One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McmanusOne Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. Mcmanus

One Of Us Is Lying

byKaren M. Mcmanus

Hardcover | May 30, 2017

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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.

A New York Times Bestseller
An EW.com Selection for the Book You Have to Read in May

A Bustle.com Best Young Adult Book of May 2017
A Popcrush Most Anticipated Young Adult Book of May 2017
A YALSA Best Fiction Book Nominee

“You’ll tear through this juicy, super-fun (if murder can ever be fun?) thriller."—Bustle.com

"This is no ordinary whodunit…surprising and relevant."—USA Today

"Twisty plotting, breakneck pacing and intriguing characterisation add up to an exciting, single-sitting thrillerish treat."—The Guardian

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
Karen M. McManus earned her BA in English from the College of the Holy Cross and her MA in journalism from Northeastern University. When she isn’t working or writing in Cambridge, Massachusetts, McManus loves to travel with her son. One of Us Is Lying is her debut novel. To learn more about her, go to her website, karenmcmanus.com, or ...
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Title:One Of Us Is LyingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.56 × 5.81 × 1.12 inPublished:May 30, 2017Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1524714682

ISBN - 13:9781524714680

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from That ending. I can't believe that ending but also, yesssssss that e n d i n g!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! I was hooked from the beginning! It's a fast paced quick read, that leaves you guessing till the end. Loved it.
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick read Finished this book in 2 days! The first half of the book went very slowly but the second half made you want to keep turning the pages. Loved the characters and how they split the narration :) I definitely recommend #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read I enjoyed this book. It was not as good as I was hoping though. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty Good Thiller This book definitely keeps you on your toes by the second half, the first is pretty slow. Solid thriller, not the best, but the nostalgia in this book will have you turning every page.
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So good! This was the perfect summer read! With all the nostalgia of The Breakfast Club this book delivers suspense, and mystery at a quick pace with twists at every chapter. Must read!
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A quick read This book was a bit slow to begin with and a bit dry at times, but I really liked the plot. There was mystery and anticipation of what was coming next, as well as plot twists and romance. A good read.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from slow beginning leading to good book This book was a bit slow to begin with and a bit dry at times, but I really liked the plot. There was mystery and anticipation of what was coming next, as well as plot twists and romance. A good read.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from slow beginning leading to good book This book was a bit slow to begin with and a bit dry at times, but I really liked the plot. There was mystery and anticipation of what was coming next, as well as plot twists and romance. A good read.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad! Looking for a fast paced teen mystery? You’ve come to the right spot. One of Us Is Lying was a super fast read and I raced to the end to see what happened. For me it was very predictable but it was still a fun read! One big drive for this novel was the different perspectives. It was very well done in this one and I kept flipping to the next chapter needing more information. I loved the modern day Breakfast Club feel to it even though the stereotypes were heavy. If you want to feel something in a mystery this one isn’t one of those reads but if they make this one into a movie I think it would work very well!
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from This book hooked me from the very beginning and I quickly flew through it. The narration is split between the four main characters - Bronwyn, Nate, Cooper, and Addy - and I definitely had some favourites, namely Bronwyn and Nate. I just really liked the relationship that developed between the two of them, and Nate became my precious bb that I just wanted to hug and protect. It could be a bit predictable and tropey but it did have a couple surprises pop up throughout. I was a bit whatever about the big reveal, but I flew the book so fast that I just thoroughly enjoyed my time spent with the characters.
