments that felt so well done it was beyond the stereotype of what a teenage thriller tends to be. It’s taken me 4 days just to collect my thoughts to the point that I can attempt writing a proper review, and I’m certain this will be one of the most talked about books in the YA genre this Spring/Summer season. My issues with this book were minor, and I’l

    What a marvelous, delectable read! There was something so addictive about this book; it felt at times distinctly young adult while also having moments that felt so well done it was beyond the stereotype of what a teenage thriller tends to be. It’s taken me 4 days just to collect my thoughts to the point that I can attempt writing a proper review, and I’m certain this will be one of the most talked about books in the YA genre this Spring/Summer season. My issues with this book were minor, and I’ll get to those later, but when I first picked up this book I knew I would enjoy it based on the description stating “Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars”, two things I love to pieces. While this was in some ways a traditional whodunnit, I believe many of the minor influences were the reason this novel reads so well.

    According the the books I’ve logged on Goodreads, I’ve managed to read over 700 mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. That is an overwhelming number of books that tend to be fiercely judged on their ability to provide a solid, mind-blowing twist. The reason I mention this is due to the fact that it is very difficult for me to pick up a mystery and not have it solved in the first 10% if the clues are provided; otherwise, I typically pick it up when said character is first introduced into the narrative.

    is bound to be one of many fabulous novels that gets thrown into that category and is scrutinized solely by it’s ability to keep the reader guessing “whodunnit” until the big reveal. Again, I mention this because I think it would be a grave mistake for the reader to be so focused on this aspect when the book has so much more to offer! Personally, I had it figured out in the first chapter. As stated in the summary, the pieces are there for the reader to put together if they are clever enough. I applaud the author for her cleverness and storytelling abilities; there will be many readers who will be fooled by the red herrings and receive that glorious

    moment at the big reveal. Why am I rambling on about this you ask? I really want to drive home the point of what makes this book stand out from others that are similar.

    It is a rare day indeed that I find fleshed out, grounded, relatable characters that draw me in to a young adult narrative the way that these did here. My

    moment may not have come during the big twist, but it certainly came in waves abounding throughout my experience journeying with these various high school kids. I was sure this would be another read with those stereotypical teenagers that give contemporary YA novels a bad rep; for crying out loud the stereotypes are printed on the inside of the book cover in the description! I think this was a clever move by the publisher and author; if other readers pull the same underestimation as I did, they will be more than pleasantly surprised at what they get out of this book. In referral to the wrapping up of characters and not the twist, the ending was one of the best I’ve seen in awhile. There is no gag worthy happily ever after where everyone is perfectly paired up in couples and they ride off into the sunset on their baby unicorns while the sun beats down on their pimple free faces…. No, while there are some upbeats moments, the ending is messy and real and I welcomed it whole heartedly. People made mistakes beyond the central narrative and there were consequences and some things were left open-ended in the way that makes you wonder what their eventual decisions lead to. I’m extremely pleased that the author chose to take some risky leeway with her writing direction and applaud her with a standing ovation.

    Alright, I said I would get to the minor issues and I kind of lied. Please don’t hate me, but there was a tiny aspect of this book that I thought I could get past, and even though I can’t discuss it outright (because these spoilers involve blowing the entire plot of the book), my conscience just wouldn’t let me finish this review without mentioning them in the broadest of terms. Again, I applaud the author for tackling some really tough issues and concerns in this book, and I don’t think she wrote anything wrong on her end. I think it’s more of an issue I’ve seen present itself across a wide number of YA books recently. Some who may be dealing with mental illness may perceive the outcome of this novel in an unrealistic way and I can see the possibility of various readers being split on their opinions of some of the content presented. I will say, I feel it was handled better in this book than in others I have read previously. As always, if you’ve read this book early or once you have a chance to read it and would like to discuss, please feel free to private message me and I’ll gladly have a respectful chat with you.

    This is a review I’ve been struggling to write for a few days now and I hope I’ve done it justice. There just aren’t words to describe how completely readable this book really is. McManus did such a fabulous job of making me just as interested in the individual secrets and side stories of the “Murder Club” as I was in the central mystery surrounding Simon’s death. The author had me convinced that this couldn’t possibly be her debut novel, and if this is what she has published first, I can only imagine the treats we will receive in written form from her down the road. I’m a committed fan now and I can’t wait to see what she publishes next. Highly recommended to teens, sure, but I think loads of adults are going to enjoy this one as well. There’s something really special and unique to this story that defies the boundaries of age gaps and will have me remembering it for months to come.

