One of Us Is Lying

One of Us Is Lying

Book - 2017
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" Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club " ( 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 Selection for the Book You Have to Read in May
A 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."

" 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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Apr 16, 2019

This book it's like something I have never read before.When I first started reading the book I was like I'm not going to like this, but as I got more into the book I didnt wanna put it down, It gave supense really well I couldnt wait to figure out who was the killer along.It's definitely diffrent' it gives 4 diffrent point of views on who they think the killer is.....I definetly recommend this book to anyone even if you dont enjoy mystery.

Apr 12, 2019

The concept of this was fantastic. I guessed the killer pretty early on but there were still some twists that surprised me. I really liked the story overall but there was way too much fluff added. Even the ending had a lot of unnecessary blubber. If it weren't for all the boring extras added in to make the book longer, I probably would have given this a 5 star review. Karen McManus is a very talented author. I appreciated the cleverness of this book.

A great modern YA murder mystery. 5 students walk into detention and only 4 leave. Someone's lying. Who is it?

Apr 10, 2019

This book is amazing! I totally recommend this to anyone.

CatherineG_1 Apr 04, 2019

5 high school students serving detention when something goes horribly wrong. Good read with many twists and turns.

Mar 31, 2019

Well paced and interesting enough to keep you reading, but not anything of substance that will stand out to you a month later.

Mar 18, 2019

this book was really good. 10/10 would recommended to other people. it was well write and I enjoyed it so much. i also wish there were more books like this.

Feb 24, 2019

It was a very good book, but I didn't like the ending.

Feb 17, 2019

I don't normally read YA, but grabbed this from the library for a book club. It's a quick read and I was curious to get to the end quickly, though that was mainly to confirm my suspicion of the ending I had guessed from a very early page. In crime novels I like to post-it my guesses in progress to gut check myself, and I only doubted myself a few early times in this. That said, it's not a cut and break crime, there are twists, and there are a few of the teen characters whose storyline I got pretty into. I won't say more for spoilers but this book did do well of representing teens in this situation, modern tech and social issues and a few other key topics that'll come to light as you finish the book.

Also it's told from different narratives so that's always refreshing and enjoyable for more inner monologue and thoughts.

Jan 03, 2019

The book was great! It was full of mystery, and romance!

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Jan 03, 2019

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Sexual abuse

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Sexual Content: sex

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Violence: Abuse

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Coarse Language: Swearing


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Jan 03, 2019

''I'm the omniscient narrator."

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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