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thriller is right! I can't believe I missed the clues staring me right in the face! Very well written and well thought out reveal.
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Easy Read One of Us is Lying promises its readers Breakfast Club, Pretty Little Liars style and delivers. The plot is interesting and wonderfully paced. There's a great attention to detail and it all makes sense when you have all of the information. This book also manages to do what many books with multiple POVs fail to do: not once did I want to skip any of the POVs. They all brought something important to the book and were interesting, with distinct voices. My main gripe with this book is it focuses more on the details of Simon's death than on making me care about the living four. Both Breakfast Club and Pretty Little Liars are incredibly character focused, but One of Us is Lying fell flat in that aspect, despite its attempts. You can tell the book wants you to like the Bayview Four (the media's nickname for Bronwyn, Nate, Cooper, and Addy) but I couldn't. The only one of the four I truly cared about was Addy. Other than that, all of my favourite characters in this book are secondary characters -- Addy's sister, Bronwyn's sister, Cooper's grandma, the TV lawyer. It's not that Bronwyn, Nate, and Cooper are unlikeable, they just read as the one dimensional stereotypes they're labelled as. Only Addy ends up being more than her label. The book also focuses much more on Bronwyn and Nate than Cooper and Addy, which is only a problem if you, like me, prefer Addy to the other three. The epilogue especially pays more attention to Bronwyn and to a lesser extent, Nate, than Cooper or Addy which is unfortunate. Give me a sequel about Addy, please. However, despite my quarrel with the character writing, it was a fun book with an interesting plot that I haven't seen done quite like this before. Definitely something I may read again.
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good I really liked this book overall. I liked how things were slowly revealed and it was hard to know if someone was telling the truth or not. I didn't find the ending a complete surprise, but it was still not super predictable. I do wish, however, that the beginning of the book was faster paced and that there was more difference in the characters points of view (writing style wise). I also thought that the characters were to heavily stereotyped at points which was a little irritating because they stopped being relatable.
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kept Me Guessing Till The End I loved this book, devoured it so quickly. It was like a roller coaster, once I got started there were highs and lows and I just couldn't stop till I was done. I am usually one that can call an ending but this one had me going right till the big reveal. I loved the changing view points, it never distracted from the flow of the story.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Breakfast Club with mystery. “She's a princess and you're a jock," he says. He thrusts his chin toward Bronwyn, then at Nate. "And you're a brain. And you're a criminal. You're all walking teen-movie stereotypes.” I loved this book. When I started, I was expecting to have a clear cut idea of who the murderer was and have some of the characters be obvious favourites but this book kept me guessing until the end! The more I read and the more I got to know each of the characters, the I fell in love with all of them. Great, quick YA mystery read!
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So fun to read! I loved this story so much.It made me pay attention to every characters behaviours. One Of Us Is Lying is an absolutely brilliant read!
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! This is a fantastic novel! I finished more than half of it in a sitting because it just gripped me from the very first page. Intriguing characters, unpredictable plot line, exciting writing. I am obsessed. Highly recommend for mystery!
