One of Us Is Lying

One of Us Is Lying

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! “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 Best YA Book of the Year Selection A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of the Year Selection A Popcrush Best Young Adult Book of the Year Selection A New York Public Library's Best Book for Teens Selection A CBC Teen Choice Book Award Nominee A Bustle.com Best Young Adult Book of May 2017 A Goodreads Best Young Adult Book of the Year Nominee A YALSA Best Fiction Book Nominee A YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers “You’ll tear through this juicy, super-fun (if murder can ever be fun?) thriller."—Bustle.com "A whodunit with a Breakfast Club twist...following four unique voices on a chase to find the killer, this one will keep you guessing until the very, very end."—Popcrush "Twisty plotting, breakneck pacing and intriguing characterisation add up to an exciting, single-sitting thrillerish treat."—The Guardian "This is no ordinary whodunit…surprising and relevant."—USA Today “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 "A smart, twisted, and unpredictable YA mystery that will have readers guessing until the very end."—SLJ "An engaging, enticing look at the pressures of high school and the things that cause a person to lose control."—Booklist "Readers will have a hard time putting this clever page-turner down."-BookPage.com
Publisher: [S.l.]: Random House Children's Books, 2017.
ISBN: 9781524714703
Characteristics: 368 p.
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CaitlinG_OshLib Apr 28, 2020

A fast paced and suspenseful murder mystery that will leave you one the edge of your seat.

When five high school students stay for detention, only four of them leave. Who is keeping secrets? Who is lying?


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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Apr 08, 2021

The book 'One Of Us Is Lying' by Karen M. McManus was an exciting and captivating book to read. I was very enticed by the authors choice in using different perspectives in story from the four main characters (The Bayview Four). I felt as if it helped me better understand how each of the characters felt throughout all the chaos. I was very persistent to finish the book! Throughout the book I wondered how I would feel if I was in the position of Addy, Bronwyn, Cooper and Nate. I had many favorite parts in this book! I couldn't pick a favorite scene, I loved them all! I loved learning about the interesting experiences that occurred in this book. I understood the moral of the story to be all about never giving up in what you believe in and to stay strong, ignoring what others may have to say about your situation. I would recommend this book to those who love love romance/mystery.
I rate this book a 5/5! Fantastic and creative!
@Beavertailreader of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

I recently read the book: One Of Us Is Lying, by Karen M. McManus. I’ve been dying to read this book since my friend recommended it, and it didn’t disappoint. The characters, the plot, the whole mystery is beautifully written and captivating to many readers. As a person who lives for mystery novels this book is definitely at the top of my list. The author really showcased the emotions each character was individually feeling. Karen really took the time to describe each of the characters problems, emotions and bring them to life in her book. I really liked Bronwyn and Nate’s character because though they were complete opposites I found them to be the ones that were the most interesting. Addy’s character development was amazing, because I didn’t have an opinion on her until half way through the book. This book took many turns of events to the point where you couldn’t put it down until you finished it. The mystery was a really smart way of putting an evil twist in this book. This book portrays drama, mystery, romance and teenage behaviour in the most alluring way. I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys murdered mystery, and Sara Shepard’s novels. I rate this book a 5/5.
@peppapig of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

One of Us is Lying is a thrilling page-turning novel that will keep you wanting more. This book is a perfect mixture of humour, mystery and typical high school drama. When Simon, the creator of the school gossip app, dies in detention, four students with clear motives are framed. What everyone wants to know is-who killed Simon? Unlike many books, this book is is not cliche at all. From beginning to end, One of Us is Lying will have you shocked. I personally love how we get to read the point of view of each character. It helps with narrowing down the real killer. This is an awesome book for anyone who was/is a Nancy Drew fan but overall, I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a modern mystery novel.
@xxchanel of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

I was told by an Indigo worker to read this book, and it definitely didn’t disappoint. I think that the best part of this book was the character development, especially in Addy and Cooper. The storyline was also quite good. I didn’t find it lived up to the full hype of this book. It wasn’t disappointing, but it also wasn’t absolutely amazing. I did, however, really like the depth of the characters, the LGBTQ representation, and the way they dealt with heavy topics such as drugs, suicide and mental illness. The book switches from light to heavy topics quite frequently, and overall isn’t a bad read. I know a lot of people that really, really loved it though. As I said earlier, the characters are extremely well crafted and the story is pretty well written. Also, the end has a pretty good plot twist. Solid 4/5 @Libretto signing out.
@libretto of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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stroys
Apr 06, 2021

One of Us Is Lying is a young adult fiction novel, surrounding four students who are suspects in the aftermath of a murder. The novel switches off taking a deep dive into each character and revealing their secrets, leaving readers to wonder who was really responsible for the murder. The story is built up in a very interesting way, and the plot is very entertaining and refreshing. It was a very fast read, and never felt too slow or dragged on. Definitely a read I would recommend.

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jaglowgla82
Mar 23, 2021

WOW! Great book. It' s like breakfast club meets Agatha Christie. This book was great from the beginning to the end, really keeps you attention going. I find this to been more of a YA. I would say ages 14 and up are better at reading this if parents are okay with it.

