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” ( 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.

And don’t miss Karen McManus's new novel Two Can Keep a Secret that Bustle says is "a must-read YA thriller if you love Riverdale and Sharp Objects."

Praise for One of Us Is Lying

An Best YA Book of the Year Selection
A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of the Year Selection
A Popcrush Best Young Adult Book of the Year Selection
A New York Public Library's Best Book for Teens Selection
A CBC Teen Choice Book Award Nominee
A Bustle Best Young Adult Book of May 2017

A Goodreads Best Young Adult Book of the Year Nominee
A YALSA Best Fiction Book Nominee
A YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

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

"A whodunit with a Breakfast Club twist...following four unique voices on a chase to find the killer, this one will keep you guessing until the very, very end."—Popcrush

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

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

An addictive, devour-in-one-sitting thriller.”—Kara Thomas, author of The Darkest Corners, Little Monsters, and The Cheerleaders

"[As] McManus's intense mystery unfolds...each character becomes more complex and nuanced, adding richness and depth to the suspense." —VOYA, Starred Review
Karen M. McManus earned her BA in English from the College of the Holy Cross and her MA in journalism from Northeastern University. She is the New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying, Two Can Keep a Secret, and, coming January 2020, One of Us Is Next. Her work has been published in more than 40 countries. To learn mor...
Title:One Of Us Is LyingFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:416 pages, 8.56 × 5.81 × 1.33 inShipping dimensions:8.56 × 5.81 × 1.33 inPublished:May 30, 2017Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1524714682

