One of Us Is Lying

One of Us Is Lying

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"When the creator of a high school gossip app mysteriously dies in front of four high-profile students all four become suspects. It's up to them to solve the case"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781524714680
1524714682
9781524714697
1524714690
Branch Call Number: YA MCMANUS 2017
Characteristics: pages cm

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KevinELPL Aug 15, 2018

This book has a fantastic premise - five students are serving an after-school detention when one of them suddenly dies of what appear to be natural causes. Then, the next day, a post from the dead student appears on social media - he says he was murdered! It reads like an Agatha Christie novel, b... Read More »


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cgking
Nov 23, 2020

its me.

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taeyunericakang
Nov 22, 2020

One of Us is Lying Book Review
5 stars
ages 15-17
When four seniors enter detention, Simon, the writer of a gossip page, is already waiting for them. When detention starts, there are five people, but by the end, there are only four who are breathing. With Simon gone, everyone becomes suspicious of the four others who are left, Bronwyn, Addy, Cooper and Nate. Starting the next day, they are immediately questioned by the police and their principal. With different backgrounds for each individual, they are faced with the challenges of senior year, as well as a murder case on their hands. With their peers constantly whispering, and authorities constantly interrogating, the four have no option but to stick together. As the year goes on, the mystery behind Simon’s murder only deepens, and explanations are led astray. Soon, there are Tumblr posts exposing certain people of their past actions, and the four seniors feel fear towards what could possibly happen next. Unexpected friendships are made, and new experiences occur everyday. And at one point, the police even have one of the four arrested, and it is solely up to the other three to get him out. The four know that they are innocent. But does anyone else? The twist of the ending will have you thinking you had everything figured out just to reveal that maybe you didn’t. I recommend this book to people who enjoy mysteries and crime stories. I really enjoyed how the author was able to tie everyday life as a student, with such a deep and somewhat dark situation. Due to this, the story becomes something that we can relate to even though it is a situation most of us have never dealt with. It also allows us to be able to understand things from different perspectives in different situations, and teaches us to be understanding of others.

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sofieinspace
Nov 16, 2020

OK. I walked into a bookstore, wandering into the Young Adult section, saw the title, and was immediately hooked.
This is a great book and definitely recommended. However, I think it's really only for 14 and older.
I loved, loved, loved, the sweet romantic relationship between two of the main characters who you wouldn't believe would ever have feelings for each other.
This is a very entertaining book and is a single-sitting read. The murder plot is good as well, did actually keep me guessing until I saw an online review that spoiled the murderer. The drama in the book is good, too.

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In the case of the murder plot, the title of the book is extremely misleading.

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susan_findlay
Nov 11, 2020

This book claims to be a murder mystery and thriller. The promotional materials tell you that you'll be wondering who killed Simon right up until the end.

Not really.

I can honestly say that, for most of the book, I really didn't care at all who killed Simon nor did I feel overly concerned that any of the four main characters were in imminent danger.

So, why am I giving the book four stars? Because it was a really enjoyable story that did a great job of fleshing out the four main characters, none of whom were exactly who you'd expect from the surface descriptions - and yet all of whom were completely consistent with those surface descriptions. There was also a very sweet romance between "the most unlikely characters" (which, of course, means it was really obvious who it was going to be between - but still a lovely teen romance anyway).

All four main characters felt real. The murder of Simon pretty much served as a device to give us an excuse to get to know them. The book finally remembered that it was supposed to be a murder mystery/thriller in the last chapter or so and dealt with that aspect of the story. But if you want to read this book for the mystery/suspense, it's the wrong book for you. If you just want enjoyable character-based young adult fiction, it's a fantastic choice.

Simone_CCL Oct 27, 2020

Drama - Revenge - Whodunnit

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labraden
Oct 26, 2020

Five students; Simon, Nate, Bronwyn, Addy, and Cooper, are serving detention with the teacher who caught them with cell phones, but somebody placed a cell phone in each of their backpacks in order to frame them. While they are in detention, there is a car accident in the parking lot outside their classroom, and the teacher goes to help. Simon gets a drink of water and suddenly begins convulsing. He is taken to the hospital and dies of anaphylactic shock due to a peanut allergy. The four other students who were serving detention with Simon all fall under suspicion, especially since Simon's blog was about to reveal their deepest secrets.

The title, One of Us Is Lying, is a bit deceiving since in one form or another, all of the characters have been lying. All of the characters' secrets become public knowledge and several clues are pursued by the police and the characters themselves. Once the secrets are revealed, the after effects are explored, adding depth to the mystery. The only real disappointment was the resolution. I had trouble believing that high schools students would be that clever, vengeful, and devious. Overall, however, a good mystery with a less than believable ending.

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pranaav_chennai
Aug 30, 2020

Five people, Addy, Bronwyn, Cooper, Simon, and Nate enter detention one day. But only four of them leave the room alive. Simon is murdered inside the detention room. Each of the others must find Simon’s killer, while not being implicated themselves.

