One of Us Is Lying

One of Us Is Lying

Book - 2017
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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
Branch Call Number: YF McMa
Characteristics: 360 pages

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VaughanPLKathy Jul 09, 2018

I love who dunnit books and this one was a great read. I was not pleased with the ending but I would still recommend it to anyone that loves mysteries.

PimaLib_ChristineR Jul 06, 2018

Okay, first let's deal with "The Breakfast Club" thing. Yes, there are five kids that fit neat stereotypes, like the movie. I like that the publicity for the book, and even the inside cover play up the "Jock" Cooper, "Brain" Bronwyn, "Beauty" Addy, "Criminal" Nate, and "Outcast" Simon. But it's played up to break it down. Other than Cooper, who has moved to town recently, all of these kids have known each other for years, and McManus does a great job of playing on the history between the students to help build their characters. In the end, "One of Us Is Lying" is a mystery and a good one at that.

Simon writes "About That," the school's gossip blog (Gier's "Dream On" Trilogy, anyone???). He along with the other four serve detention, all for something they haven't done: have a phone in class. It's clear to them, if not the teacher, that someone planted the phones to bring them all together. Then, before detention is over, Simon is dead, and it couldn't be an accident.

Now Cooper, Bronwyn, Addy and Nate are suspects. Do they turn on each other or come together? What secrets is each of them hiding?

Besides the interesting mystery, it's an absolute blast to follow along as the four students, feeling isolated and under fire, come together to try to solve the mystery, even if it means one of them goes down in the end. Each of the characters, who are sold as one-dimensional, are written so well, they come to life. There are the kind of moments of awakening that we expect from YA, but also plenty of bad decisions that run against genre.

Will everyone love the end? No. I'm sure there will be some who are hurt or offended, but sometimes a mystery is just a mystery, a bit of entertainment.

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kristenstevens450
Jun 13, 2018

I really enjoyed this! A quick read, but lots of cliffhangers and surprises.

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red_cat_3931
Jun 04, 2018

love love love this book. i am a mystery geek, i love everything mystery from books to movies, this book as lots of cliff hangers and I totally suggest reading it, it took my a couple of weeks to read it, but once i started, i couldn't put it down. love love love this book. so definitely read it.

Fun and fast to read! Great reading for a weekend trip. A little melodramatic in parts, but that's to be expected in YA novels. Also available as an ebook or audiobook.

OPL_AutumnH Apr 08, 2018

I love having multiple narrators, and when you have four of them and you can't tell who might be lying it makes for a very compelling read. All the voices sounded distinct, and I found myself liking everyone and not wanting anyone to be revealed as the murderer. It kept me guessing until the end.

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Smac11
Mar 20, 2018

This book was full of cliff hangers and surprises. It was a light, easy and fun read.

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CarleeMcDot
Mar 01, 2018

I came across this title when I was on Amazon looking at another book, but it looked interesting so I got in line at my library for it. I didn't know anything about it, so when I read the description in the cover jacket I chuckled to myself and thought it sounded a bit like a mash-up between The Breakfast Club and Pretty Little Liars. I've said it before and I'll say it again, the young adult genre definitely seems to be my jam and this book was no different. It kept me entertained (and guessing) the entire time. I liked how the book was written - in the first person from the four main characters' point of view. I'll be honest, maybe it's because of all the Law & Order episodes I've watched over my years, I actually had figured out the mystery before it was spelled out at the end, but I still really enjoyed it. I would give it an 8 out of 10.

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black_rabbit_207
Feb 12, 2018

Really Good! I loved it! <3

OPL_AmyW Jan 30, 2018

It's The Breakfast Club, except one teen doesn't make it out of detention. A fun take on a teenage, murder mystery where the reader doesn't know which characters, if any, to trust.

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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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