ISBN - 13:9781524714680


Rated 1 out of 5 by from Predictable I was looking forward to a great Teen Psychological Thriller/Mystery and the whole plot was just predictable. The book was a let down
Date published: 2019-09-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Predictable I saw through the plot in a heartbeat, the multiple romances seemed forced, and the characters weren't all that engaging. I liked the premise, but the execution was lacking. 2 stars because I managed to finish it. It wasn't super boring. Something was always happening, even if I knew exactly what was going to happen next.
Date published: 2019-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book! I only bought this 2 days ago and I only regret not getting "Two Can Keep A Secret" by the same author. This is my type of book with a thriller story line, plot-twists and some romance behind the scenes. Even though some parts may have been predictable, what book isn't like that? I would recommend to 13+. Shipping came 3 days earlier as well!
Date published: 2019-08-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing When I read the synopsis of this book I was expecting something very different compared to what was actually in the book. I found when reading this I was hoping for the mystery to play a bigger role in the story especially when the book is presented as "Pretty Little Liars meets the Breakfast Club." I found this book fairly predictable and at times boring.
Date published: 2019-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! I loved this book more than I expected that I would. I don't usually read this type of novel but I wanted to try something new. I'm so glad I did because I was so happy with it in the end! I loved the characters, and how there were elements from every genre. Comedy, mystery and romance equally added to this book and twisted it into something incredible. If you are on the fence about this one, read it! You won't be able to put it down.
Date published: 2019-06-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dark and Twisty As a fan of the more recent teen murder/mystery/thriller genre, I enjoyed this book. It was a quick read.
Date published: 2019-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy Read Felt a bit predictable. Having said that I enjoyed it, read through it quickly, kept me interested I would read her other books
Date published: 2019-04-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from it was ok it was kind of unrealistic, not how real life would be tbh. but it was ok i guess
Date published: 2019-03-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Good I went into this thinking it was going to be a very 'Breakfast Club' kind of mystery, I was extremely disappointed. I had to read this for a novel study and this book dragged so much. I feel like the ending was also just an easy way out, so many other interesting was it could have gone. I really wish I could have liked this but it just didn't click : \
Date published: 2019-02-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quick Read I am not a teen but I enjoyed this book. Everything happens so quickly at the beginning and you're left wondering how the rest of the book will unfold. Tons of character development, plot twists (some of which aren't very surprising) and instances that will make you say "YES!"
Date published: 2019-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing writing/book! I read this a few weeks ago, and I could not put the book down! It was a fantastic read! I loved every part of it, with all the twist and turns that were involed that really did make me question, ‘who really killed Simon?’ Not going to lie, I was a little disappointed on how Simon’s death was revealed, but was nonetheless was a fantastic read! I really hope there is a sequal!
Date published: 2019-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it. This is probably one of the best books I’ve ever read, I was always on the edge of my chair and I couldn’t put the book down. I was dissolved in the story and the story wasn’t predictable which I was happy to see. The characters all have great stories behind them, which I thought was super cool. There are twists and budding romances althroughout the book despite the tragic event that occurred and effected them all. Loved it, I only wished their was an epilogue or something because the ending got me eager to find out more.
Date published: 2019-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable read It was an enjoyable read. There was a small part in the middle that felt like they were getting nowhere and kind of boring but the rest was great! I love a good murder mystery and it did not disappoint! The story follows 4 kids who are suspects in the death of Simon Kelleher, high school student behind their school's gossip app that ruins reputations with it's secrets. All four of them have a secret to hide and would do almost anything to keep it hidden. Somehow, they all end up in detention with Simon and when the period is over, Simon is dead. Who did it? Is it the star of the football team, the Prom Queen who lives in her boyfriend's shadow, the rebel with previous criminal charges or the goodie two-shoes who always follows the rules? I loved the characters! Loved how Addy was able to finally stand up for herself and that Bronwyn got the hot guy! I was glad they leaned in to each other to try and solve the mystery.
Date published: 2019-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Glad I picked it up Really enjoyed this book, it kept me interested and wanting to read chapter after chapter.
Date published: 2018-12-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Harmful Narrative I was on board this mystery all the way until the end. This novel uses Suicide and Mental Health as a 'prank', 'joke, 'plot twist'. It doesn't have any concrete Mental Health research justify the conclusion. Highly disappointed in all the buzz. On top of it all, the writing was not good.
Date published: 2018-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! This was a fantastic read! The characters, although your typical high school archetypes, were still very realistic and believable. The puzzle itself kept me hooked, and I could not put it down until I found out the ending! Highly recommend this as a light, easy mystery. I look forward to reading the other book by this author as well - and hopefully many more to come!