This book is one of the better mystery books I have read. The story is engaging, with enough twists to keep readers on their toes. The characters also have hidden depths to them that are revealed by the plot. Overall, it is a good book for teenage readers.

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kaitoryn
Aug 10, 2020

One of Us is Lying is basically The Breakfast Club characters being accused of murder, except this book spans across a few months to give its characters more development and depth than the classic 80s movie could achieve within its single detention period.
Initially, I disliked all the characters as they seemed flat and boring, even after the author slapped traumatic backgrounds or difficult home lives onto them. Fortunately, McManus pushed further to grow her characters into more complex and likable individuals. The main romance of the story was also very cute, albeit cliched like many of its other aspects.
Aside from being a bit too cliched for my taste, I was furthermore disappointed with the book's reveal of the big answer as it lacked a mind-blowing twist. I even guessed what had happened before the halfway point of the plot, and I suck at solving mysteries in books. Perhaps I'm just too dark, but I was surprised that the characters hadn't even considered it earlier on in the story.
One of Us is Lying was nonetheless an engaging and enjoyable read, but if given the choice, I'd rewatch The Breakfast Club over rereading this book or trying out its sequels.

pacl_teens Aug 03, 2020

"The perfect mix of high school drama and mystery, One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus is as engrossing as it is entertaining. Bronwyn, studious and hardworking, is all set to go to Yale and keep up her family’s name. Cooper is an exceptionally talented baseball player, bound to be a star in the near future. Addy seems to have the perfect life: popularity, friends and a wonderful boyfriend. Nate, currently on probation, has been around the police enough times due to his misdemeanors. And then there’s Simon, infamous for posting his peers’ deepest secrets on his gossip app, About That. One day, Simon has an allergic reaction and dies during detention. The police suspect foul play; Bronwyn, Cooper, Addy and Nate suddenly find themselves entangled in a murder investigation as primary suspects. There is only one other thing common between them: they all had very strong motive to kill Simon. As the story goes on, we realize that no one is merely what they seem to be. Secrets are revealed and every detail is questioned.

The best thing about this book was that the ending was completely unexpected. The story is also told from the point of view of all four main characters, which gives us a good understanding of each character and their role. McManus makes each of them seem suspicious, without giving anything away. Some parts of the story did get a little cliched, but the book had my attention throughout.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery. Four out of Five Stars."
- Anjani, Grade 10

"Everyone loves a good mystery. Right? One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus is an incredible mystery debut novel. One afternoon five students from Bayview High, Bronwyn, Addy, Nate, Cooper, and Simon, are sent to detention. They all make it out of detention alive, except for Simon. After Simon’s death is ruled a homicide the rest of the four are all suspects in his murder. As you follow all four characters as suspects in their classmate’s murder case you will find out everything about them in addition to their best-kept secrets.

This book has so many twists and turns you just cannot put it down! I loved how this book was told in all the POVs of the main characters, by doing this you get to be in all of their heads and are able to connect on different levels with each of them. Even though all the main characters are described to be high school stereotypes, they are way more than that. After learning a bit about each character you can see their unique personalities shining through which makes you want to read the book even more. This book also has some romance in it which I am personally a big fan of. I love how the author was able to incorporate the romance without making it a huge plot point of the story or making it too cheesy. I think it was just the right amount. As I was reading this book I was constantly trying to figure out what happened to Simon and who caused his death. Once you find out what happens, it is completely jaw-dropping and unexpected.

In conclusion, this book is an amazing read-in-one-sitting type of book. Once you pick it up you just can’t put it down! If you are a fan of the TV show Pretty Little Liars or the movie The Breakfast Club this book is the perfect match for you! Five out of five stars."
-Eunchae, Grade 10

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Bushra_20
Jul 18, 2020

One of Us is Lying opens with four students heading into detention, all thinking they don't deserve to be there. Before long, a fifth student -- Simon, who runs a popular gossip app called About That -- is dead in the classroom, and the four students are murder suspects. Not only were Bronwyn, Nate, Addy, and Cooper the only people in the room with Simon when he died, but they also all have devastating secrets Simon was close to publishing. As the story unfolds, it's possible the students have been framed, but they keep unraveling more of one another's secrets, leaving them all confused as to whom they can trust. They also learn Simon had plenty of enemies on campus, as he had wrecked many lives by posting students' darkest secrets and misdeeds. Romance, bullying, cliques, secret lives, cheating, and family issues entangle the four main characters as they try to figure out which of them did it or who would want to set them up for a murder conviction.

I liked this book because it delved into the personalities and thoughts of each individual suspect to keep the reader guessing who did it until the very end. Overall, One of Us is Lying is a surprising and engaging book that was hard to put down. I especially liked how each perspective of the characters was described in depth so that the audience was not left out of the storytelling. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves murder mysteries and young adult fiction.

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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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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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Hallieisabookworm
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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