One of Us Is Lying

One of Us Is Lying

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" 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.

An EW.com Selection for the Book You Have to Read in May
A Bustle.com Best Young Adult Book of May 2017
A Popcrush Most Anticipated Young Adult Book of May 2017

"You'll tear through this juicy, super-fun (if murder can ever be fun?) thriller."--Bustle.com

" An addictive, devour-in-one-sitting thriller with so many twists and turns you'll be wondering until the very end: Who really killed Simon ?"--Kara Thomas, author of The Darkest Corners and Little Monsters

★ "[As] McManus's intense mystery unfolds... each character becomes more complex and nuanced, adding richness and depth to the suspense. " -- VOYA , Starred Review

"This fast-paced blend of Gossip Girl , Pretty Little Liars , and classic John Hughes will leave readers racing to the finish as the try to unravel the mystery on their own."-- Kirkus Reviews
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2017
ISBN: 9781524714680
Branch Call Number: YA MCM
Characteristics: 360 p. ;,22 cm

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JCLMeganK Oct 04, 2018

I listened to the audio of this book, and loved it. First, I think there is something to be said about the type of book that takes four characters from different cliques, explores their backgrounds, and shows that we are all really not too different. Each character had their own story, so the reader got to learn about the main characters both as individuals, and as part of a larger whole.

b_blanchard Sep 08, 2018

Looking for a book that will keep you hooked until the very end? One of Us is Lying is that book! I stayed up all night reading this book, trying to figure who did it. This librarian gives this book two thumbs up.

KevinELPL Aug 15, 2018

This book has a fantastic premise - five students are serving an after-school detention when one of them suddenly dies of what appear to be natural causes. Then, the next day, a post from the dead student appears on social media - he says he was murdered! It reads like an Agatha Christie novel, but it's rooted in high school social media; a great read for teens or adults.

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tinybookworm
Aug 15, 2018

Loved this book. I liked the characters, their personailities and sense of humor.
It was a great read, the story was never boring so it kept my interest until the end of the novel.
I highly recommend this book.

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bella_52
Aug 03, 2018

this was an amazing book even from the start.I like d everything about this book the plot was amazing and I loved the characters personality's.I would totally recommend this book it was amazing.

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zenojr
Jul 23, 2018

really not as good as I expected it to be.. when I first read the plot summary I was like "wow this sounds like an exciting plot" but it turned out to be very predictable with stereotype characters. Had a lot of potential, but it could've been better.

VaughanPLKathy Jul 09, 2018

I love who dunnit books and this one was a great read. I was not pleased with the ending but I would still recommend it to anyone that loves mysteries.

PimaLib_ChristineR Jul 06, 2018

Okay, first let's deal with "The Breakfast Club" thing. Yes, there are five kids that fit neat stereotypes, like the movie. I like that the publicity for the book, and even the inside cover play up the "Jock" Cooper, "Brain" Bronwyn, "Beauty" Addy, "Criminal" Nate, and "Outcast" Simon. But it's played up to break it down. Other than Cooper, who has moved to town recently, all of these kids have known each other for years, and McManus does a great job of playing on the history between the students to help build their characters. In the end, "One of Us Is Lying" is a mystery and a good one at that.

Simon writes "About That," the school's gossip blog (Gier's "Dream On" Trilogy, anyone???). He along with the other four serve detention, all for something they haven't done: have a phone in class. It's clear to them, if not the teacher, that someone planted the phones to bring them all together. Then, before detention is over, Simon is dead, and it couldn't be an accident.

Now Cooper, Bronwyn, Addy and Nate are suspects. Do they turn on each other or come together? What secrets is each of them hiding?

Besides the interesting mystery, it's an absolute blast to follow along as the four students, feeling isolated and under fire, come together to try to solve the mystery, even if it means one of them goes down in the end. Each of the characters, who are sold as one-dimensional, are written so well, they come to life. There are the kind of moments of awakening that we expect from YA, but also plenty of bad decisions that run against genre.

Will everyone love the end? No. I'm sure there will be some who are hurt or offended, but sometimes a mystery is just a mystery, a bit of entertainment.

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kristenstevens450
Jun 13, 2018

I really enjoyed this! A quick read, but lots of cliffhangers and surprises.

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red_cat_3931
Jun 04, 2018

love love love this book. i am a mystery geek, i love everything mystery from books to movies, this book as lots of cliff hangers and I totally suggest reading it, it took my a couple of weeks to read it, but once i started, i couldn't put it down. love love love this book. so definitely read it.

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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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