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One of Us Is Lying

One of Us Is Lying

eBook - 2017
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" Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club " ( 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 Selection for the Book You Have to Read in May A Best Young Adult Book of May 2017 A Popcrush Most Anticipated Young Adult Book of May 2017 "You'll tear through this juicy, super-fun (if murder can ever be fun?) thriller."— " 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
Publisher: [S.I.] : Random House Children's Books, 2017.
ISBN: 9781524714703
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Beaverton_IanD Apr 03, 2020

"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."

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A bestselling mystery in 2017, with a fast pace and a suspenseful tone. A sequel, "One of Us is Next," was recently published.

During detention, a student dies in front of other students. All of them become suspects in his death.

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Jun 08, 2021

This book was about a group of teenagers who got framed for the death of one of their classmates. The group consisted of four teenagers that came from several different backgrounds. The group forms a new bond with each other in the book that is very different than anyone would expect. This book was a real page-turner and was written from the perspective of all four of the teenagers. Each teenager’s perspective was different, and as the reader, it was very interesting to know what each character was thinking about the others. The details were very precise, which allowed me to imagine the story in my head and enjoy the book even more. I loved this book and would definitely recommend it to kids over the age of 11.

Jun 07, 2021

An enjoyable read, appropriate for teens or adults that like a teen read. I few too many clichés when it comes to the characters (maybe that really is what high schoolers are like? It's been a while) but it was still a decent mystery that kept me guessing until the last few chapters.

Jun 03, 2021

I love it. My favourite book of all time. Love the plot twist and everything.

May 28, 2021

This book really lived up to its hype. 5 students enter a room for detention, but only 4 students leave alive. Yes, it sounds ominous, but there are so many layers to uncover. Bronwyn, she is the brains and Yale bound student. Addy, she is the popular homecoming queen. Nate, he’s the criminal already on probation for dealing. Cooper, he’s the star baseball pitching athlete. And Simon, he’s the outcast and creator of the gossip app, About That, which has ruined many reputations- begging the question which enemy was out to get him? Simon’s death was ruled not an accident, which leaves the other four students the main suspects of investigation. Why you might ask, aside from the obvious? He was about to dish out on their biggest secrets right before his death, ones they never wanted to ever come out. This book takes you on a scavenger hunt of secrets, clues, and lies, can you figure out who’s to blame?
Many books are addicting, but this one is ADDICTING. Just when you thought, wow there is so much going on, more beans are spilled. Just when you think, man these students are suffering enough, another bombshell implodes on each one of them that leaves me stunned everytime. I couldn’t remove my eyes from this book; I just wanted to keep unraveling all the drama. This book also shines a light on the unfairness of the justice system, and it just made me so mad to see the police department and news outlets continuously dig at the students, like they are just 17 year olds! As I was reading this book- which I said I couldn’t stop doing- I was hyper analyzing each student's entry and perspective because who could the murderer be? My mind kept ricocheting between who and why, never really sure of who. BUT THE ENDING- SUPER UNEXPECTED. I would give this book an 11/10 if I could, it's just that good, and everyone should read it. It’s had mystery, drama, thrill, humor, relationships, it's perfect really.

May 27, 2021

This novel follows a group of High schoolers as they work together to find out who was responsible for the death of Simon, who died before the end of detention.
It goes without saying that this book was very interesting. I found myself rushing to read the book in order to find out what happened. It was easy to understand and well written. It had great plot twists! The one complaint I have is the cheesy high school stereotypes for the characters. In my opinion, some of the characters lacked depth and felt overdone. I wish McManus had created unique characters who defeated the typical High School stereotypes. This could very much just be a personal preference.
Overall, I enjoyed this book! Definitely a book worth reading.

Apr 08, 2021

After the school’s criminal, top student, star athlete, homecoming queen, and outcast find themselves in detention together, the unexpected happens. One of them did not make it out. The Outcast, Simon, supposedly knew rumours about each of his other four classmates, and investigators know that his death was no accident. So who did it? One Of Us Is Lying is a tale of deceit that will keep you questioning every sentence you read. Mcmanus skillfully demonstrates the power of rumours and how some can destroy you, and it surprisingly reminded me of We Were Liars, in which you should not believe everything you hear. 5/5
@Banana24 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

One of Us is Lying was an amazing book, to say the least! The book’s main theme is “murder mystery” as a boy named “Simon” suddenly died during detention. Of course, the suspects were the other 4 students in detention with Simon. All of them say they didn’t kill him, but the question is “who’s the liar?” Also, the book’s characters were stereotypical teenagers; the nerd, the rebel, the jock, the pretty girl, and the outcast, which really “amplify” what high school supposedly looks like. More than anything, I loved the variety of perspectives the author included. I loved how a few pages would be from the point-of-view of one character and how all the perspectives were interconnected! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of mystery books and teen drama!5/5-@Ash_Grey of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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

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.

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.

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.

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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Other: Mental problems

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Coarse Language: Swearing

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Frightening or Intense Scenes: Sexual abuse

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Sexual Content: sex

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Violence: Abuse

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Coarse Language: Swearing


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

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.

Jan 03, 2019

''I'm the omniscient narrator."

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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