  • Trina (Between Chapters)

    Harmful representation of sexuality and mental illness.

    This book was such a disappointment because I was REALLY enjoying it up until the last 3rd or so. I seriously thought this would be a 4 or 5 star read. However, upon finishing, I strongly believe that this book should not have been published as is. It's ignorant and damaging.

    Aside from the parts that I found harmful, the writing was very trope heavy and relied on too many stereotypes for character development. I didn't think

    Harmful representation of sexuality and mental illness.

    This book was such a disappointment because I was REALLY enjoying it up until the last 3rd or so. I seriously thought this would be a 4 or 5 star read. However, upon finishing, I strongly believe that this book should not have been published as is. It's ignorant and damaging.

    Aside from the parts that I found harmful, the writing was very trope heavy and relied on too many stereotypes for character development. I didn't think there was anything new here. The one thing I did like about the book is that McManus did build suspense well and kept me guessing. She casts suspicion on so many characters that you start questioning everything. This would have been a good mystery if it hadn't used people's identities for shock value. This is othering. These are some 90s plot twists that I'm honestly surprised flew by a publishing team in 2017.

    I'm going to talk about these things in depth under the spoiler tag below because I know everyone has a different threshold for what they consider to be spoilery. I personally don't think these things should be written as spoilers, but that's how this book treats them so it's how I'm treating this review.

    For those who may be hurt by the mishandling of sexuality or mental illness, I would suggest being cautious of this book. If you're a reader who is oblivious to or unhurt by bad rep, you'll probably enjoy this book going by all the shining reviews it has.

    Other things of note:

    -Bronwyn is biracial (white & Colombian).

    -Addy's POV is very shallow and portrays a terrible relationship and girl drama. (But she has a good growth arc.)

    -The drug-dealing bad boy trope is heavy.

    -The audiobook narrators were great at their jobs.

    -If you loved the book, that's great. I didn't, and this was why.

  • Maram

    the characterization, the story was entertaining and the ending was

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  • Elyse

    More addicting than lays potato chips! Well, I can't remember the last time I've eaten lays potato chips. Do they still make them?

    My 5 stars are for pure page-turning enjoyment. I LOVED "The Breakfast Club" ---(my kids watched it a half dozen times too) ---and this was The Breakfast Club on steroids!

    Moral of the story: All kids lie! haha!

  • Larry H

    I'd give this 4.5 stars.

    If

    was a television series, I would binge-watch it wholeheartedly. It's been a while since I've gotten so into a book I've devoured the majority of it in one sitting when I haven't been on a plane. This hooked me completely, and I'm surprised how much I liked it.

    Five students have detention one afternoon. There's Cooper, the golden boy and star baseball player trying to decide between college and the major leagues; Bronwyn, the class valedictorian who

    I'd give this 4.5 stars.

    If

    was a television series, I would binge-watch it wholeheartedly. It's been a while since I've gotten so into a book I've devoured the majority of it in one sitting when I haven't been on a plane. This hooked me completely, and I'm surprised how much I liked it.

    Five students have detention one afternoon. There's Cooper, the golden boy and star baseball player trying to decide between college and the major leagues; Bronwyn, the class valedictorian who plans to follow her family's legacy and go to Yale; Addy, one-half of the picture-perfect couple and a homecoming princess; Nate, the bad boy, on probation for dealing drugs (and still selling them not so secretly); and Simon, the despised (and kind-of feared) creator of About That, Bayview High's gossip blog. They're all in detention for something none of them did, and they can't understand why the teacher doesn't believe them.

    Before detention is over for the day, Simon is dead, and apparently, it wasn't an accident. It's not long before investigators discover that the next day, Simon was planning to publish items about Cooper, Bronwyn, Addy, and Nate—items which could potentially destroy all of their lives. Suddenly the four of them are the suspects in Simon's murder, and are pariahs among their fellow students, most of whom hated Simon until he died, then turned him into a tragic figure.

    Suddenly four people who weren't really friends (or at least since childhood) are brought together. Each claims their innocence—but is one of them lying, or did someone else get involved? And how, when it was just five of them in the classroom that day? Can they clear their names and get their lives back?

    It turns out that Bronwyn, Cooper, Addy, and Nate all have secrets they'd prefer to have kept hidden. In some cases these aren't even the secrets that Simon threatened to expose. But when the truth is revealed it will impact their relationships with each other and their friends, as well as their futures. Can they handle it?