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Secrets and Murder! One of Us is Lying begins with five Bayview high school students entering detention together, because of breaking a no cellphone rule. All five claim the confiscated phones aren’t theirs. After an hour one of the students is dead. Simon, the victim, writes and runs a school gossip app, so he had many enemies. Did one of the students in detention kill him, did all four together or was it someone else entirely? Who had such a terrible secret it was worth killing to keep Simon silent? The Bayview Four (as they are dubbed in the press) are initially introduced as stereotypes - the Jock, the Brainiac, the Princess and the Bad Boy. As the story progresses it's revealed there is so much more to each of them than that and they all have something they'd desperately like to hide. I loved getting to know each of the suspects, finding out the secrets they want to keep hidden and how they individually deal with the accusations by the police and grow from their experiences as a result. The story is told through multiple viewpoints and it's a testament to the author's writing ability that I was easily able to distinguish the different characters from chapter to chapter. I found the four main characters well-developed and very likable, so I anxiously looked forward to the conclusion to find out who the killer was and why Simon was killed. This was a fun YA mystery, with an uncomplicated style I really enjoyed. Highly recommended. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One Of Us Is Lying Even if you solve the mystery before the end, it’s still a really fast-paced compelling read with strong stories for each of the four leads. #plumreview I received this ARC through a giveaway
Date published: 2017-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Plot Mystery isn’t my favourite YA genre (I’m a fantasy girl all the way) but occasionally I like to sink my claws into a story that will leave me at the edge of my seat with the WHO-DUNNIT element. And that’s the sole reason why while One Of Us Is Lying was a GOOD book, it didn’t make me suspect the four teenagers in the room – NOT ONCE – making it seem slightly off. That vital blame game was missing and while I was curious to see who did it, I NEVER FELT THAT INTENSE NEED TO KNOW. Thoughts: 1. THE PLOT OF THE BOOK WAS REALLY INTERESTING, and that’s the reason I requested it! Five teenagers locked in detention, a car crash to send the teacher out and the boy with a gossip website and a horrifying secret about everyone in that room dies from an allergic reaction. GREAT PLOT. 2. I also loved that the book was told from the viewpoints of all four potential murderers. It made you get to know them a lot more and piece together stories of the story. 3. While I liked the above point (^), it was also the reason the book didn’t have the who-dunnit element. NONE OF THE CHARACTERS HATED SIMON ENOUGH TO KILL HIM, and I fully believed that they didn’t making me uninterested in finding out which of them killed him. Honestly, I LIKED the characters too much to see them as murderers. 4. One of my favourite characters was Addison. I adored her character development in the book. She took huge steps to from a girl that made every decision based on her boyfriend’s whims and fancies to one who one who cut her hair and turned badass. I loved her spirit and I really liked how much she changed. 5. Honestly, I liked the book. The characters were well developed, the plot was definitely unique but I didn’t SUSPECT ANYONE. It didn’t make me blame anyone and I just accepted the ending as it came. A very well constructed book with interesting characters that is definitely worth a read! 4 stars
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Fun, Easy to Read Mystery This book ended up being just as addicting as I thought it would. The whole time I was reading I was trying to pick apart what happened just so I could figure out who the killer was. I even ended up being partially right! One of Us Is Lying was one of those books where things aren't as they seem. You think you've got everything figured out and then something changes and nothing makes sense again. It was really fun to read and if you're a fan of mysteries then you'll love this one. All the characters were great (props for having a diverse cast of characters) and I loved how they each interacted with each other. Plus they were all SO different from each other yet they all had some things in common. Even without the mystery it would have been fun to read about them. The only reason it didn't get five full star from me was that I was expecting a little more crazy. I thought the murderer's plan would be so outrageous that I would have never thought of it. That's just a me thing though. I like the unexpected. I'd still recommend this book to any YA mystery lover! If you like puzzles without anything extreme then this is the perfect book for you!
Date published: 2017-05-30