Date published: 2018-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from ONE OF US IS LYING Great dynamic between characters. Made me want to not stop reading. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love this book! It was a good read. The beginning was a bit slow but as soon as you got into it you couldn't put it down. It was defintely a brain teaser, I was always changing my idea about who could be the murderer.
Date published: 2018-08-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Quick Read This book was pretty good. The mystery wasn't as predictable as I thought it would be. It was cool to see it written from the different perspectives. Just found out there is a sequal coming out in January. I will probably read that one too.
Date published: 2018-08-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Okay Read The Breakfast Club becomes a murder club. Some of this book was okay the rest was just bad. The mental illness story line could have been done better. By the end of the book l could not care who did what and why.
Date published: 2018-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice YA Read Pretty fast and fun YA read with an interesting premise. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I adored this book. I loved all the different perspectives.
Date published: 2018-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable It's a quick fun read that doesn't have a dull moment.
Date published: 2018-08-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from interesting story This was a super interesting concept for a story with a really unpredictable twist at the end. I found that I became really attached to some of the characters, but others I really didn't care about.
Date published: 2018-08-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Predictable but still GOOD I read it when it first came out, and I really enjoyed it - my only problem was that the ending was very predictable.
Date published: 2018-08-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great murder mystery If you love murder mystery books this is a great choice. There are lot's of twists and it keeps you on your toes. Its a great read!
Date published: 2018-07-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An Okay read Good pace and some fun chapters but a lot of it felt really forced, shock value just for the sake of shocking. Overall not a terrible read but the big reveal leaves you wanting a bit more.
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay........ I have never really familiarisés myself in the world of murder mysteries or crime so I decided to give this book a shot , cause why not coconut! To be honest , this book was really predictable and kind of left me wanting more. Also , the idea of this book is that all these high school stereotypes have these secret stuff that no one knows about but even they’re secrets are stereotypical. The rebel that has an alcoholic father, the gay baseball player , the pretty girl with an over controlling boyfriend , the brains that cheated. It’s a good beachhead because it is so easy but I would definitely not pick it up for a school project, etc.
Date published: 2018-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Read the book in one week because I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2018-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Fun Mystery This book was a fascinating adventure that felt like an Agatha Christie mystery. It had both the element of the murderer possibly being any one of the main characters and the fact that it keeps you a bit more detached from the characters. Which is a plus for a story like this because it keeps you from getting too protective or suspicious about any one character and keeps the mystery going. One thing that I really enjoyed about this book was how perfectly it fit the age of the characters. It's an elaborate mystery, but how the crime is pulled off it actually pretty simple, and it's nice to see a murder mystery that isn't overly violent. I also enjoyed this book for the fact that the murderer wasn't easy to figure out until closer to the end. All in all, this is a fun murder mystery and will make for a great beach read or a rainy day adventure. Just make sure when you pick it up that you give yourself the day to read it, because it's pretty hard to put down. If you enjoy mysteries, the Breakfast Club, or fast paced dramas, you should definitely check out One of Us is Lying!
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book! I bought this book and read it within the same week could not put it down!
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from One Of Us Is Lying By KAREN M. MCMANUS This is an engaging, enticing look at the pressures of high school and the things that cause a person to lose control.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. McManus’s intense mystery unfolds…each character becomes more complex and nuanced, adding richness and depth to the suspense.
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great book I bought this a few months back and it was great, it is a great mystery with a amazing twist at the end.
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A modern mystery After the first chapter, I couldn't put the book down! Read through the whole thing in a day. Frankly, I almost missed my bus stop because I wasn't paying attention. PLOT TWISTS!
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down This book I looked over. I didn't have an interest in reading it at first but so glad i did. Omg was this book ever good. I didn't want to put it down Chapter after chapter I wanted to know more. Who did it? Why did they? Omg was it this person. Nope it's that. Twists and turns AMAZING
Date published: 2018-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book I was so interested to read this book after seeing so many great reviews for it and I'd have to say that it did not disappoint! Amazing read that reminded me so much of the Breakfast Club.
