Review: One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

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

One of Us Is Lying
Karen M. McManus
Young Adult Fiction
Delacorte Press
May 30, 2017
Audio CD

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, One 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.

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