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em_gv
Mar 12, 2021

There's a lot of hype around the book right now for some reason?
I saw it on my tiktok and was reminded that I'd read it a couple of years ago.
It was a solid book, and pleasant to sit through, but it really wasn't one of my more memorable reads.

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rpakrasi
Mar 09, 2021

One of Us Is Lying is a mystery/young adult novel about four high school students, Bronwyn, Addy, Nate, and Cooper, who are suspected of murder. A student dies in a classroom with only those four students present. The novel follows each student and the secrets they hide throughout the murder investigation.
The book had an interesting plot that kept me engaged in solving the mystery myself. It was definitely a page-turner, and there were dramatic and romantic elements to the story as well. However, I felt the ending was not shocking or fully satisfying. Reading the different characters' perspectives was also interesting but I did not root for a character or suspect a character over another. Overall, I liked reading the book but would not read it again.

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EDWIG HENDRADI
Mar 07, 2021

"One of Us is Lying" details the lives of four students in the aftermath of a murder. Their secrets are revealed, one by one, until the truth about the murder is found.

I found it hard to immerse myself in the book for the first few chapters, but as the story progressed, it became a page-turner. I liked McManus's touch of adding the perspectives of all the characters and including a twist line at the end of each chapter. The big reveal at the end felt a little forced and unrealistic. I was not really satisfied with it. I think the story wrapped well, even though none of the main characters were likable.

"One of Us is Lying" is the kind of book I would read once and forget about. Nothing in the story was that memorable, but it was fun to read to pass time.

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alexqise
Feb 21, 2021

One day, Bronwyn Rojas, Addy Prentiss, Cooper Clay, Nate Macauley, and Simon Kelleher are all brought to detention for having their cell phones in their bags. They all have to write an essay about why social media is ruining teens. Simon can’t find his water bottle and pours himself a glass of water from the sink. At that moment, a car crash brings all the students to the classroom window except one. They turn around and see that Simon has fallen to the ground, suffering an allergic reaction. All the -in the nurse’s office are gone, and Simon dies. All four of the students left are suspects for his murder. This fictional murder mystery is a great novel full of suspense and twists that will leave readers astonished.

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ciyer24
Feb 15, 2021

Karen M. McManus’s young adult, mystery, and suspense novel, One of Us Is Lying has a very gripping storyline. Out of five high school students in detention, only four come out, which means that someone has committed a murder. This book emphasizes friendship and family. Something that I really like about the book is that it is a good mix of romance and mystery and that there’s a surprising ending. Lastly, the book sends a message that although people may have done bad deeds in the past, they learn from their mistakes. I would recommend this to anyone who likes mystery, young-adult novels.

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cayetanavelasco
Jan 28, 2021

One Of Us is Lying Book Review
Rating: 4/5 stars
Ages: 13+

One of Us is Lying written by Karen M. McManus, is the story of 5 high school students who enter together into detention, and witness a tragic death; only 4 students walk out alive. The main plot follows the four other students who were in detention; Bronwyn Rojas, the class valedictorian who aspires to attend Yale, Addy Prentiss, the homecoming queen and popular girl in high school, Nate Macauley, the typical "bad boy" in probation for dealing drugs, and Cooper Clay, the star baseball player. They are all involved as suspects in the mysterious death of Simon Kelleher, creator of "About That", the highschool's gossip blog, which is revealed to not be an accident. Each one of them tries to clear their name, but they are all hiding something... Who commited the murder? Read "One of Us is Lying" to find out the truth behind Simon's death.

From my personal opinion, I believe that this was a very suspenseful, mysterious, and shocking book. It's definitely a quick and easy read, with a very interesting plotline, and a thrilling ending, which in my case, I could figure out by the end of the book. What I enjoyed the most was the relationship between Bronwyn and Nate, which was certainly very well developed. I feel that the way in which the book is narrated, from the points of view of the four main characters, is very effective towards our understanding of the identity and personality of each of them.

I would recommend this book to people who enjoy reading suspense/mystery YA novels. This is definitely a good read, and you will not be disappointed by the exciting ending!

ChinesaR_KCMO Jan 12, 2021

The plot of this story is pretty simple on the surface- five students report for detention, but only four leave alive. The mystery revolves around what happened in detention that day, whether what happened was a tragic accident, or something far more sinister...
One of the aspects I really liked about the story was the different characters. Each character really feels like someone you could find at any high school, but instead of being just a walking stereotype, each character is well-rounded, having a full personality as well as dark secrets of their own. It really goes to show that no one is fully what they seem.
The story is told from alternating viewpoints, covering the four students from detention who are the prime suspects. While each claims their own innocence, they begin to suspect everyone around them as a potential killer. In each viewpoint we find different clues, eliminating some suspects while bringing forward others. They are uncovering the clues at the same time we are, making the reveal at the end a surprise for everyone involved.

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Other: Mental problems

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Coarse Language: Swearing

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Frightening or Intense Scenes: Sexual abuse

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I know what it's like to tell yourself a lie so often that it becomes the truth.

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kaitoryn
Aug 10, 2020

[...] if anyone knows how badly you can screw up your life when you decide you aren’t good enough, it’s me.

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Jan 03, 2019

''I'm the omniscient narrator."

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Geraldine9
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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