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring I bought this book in hopes of it being a thrilling story with compelling story lines, but was faced instead with whining characters that made the story so boring with their bland personalities. I couldn't even get passed the first 100 pages because of how dull the story line was and I didn't care enough about the characters to invest in their stories. Maybe I'll finish the novel, but so far it's low on my list.
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from One of Us is Lying Didn't live up to expectations. Wasn't compelling enough.
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books that I've ever read!! This book is skillfully written, with unsuspecting plot twists! this is the best book that i have ever received... I couldn't put it down! The characters are well thought out (if you know what i mean), the details are amazing... I couldn't think of a better mystery book to read!!
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good Read This was a super easy read, more of a teenager book. I still liked it though, it was a great story and was quite interesting. I love having easy to read books every once in a while & this one was enjoyable!
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great mystery! One of Us Is Lying is the love child of The Breakfast Club, Gossip Girl, and Pretty Little Liars, and I am here for it. I thought the group of characters that McManus gave us were compelling and I was genuinely interested in all of them. I ended up calling two of the main reveals at the end, but the twists and turns along the way were intreging none the less. Looking toward to to seeing more of McManus work, her writing is so addictive!
Date published: 2018-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An interesting Timely Read One of Us is Lying centres around the four students who are in detention when another student also in detention also dies. With the way that Simon died, it had to be someone in the room who killed him and all of them hold secrets they would prefer to keep quiet as Simon ran a gossip app spilling the secrets of everyone in the school. Who killed Simon? Each of the main characters that we read the point of view from is one of the four caught in the room and they all fit into some of the archetypes of high school -- Bronwyn, the valedictorian; Addy, the beauty queen; Cooper, the jock; and Nate, the delinquent. As we read the points of view of the four characters, we learn more about them and though we read from their points of view, none of the clues are revealed until McManus wants them to be revealed. Each of the characters has a distinct voice and has their own character arc as they progress with the investigation. It was really interesting reading from each of their perspectives as they encountered more and more problems that came with the intensifying investigation and come to terms with their own secrets. There's definitely a budding relationship in this book and I kind of really ship it even though the dude did some dumb things. The whole mystery of who killed Simon didn't turn out how I expected it to and it really caught me by surprise which I guess is nice, since I read and watch enough crime stories to be able to predict how they turn out. I think I had expected there to be more of the "teaming up to figure out who really did it" going on the book and I was slightly disappointed when it really only started towards the last 1/3 of the book. One of Us is Lying is more of a story of self-discovery than the crime thriller I had hoped for. Overall, it does kind of have that "The Breakfast Club" vibe that it was pitched as and an interesting take on a "locked room" crime. It's a great read if you're interested in reads that will somewhat subvert the typical archetypes and also have a serious element of mystery.
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! Would 100% read this book again. It was such a page turner and had me guessing the entire time.
Date published: 2018-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WHAT A BOOK! Cannot recommend this book enough! It was gripping, suspenseful and had some beautiful lovey dovey moments! I read this book within 2 days, gasping, laughing and on the edge of my seat! Amazing read!!!
Date published: 2018-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I can't recommend this book enough! This was a very quick read for me as I found that I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed how the story and characters developed. This book kept me guessing until the very end, and I am satisfied how all the loose ends throughout the story fell into place. I didn't find it predictable at all. You know you have a good book when you finish and it, and despite having a good resolution, it still leaves you wanting more. I would, however, put a trigger warning on this. It is hard to go into detail without spoiling the story, but this book deals with mental health conditions and adult themes. The characters in this book are in their final year of high school and I suggest that readers be of a similar age.
Date published: 2018-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent I was pretty surprised at how much I liked this. The character arcs were (while slightly predictable) pretty empowering and 4 distinct voices are difficult to write but really well done. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down This book had me at the edge of my seat. It's definitely Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars. I wouldn't recommend this book for anyone under the age of 14.
Date published: 2018-05-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from O.k. Pretty good mystery story, but like most, nothing really new
Date published: 2018-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from AMAZING If you love a mistery story, this one is perfect for you
Date published: 2018-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! Our daughter encouraged me to read this as she loved it...and I was pleasantly surprised! Really well done!!
Date published: 2018-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A story to kill for!! lol i just finished reading this book today and i loved it. One of my friends guessed who killed simon without reading anything except for the summary and i was shook! How did she know? anyway amazing book overall with a great twist!