Read from the Book

Chapter One       Bronwyn   Monday, September 24, 2:55 p.m.       A sex tape. A pregnancy scare. Two cheating scandals. And that’s just this week’s update. If all you knew of Bayview High was Simon Kelleher’s gossip app, you’d wonder how anyone found time to go to class.   “Old news, Bronwyn,” says a voice over my shoulder. “Wait till you see tomorrow’s post.”   Damn. I hate getting caught reading About That, especially by its creator. I lower my phone and slam my locker shut. “Whose lives are you ruining next, Simon?”   Simon falls into step beside me as I move against the flow of students heading for the exit. “It’s a public service,” he says with a dismissive wave. “You tutor Reggie Crawley, don’t you? Wouldn’t you rather know he has a camera in his bedroom?”   I don’t bother answering. Me getting anywhere near the bedroom of perpetual stoner Reggie Crawley is about as likely as Simon growing a conscience.   “Anyway, they bring it on themselves. If people didn’t lie and cheat, I’d be out of business.” Simon’s cold blue eyes take in my lengthening strides. “Where are you rushing off to? Covering yourself in extracurricular glory?”   I wish. As if to taunt me, an alert crosses my phone: Mathlete practice, 3 p.m., Epoch Coffee. Followed by a text from one of my teammates: Evan’s here.   Of course he is. The cute Mathlete--less of an oxymoron than you might think--seems to only ever show up when I can’t.   “Not exactly,” I say. As a general rule, and especially lately, I try to give Simon as little information as possible. We push through green metal doors to the back stairwell, a dividing line between the dinginess of the original Bayview High and its bright, airy new wing. Every year more wealthy families get priced out of San Diego and come fifteen miles east to Bayview, expecting that their tax dollars will buy them a nicer school experience than popcorn ceilings and scarred linoleum.   Simon’s still on my heels when I reach Mr. Avery’s lab on the third floor, and I half turn with my arms crossed. “Don’t you have someplace to be?”   “Yeah. Detention,” Simon says, and waits for me to keep walking. When I grasp the knob instead, he bursts out laughing. “You’re kidding me. You too? What’s your crime?”   “I’m wrongfully accused,” I mutter, and yank the door open. Three other students are already seated, and I pause to take them in. Not the group I would have predicted. Except one.   Nate Macauley tips his chair back and smirks at me. “You make a wrong turn? This is detention, not student council.”   He should know. Nate’s been in trouble since fifth grade, which is right around the time we last spoke. The gossip mill tells me he’s on probation with Bayview’s finest for . . . something. It might be a DUI; it might be drug dealing. He’s a notorious supplier, but my knowledge is purely theoretical.   “Save the commentary.” Mr. Avery checks something off on a clipboard and closes the door behind Simon. High arched windows lining the back wall send triangles of afternoon sun splashing across the floor, and faint sounds of football practice float from the field behind the parking lot below.   I take a seat as Cooper Clay, who’s palming a crumpled piece of paper like a baseball, whispers “Heads up, Addy” and tosses it toward the girl across from him. Addy Prentiss blinks, smiles uncertainly, and lets the ball drop to the floor.   The classroom clock inches toward three, and I follow its progress with a helpless feeling of injustice. I shouldn’t even be here. I should be at Epoch Coffee, flirting awkwardly with Evan Neiman over differential equations.   Mr. Avery is a give-detention-first, ask-questions-never kind of guy, but maybe there’s still time to change his mind. I clear my throat and start to raise my hand until I notice Nate’s smirk broadening. “Mr. Avery, that wasn’t my phone you found. I don’t know how it got into my bag. This is mine,” I say, brandishing my iPhone in its melon-striped case.   Honestly, you’d have to be clueless to bring a phone to Mr. Avery’s lab. He has a strict no-phone policy and spends the first ten minutes of every class rooting through backpacks like he’s head of airline security and we’re all on the watch list. My phone was in my locker, like always.   “You too?” Addy turns to me so quickly, her blond shampoo-ad hair swirls around her shoulders. She must have been surgically removed from her boyfriend in order to show up alone. “That wasn’t my phone either.”   “Me three,” Cooper chimes in. His Southern accent makes it sound like thray. He and Addy exchange surprised looks, and I wonder how this is news to them when they’re part of the same clique. Maybe überpopular people have better things to talk about than unfair detentions.   “Somebody punked us!” Simon leans forward with his elbows on the desk, looking spring-loaded and ready to pounce on fresh gossip. His gaze darts over all four of us, clustered in the middle of the otherwise empty classroom, before settling on Nate. “Why would anybody want to trap a bunch of students with mostly spotless records in detention? Seems like the sort of thing that, oh, I don’t know, a guy who’s here all the time might do for fun.”   