One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Posted April 28, 2020 by Lupe
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One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

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Hola! I am back! It just took me longer than I thought! I was on hiatus I believe for more than a year ever since I had my health issues, but that is beside the point. You do not want to hear me ramble on about why I was on hiatus. You are here for the review!

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One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManusOne of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
One of Us Is Lying #1
Published by Delacorte Press on May 30, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery/Thriller, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Owned


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.

What a wild roller coaster ride!

Honestly, I thought that this would be some light reading and would get me back into the groove of things. I was wrong as hell. Basically, five high school students were in detention and one of them died before the end of it. The remaining students are now being investigated for the death of Simon, the boy who died in detention. To be frank, the synopsis did a good job of describing what this book is about. I will not continue to butcher it.

I do not want to give too much away in case you have not read it, but this book started off with a BANG. McManus did not give me the fluff; she went straight into the plot and I LIVED FOR IT. This is when I knew that shit is about to get GOOD.

Let’s talk about the characters because they are the ones that made this story entertaining!

Bronwyn is the smart one who is bound to go to Yale and the Latina in the group! 5 stars for being represented! I liked her. She is cool, but there were times where I wanted to shake her. She obviously likes someone in this book, and I won’t say who. Towards the end, I was so mad at them both and I was fighting with my Kindle. I promised my Kindle that if this shit doesn’t end like I wanted it to, it’s an automatic four from me. Good thing this dude at the end came through or else I would have thrown some hands!

Addy is the beauty queen of this group and I did not care for her AT ALL in the beginning. I rolled my eyes every time I had to read her point of view. My anger was so bad with her, my hands were shaking. Like girl … Get your shit together! By some miracle, she did get her life together. Addy became spunky and I honestly LOVED her character growth. I was like, alrighty then. I see you, Addy, I see you. She became one of my favorites!

Cooper is the baseball athlete of the group and I was pretty much feeling for this guy. I can’t technically say it or else it will be a spoiler, but what he went through basically reminded me of how people are still scared to share something personal about themselves. Oh god, I already said too much. Cooper is cool and I was so proud of him at the end! Also, his grandma is awesome.

Nate is the criminal one in the group who is on probation which makes him the main target for Simon’s death. His character was so fleshed out and made me like him A LOT. His living situation also made me realize that there are students like him who live in tough circumstances. His father sucks and I believe his mother played a big role in how his character developed in the end. His actions towards the end made me want to STRANGLE him, but he eventually fixed it. Thank God.

I forgot how bad I am at writing non-spoiler reviews.

Thank you for reading thus far! I would have given up after the first sentence. I HIGHLY recommend this book to everyone! This book made me not miss high school at all. I had my suspicion about who did it early on and was right. So, let me brag about it just this once, because this NEVER happens to me. It was a satisfying read and it kept me on edge the entire time. Go read it if you haven’t and if you have, share your thoughts with me in the comments below!

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Lupe is a 22-year-old Mexican-American who enjoys reading and watching movies when she gets the chance to relax. Her all-time favorite series consists of Bloodlines and Vampire Academy (among others), and her favorite author is Richelle Mead.

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11 responses to “One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

  1. Welcome back, Lupe!!!

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this one so much! I just bought myself a copy because I’ve been in a massive YA mystery kick lately, and I’ll probably be picking it up myself soon.

    • Lupe

      Hey Kal! You will really enjoy this one especially if you are on a ‘massive YA mystery kick’. I was iffy at first since I don’t normally read mystery YA novels, but I truly enjoyed this one. I might pick up the sequel soon!

  2. Oh my gosh I loved this book! Bronwyn is awesome and I love how Addy developed after initially being a doormat. Bravo! Nate grew on me too although yeah he got sketchy there a little. Haha glad he got his %^&$ togethe!!!

    And welcome back!!!

    • Lupe

      Hi Greg! You explained Addy very well! She WAS a doormat. Her character growth stood out to me the most out of everyone in the book.
      Thank you so much for commenting!

  3. Vee

    I remember really loving this book when I first read it and now that I’m redoing my blog, I’m in the process of re-reading some books that I really enjoyed! I’m so glad to see you loved this (and welcome back, Lupe!) and now I’m even more excited for my reread!

    • Lupe

      Thank you so much Vee! That’s awesome that you are re-reading books! I actually plan to go back and read some of my favorites because I just miss them 😀