Date published: 2018-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read A twisty plot that draws you in and vivid characters you can relate to.
Date published: 2018-05-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It was ok It was kind of interesting but I didn’t really love it.
Date published: 2018-05-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick Mysterious Read I really enjoyed this book- wasn't expecting much from a YA mystery novel. Super quick and easy read if you want a bit of fast mystery,
Date published: 2018-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick read, interesting plot twist This book was a lot less thrilling than many other mystery crime stories, up until about one or two parts, which is a pleasant change for me. It was definitely interesting enough for me to want to non-stop read it, though. There are 3 parts to this book, each develops the plot well through the eyes of each of the 4 main suspects. The initial incident happens shortly after beginning the book, wasting no time. There were quite a few characters as this takes place among students of a high school so it was a little tricky to remember all of their connections to one another but it was easy enough as they are highly repetitive. Overall it was engaging and a quick and easy read.
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Teens & Murder & Liars OH MY Summary (Read the books its good) ******* WARNING (some) SPOILERS ******** One, I love multiple perspectives so point for that Karen. Two, killing a kid with anaphylaxis with said allergen is creative as hell so thanks for that one. Three, ending the book with the typical lovey-dovey romantic fade out was the only criticism I have after finishing this book. While this book is not the most enticing mystery/thriller I've ever read, it was decent. Anyone else think it could have been Addy at the beginning? I definitely did not think that other person was involved (I'm really trying not to spoil too much okay) so that was a cool twist. I did, for a few chapters think it could have been Addy, but only because she annoyed the hell out of me until later on. But a little under half way through I'd figured out the culprit. So while the mystery wasn't really their the thrill of it was. I liked how much depth each character had and that these kids had to deal with regular craziness on top of murder charges. Gives the reader something to relate to and I found myself more invested in the outcomes of their lives rather than the figuring out of the "mystery" itself.
Date published: 2018-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not as predictable as more Y.A mysteries Usually these types of books you know right away who it is. This one keeps you guessing a little longer. Really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from really good i was a little leery about this book in the beginning but it ended up being really good. the plot was really engaging and the character development was very realistic. the only thing i didn't like was i started reading this because there was a gay character but they didn't reveal who it was until like more than halfway through the book and then they didn't give him that much of a story after that so that was disappointing. but the ending was good and unexpected.
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unpredictable It was such a good book! I really didn't know the outcome until the very end. Had a great plot twist as well!
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good This is a pretty interesting story and written in a way that makes it a nice quick read.
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very enjoyable! I flew through this book.... I NEEDED to know what happend. I liked the characters and the development of them.
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good teen mystery Think The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, and you are on track for the appeal of this story. I needed to see how it ended, and it had a twist or two that I didn't see coming.
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! When I read the description of this book, I was so excited to read it. Most of the reviews I read for this book either loved it or hated it, which made me even more curious about it. I can understand why after reading it, and luckily I loved it! I figured out the ending by about a third of the way into the book. But I was still glad to read till the end to find out if I was right. It was a clever ending. I think I’ve read so many mysteries and thrillers now that I’m getting better at solving them. I’m usually wrong, so I was glad that I was right this time! I really liked the characters. I liked the way that this mystery brought them together even though they had such different backgrounds. And there were so many secrets! The secrets were revealed slowly throughout the book, to keep the mystery going. I really enjoyed this story!
Date published: 2018-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great but kinda predictable Even though I knew who it was by the middle of the book it was still a great read
Date published: 2018-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED This book surprised me. The premise had me drawn to it but the actual story kept me with it. I wasn't fully expecting the ending. A great read
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful and amazing read I just read the book and finished it in two books. If Pretty Little Liars and the Breakfast Club had a baby, this book would be it. The chapters leave you shocked and anticipating what's next. It is a good read that reminds us all that we are more than the labels society gives us.
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book I really enjoyed reading this book, it was very interesting and i loved the ending.
Date published: 2018-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from really good this book was great 9/10 recommend, but i wasn't completely hooked
Date published: 2018-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! This book is definitely a page turner! The whole plot was so well planned out and it kept me in suspense until the end!