    Karen McManus did a great job with this book. It's amazing—she basically took most of the typical high school stereotypes, yet gave her characters a little more depth than you'd expect. Even though you probably will have suspicions of how the plot will unfold (and most of those suspicions will be correct), it's still interesting the way McManus pulls everything together. I couldn't get enough of this book, and even though the story wrapped up, I wouldn't have minded if it ran longer.

    This was a great read. And let's put it this way: only for a novel as skillfully written as

    would make me willing to relive memories of some of the angst, emotions, drama, and insecurities of high school. (And since you know so many books have me singing a particular song, for no reason whatsoever, this book had me singing "One of Us" by ABBA. But this was an easy one: the song actually has the lyric "One of us is lying.")

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  • kazzy boy ⚓

    hi hello, i’m coming at you live from the bog of eternal satisfaction on this warm wednesday night in july because

    i love this book so much, like if you chopped open my heart you would see that it was actually hundreds of bouquets of red roses on each side and you would look down at your hands and there would be glitter spelling the title

    for real though, i finished this with the biggest cheesiest grin on my face, i don’t even know what plane of existence that was but there w

    hi hello, i’m coming at you live from the bog of eternal satisfaction on this warm wednesday night in july because

    i love this book so much, like if you chopped open my heart you would see that it was actually hundreds of bouquets of red roses on each side and you would look down at your hands and there would be glitter spelling the title

    for real though, i finished this with the biggest cheesiest grin on my face, i don’t even know what plane of existence that was but there were a lot of corny feelings involved (any planets i can blame that on??).... it’s like i was floating on a cloud or something… like i was overwhelmed with so many emotions for no reason and i guess my cotton candy heart just… went off lol. i wish it was raining so at least i could go stand in it for the drama, ya feel?

    anyway listen i need $$ not feelings *squashes my emotions with my bare hands* so as i was saying, this book was just

    and i’m willing to bet that if someone threw it off a cliff… i'd probably dive after it tbh

    it’s a universal truth that i am actually and unambiguously and inappropriately obsessively 100% full scale high key addicted to reading crime books and watching crime documentaries and having in-depth knowledge of incriminating shit… my aesthetics are capsule hotels and forever i can just chill in a padded bubble and read thrillers or watch crime shows tbh

    which is why i was so excited for this book and boy,

    i’m living my life until someone frames me for murder which won’t be so hard to achieve since i spend so much of my time alone that if i was ever falsely accused for a crime i would literally never have an alibi lol… besides, i wonder how long before a person’s viewing history and library receipts can be used against them in court like “the defendant has stacks of crime books and had viewed 46 straight hours of crime shows before the murder occurred… sketchy, your honor. sketchy”

    just kidding. please if you’re connected to me in any way, never commit any crime i don’t think i can deal with the stress of a police interview and if i get falsely accused, i will probably just cry

    anyway, back to the book

    idk what to tell you that won't be spoilery, just know that i can't wait to have kids so i can make them read this book and realise the repercussions of getting detention (

    )

    the characters seemed like puppets attached to a string... as if the entire plot was just this girl playing on her phone and they’re all her neko atsume cats dying because she got bored of the app

    i existed as both a teenager and a wealthy 18th century middle aged woman who needs to lie down for hours after anything remotely distressing happens while reading this. really. i had one foot in a psychiatric breakdown and the other one in unattractive slippers trying to solve this

    but

    and i think it’s due to the fact that i'm morbid and too angsty and i am always aware of all of the worst worse things that could possibly happen at any given time, it’s like constantly being held hostage by hypothetical situations (ok fine don't look at me like that, i guessed it by the end but listen that counts ok, i would've guessed it earlier if i wasn't busy obsessing over my ship)

    i think my biggest shift in perspective has been going from “can i pay the universe a bribe to never send me any of these characters as real life people” to being like “wow I’d take care of you and care about you so hard”

    so that just goes to show you what a spectacular character development they’ve undergone. i literally love them so much and it might seem like my whole life currently revolves around them but yes it does

    also did i mention that

    is my favorite?? bc he is, i mean he's the kind of guy you date to disappoint your parents but if someone is willing to throw stones at their gf's window so is she can climb down the conveniently placed tree and go make out in a car, you bet they're my fav

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  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin

    I'm going to go ahead and leave this at a 4 star. I wasn't sure between 3 and 4 because it's one of those books that was driving me crazier than I am. I couldn't put the book down and wanted to smack everyone in the book!

    Major players:

    Simon

    Broneyn

    Nate

    Cooper

    Addy

    They all go to detention and one dies. Why?

    There are lies and evilness all around! Stupidity and sadness.

  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)

    3.75 A mystery/murder breakfast club!

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