I look at Nate, but can’t picture it. Rigging detention sounds like work, and everything about Nate--from his messy dark hair to his ratty leather jacket--screams Can’t be bothered. Or yawns it, maybe. He meets my eyes but doesn’t say a word, just tips his chair back even farther. Another millimeter and he’ll fall right over.   Cooper sits up straighter, a frown crossing his Captain America face. “Hang on. I thought this was just a mix-up, but if the same thing happened to all of us, it’s somebody’s stupid idea of a prank. And I’m missing baseball practice because of it.” He says it like he’s a heart surgeon being detained from a lifesaving operation.   Mr. Avery rolls his eyes. “Save the conspiracy theories for another teacher. I’m not buying it. You all know the rules against bringing phones to class, and you broke them.” He gives Simon an especially sour glance. Teachers know About That exists, but there’s not much they can do to stop it. Simon only uses initials to identify people and never talks openly about school. “Now listen up. You’re here until four. I want each of you to write a five-hundred-word essay on how technology is ruining American high schools. Anyone who can’t follow the rules gets another detention tomorrow.”   “What do we write with?” Addy asks. “There aren’t any computers here.” Most classrooms have Chromebooks, but Mr. Avery, who looks like he should have retired a decade ago, is a holdout.   Mr. Avery crosses to Addy’s desk and taps the corner of a lined yellow notepad. We all have one. “Explore the magic of longhand writing. It’s a lost art.”   Addy’s pretty, heart-shaped face is a mask of confusion. “But how do we know when we’ve reached five hundred words?”   “Count,” Mr. Avery replies. His eyes drop to the phone I’m still holding. “And hand that over, Miss Rojas.”   “Doesn’t the fact that you’re confiscating my phone twice give you pause? Who has two phones?” I ask. Nate grins, so quick I almost miss it. “Seriously, Mr. Avery, somebody was playing a joke on us.”   Mr. Avery’s snowy mustache twitches in annoyance, and he extends his hand with a beckoning motion. “Phone, Miss Rojas. Unless you want a return visit.” I give it over with a sigh as he looks disapprovingly at the others. “The phones I took from the rest of you earlier are in my desk. You’ll get them back after detention.” Addy and Cooper exchange amused glances, probably because their actual phones are safe in their backpacks.   Mr. Avery tosses my phone into a drawer and sits behind the teacher’s desk, opening a book as he prepares to ignore us for the next hour. I pull out a pen, tap it against my yellow notepad, and contemplate the assignment. Does Mr. Avery really believe technology is ruining schools? That’s a pretty sweeping statement to make over a few contraband phones. Maybe it’s a trap and he’s looking for us to contradict him instead of agree.   I glance at Nate, who’s bent over his notepad writing computers suck over and over in block letters.   It’s possible I’m overthinking this.       Cooper   Monday, September 24, 3:05 p.m.       My hand hurts within minutes. It’s pathetic, I guess, but I can’t remember the last time I wrote anything longhand. Plus I’m using my right hand, which never feels natural no matter how many years I’ve done it. My father insisted I learn to write right-handed in second grade after he first saw me pitch. Your left arm’s gold, he told me. Don’t waste it on crap that don’t matter. Which is anything but pitching as far as he’s concerned.   That was when he started calling me Cooperstown, like the baseball hall of fame. Nothing like putting a little pressure on an eight-year-old.   Simon reaches for his backpack and roots around, unzipping every section. He hoists it onto his lap and peers inside. “Where the hell’s my water bottle?”   “No talking, Mr. Kelleher,” Mr. Avery says without looking up.   “I know, but--my water bottle’s missing. And I’m thirsty.”   Mr. Avery points toward the sink at the back of the room, its counter crowded with beakers and petri dishes. “Get yourself a drink. Quietly.”   Simon gets up and grabs a cup from a stack on the counter, filling it with water from the tap. He heads back to his seat and puts the cup on his desk, but seems distracted by Nate’s methodical writing. “Dude,” he says, kicking his sneaker against the leg of Nate’s desk. “Seriously. Did you put those phones in our backpacks to mess with us?”   Now Mr. Avery looks up, frowning. “I said quietly, Mr. Kelleher.”   Nate leans back and crosses his arms. “Why would I do that?”   Simon shrugs. “Why do you do anything? So you’ll have company for whatever your screw-up of the day was?”   “One more word out of either of you and it’s detention tomorrow,” Mr. Avery warns.   Simon opens his mouth anyway, but before he can speak there’s the sound of tires squealing and then the crash of two cars hitting each other. Addy gasps and I brace myself against my desk like somebody just rear-ended me. Nate, who looks glad for the interruption, is the first on his feet toward the window. “Who gets into a fender bender in the school parking lot?” he asks.   