Book Review: One of Us Is Lying

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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.

“I don’t know why it’s so hard for people to admit that sometimes they’re just assholes who screw up because they don’t expect to get caught.”

I had decided to read this book last year. I still remember how excited I was when I had learned about it, and my broke ass had literally waited three months for the library to get a copy of it. When I’d FINALLY gotten my hands on the copy, a stupid friend of mine had told me how the book ends!!!!! And how would you feel if a friend of yours told you who the killer was while you were reading an amazing mystery novel? Of course, you’d want to kill them! Haha.

Anyway, I picked this book up again because the sequel comes out next year and I didn’t want to read it without finishing this one. And I had actually wanted to read it, to be honest.

Since I already knew the killer, this book didn’t have much to offer. But I still enjoyed it a lot. It’s about four different people who are locked in the same room as the murder victim, and all of them have reasons to kill the victim. So, the plot is really intriguing.

“She’s a princess and you’re a jock,” he says. He thrusts his chin toward Bronwyn, then at Nate. “And you’re a brain. And you’re a criminal. You’re all walking teen-movie stereotypes.”

I really loved the book. I love reading young adult thrillers and it was a perfect read for me- a perfect high school drama and murder mystery.

The book is pretty easy and sucks you in immediately. It is immensely entertaining and fun. I wish I could solve the crime because I think I could have! But then, I always feel this way.

The book is told in the point of view of our four main characters. And they are all different people. I loved learning more about all four of them, about their lives. And I think I liked all of them. Two of them weren’t really my favorites, to begin with, but they grew on me and I ended up loving them eventually.

My most favorite character was Addy (hands down) –“that airhead homecoming princess turned badass ninja”– because she is so fucking AWESOME!

This book includes a lot of bullying, slut-shaming, abusive relationships, emotionally distant and bad parenting, suicide and self-harm. So, if any of these things can hurt you, you should not read it.

And I totally get why people were bummed about the ending. But it worked for me. I knew the major spoilers but it still surprised me a lot of times.

If you love young adult thrillers that are easy to read, just pick it up! I’m sure you’ll enjoy every page of it.

All in all, it was an absolute page-turner, and I think everyone should read it. It’s fun and unputdownable.

So, did you enjoy the book? Did you guess the killer? Tell me about it in the comments!

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