One of Us Is Lying is supposed to be like The Breakfast Club but with a twist. Five students enter detention, but only four survive. Simon, the writer of a school gossip blog, dies from anaphylactic shock after drinking a cup of water during detention. Simon was allergic to peanuts, but his epi-pens and those from the nurses office were all missing. All of the students were there by mistake. Someone planted phones in their backpacks, so their strict teacher would catch them and give them detention. They all had secrets that were meant to be revealed on Simon’s blog the next day.
The four other students are all fairly stereotypical – the jock, the honors student, the beauty, and the screw up. They develop unexpected relationships as the investigation continues since they’re pariahs with everyone else in school since they’re suspected of murder. As their secrets come out one by one, we learn more about them and their flaws.
This book had the potential to be amazing, but it just didn’t really work for me. It was another book club book: Sarah’s pick after my suggestion. Surprisingly, it didn’t spark much discussion. Again, none of us really enjoyed it all that much. I thought the blog aspect was interesting, and I did like the character development, but the murder investigation plot was just kind of dumb. Sorry. Not sorry.
Rating: 3 Stars