Bronwyn looks at Mr. Avery like she’s asking for permission, and when he gets up from his desk she heads for the window as well. Addy follows her, and I finally unfold myself from my seat. Might as well see what’s going on. I lean against the ledge to look outside, and Simon comes up beside me with a disparaging laugh as he surveys the scene below.   Two cars, an old red one and a nondescript gray one, are smashed into each other at a right angle. We all stare at them in silence until Mr. Avery lets out an exasperated sigh. “I’d better make sure no one was hurt.” He runs his eyes over all of us and zeroes in on Bronwyn as the most responsible of the bunch. “Miss Rojas, keep this room contained until I get back.”   “Okay,” Bronwyn says, casting a nervous glance toward Nate. We stay at the window, watching the scene below, but before Mr. Avery or another teacher appears outside, both cars start their engines and drive out of the parking lot.   “Well, that was anticlimactic,” Simon says. He heads back to his desk and picks up his cup, but instead of sitting he wanders to the front of the room and scans the periodic table of elements poster. He leans out into the hallway like he’s about to leave, but then he turns and raises his cup like he’s toasting us. “Anyone else want some water?”   “I do,” Addy says, slipping into her chair.   “Get it yourself, princess.” Simon smirks. Addy rolls her eyes and stays put while Simon leans against Mr. Avery’s desk. “Literally, huh? What’ll you do with yourself now that homecoming’s over? Big gap between now and senior prom.”   Addy looks at me without answering. I don’t blame her. ­Simon’s train of thought almost never goes anywhere good when it comes to our friends. He acts like he’s above caring whether he’s popular, but he was pretty smug when he wound up on the junior prom court last spring. I’m still not sure how he pulled that off, unless he traded keeping secrets for votes.   Simon was nowhere to be found on homecoming court last week, though. I was voted king, so maybe I’m next on his list to harass, or whatever the hell he’s doing.   “What’s your point, Simon?” I ask, taking a seat next to Addy. Addy and I aren’t close, exactly, but I kind of feel protective of her. She’s been dating my best friend since freshman year, and she’s a sweet girl. Also not the kind of person who knows how to stand up to a guy like Simon who just won’t quit.   “She’s a princess and you’re a jock,” he says. He thrusts his chin toward Bronwyn, then at Nate. “And you’re a brain. And you’re a criminal. You’re all walking teen-movie stereotypes.”   “What about you?” Bronwyn asks. She’s been hovering near the window, but now goes to her desk and perches on top of it. She crosses her legs and pulls her dark ponytail over one shoulder. Something about her is cuter this year. New glasses, maybe? Longer hair? All of a sudden, she’s kind of working this sexy-nerd thing.   “I’m the omniscient narrator,” Simon says.   Bronwyn’s brows rise above her black frames. “There’s no such thing in teen movies.”   “Ah, but Bronwyn.” Simon winks and chugs his water in one long gulp. “There is such a thing in life.”   He says it like a threat, and I wonder if he’s got something on Bronwyn for that stupid app of his. I hate that thing. Almost all my friends have been on it at one point or another, and sometimes it causes real problems. My buddy Luis and his girlfriend broke up because of something Simon wrote. Though it was a true story about Luis hooking up with his girlfriend’s cousin. But still. That stuff doesn’t have to be published. Hallway gossip is bad enough.   And if I’m being honest, I’m pretty freaked at what Simon could write about me if he put his mind to it.     Simon holds his cup up, grimacing. “This tastes like crap.” He drops the cup, and I roll my eyes at his attempt at drama. Even when he falls to the floor, I still think he’s messing around. But then the wheezing starts.

Editorial Reviews

A New York Times BestsellerAn EW.com Selection for the Book You Have to Read in May A Bustle.com Best Young Adult Book of May 2017 A Popcrush Most Anticipated Young Adult Book of May 2017A YALSA Best Fiction Book Nominee “Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club....so make room for One of Us Is Lying in your bags, because this is one carry-on you won’t want to put down." —EW.com“You’ll tear through this juicy, super-fun (if murder can ever be fun?) thriller."—Bustle.com "This is no ordinary whodunit…surprising and relevant."—USA Today"Twisty plotting, breakneck pacing and intriguing characterisation add up to an exciting, single-sitting thrillerish treat."—The Guardian"Readers will have a hard time putting this clever page-turner down."-BookPage.com“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"One of Us Is Lying is flat-out addictive...[McManus] weaves an authentic, suspenseful mystery that readers can imagine taking place at their very own high school.”—RT Book 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