Date published: 2018-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A whirlwind read that wouldn't let me go A whirlwind that kept me off balance and guessing. Five seniors are caught with cell phones in class and meet at after school detention. Within minutes, one of them is dying from an anaphylactic reaction. Soon the police and a very public media descend to investigate who is the perpetrator of this evil act. Why would anyone want to kill Simon who had been their class mate for years. Perhaps it was that gossip app, About That, that he created and used to spread juicy rumours about his school mates. Each of the other four present had huge secrets that could pose dire consequences for them if Simon were to make his next post public. This book was amazing. I was hooked from the opening pages and did not want to put it down. Details about the four suspects, Bronwyn, Addy, Nate and Cooper, were carefully released. I found myself continually re-assessing my thoughts on who might be guilty. About midway through the story, I thought I had it, but still had to determine the why and how. Not that I didn't keep second guessing myself. This is a well written debut novel. The situation and the students felt real. It had me calling aloud to them and urging them on in their investigations. I give it top marks and would gladly recommend it to teen and young adult readers. I eagerly look forward to Ms. McManus' next novel. #IndigoEmployee
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from For fans of Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl, The Breakfast Club or Thirteen Reasons Why One of Us Is Lying will probably be my favourite book of 2017. It has diverse main characters, a great romance and a mystery that will make you stay up reading till the AM. Simons dead, but who did it? Was it Bronwyn the brain, Addy the princess, Cooper the athlete or Nate the criminal? Is it a coincidence that the four of them were in the room when Simon was killed? Especially since he planned to expose their secrets the next day. Which one of their secrets was so important that they killed the boy who was going to tell the rest of the school. I've always been a huge fan of The Breakfast Club, so when I read the synopsis I knew I had to read this book. I was a little disappointed that the only similarity from The Breakfast Club was about their personalities and that they were all in detention, but the book itself was so amazing that this little thing didn't influence my rating what so ever. Right away, we dive into the four main character's lives, their secrets, home life and what they think about the situation. Every single character was so different, yet they all had something that you could love about them. Abby has been the girl her boyfriend has always wanted her to be, she dresses like he wants, agrees with everything he says and follows him around like a lost dog. Without him, Abby would be nothing, and what Simon has on Abby could end her relationship for good. While I wasn't a huge fan of Abby in the beginning, she really redeemed herself near the end and I ended up cheering her on. Cooper is the all star athlete, he's popular, extremely nice and is dating one of the prettiest girls in high school, but he's also hiding a big secret, one that could tear his family apart and end his baseball career before it even starts. Nate comes from a bad home, an alcoholic dad and a bipolar mother who ran away and left them behind. Nate is an open book and could care less if anyone knows his secret, but if the parole officers find out that Nate is dealing weed again, he could be trifled as an adult. Bronwyn (my favourite) is focused on getting into Yale, with perfect attendance, perfect grades and lots of extracurricular she's a shoe-in to get in, the last thing she needs is Simon spilling her secrets and ruining her chances of getting in to the university of her dreams. I finished this book in two days, but if I had the time, I probably would have finished it in one sitting. This book is definitely addicting. It has tons of action in every chapter, take my word when I say you wont be bored. The suspense and mystery of this book will keep you reading until you find out who the murderer is, and the romance in this story will have you swooning. I loved every single aspect of this book. My favourite thing about this book, was that it wasn't predictable at all. In every mystery book, you always have a feeling of who did it, and when you find out that it was who you suspected, you either have the "I knew it" moment or the "dang it, that was too easy" moment. The amount of times I changed my mind about who the killer was, is too many to count. Yet none of the people I suspected killed Simon. The ending was such a nice surprise which I never saw coming. It was extremely well written and I'm really impressed with the amazing job Karen did. If you love Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl, The Breakfast Club or Thirteen Reasons Why, you will absolutely love this book. I highly recommend it to everyone who loves a good mystery and is prepared to stay up all night reading this book. I can't wait to see what this author writes next.
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Amazing book with an amazing story, but I think that nobody under 11 should read it as there are some things that happen in the book are a little bit inappropriate.
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Little Overhyped But Still Good It was a pretty decent read. It has a little Pretty Little Liars, Breakfast Club, Riverdale, etc. I would say that Shooter by Caroline Pignat was probably a better version of it though. However, I'm intrigued about what the TV show will be like. 3.5/5
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Overly hyped. I was super excited for this book but was let down. It was good, but I was never hooked. The character development was very good though.
Date published: 2018-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Even though there were some parts that I didn't really enjoyed it was still a fast pace and fun story
Date published: 2018-01-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from alright It was good, but it had slow parts and there was a forced relationship going on
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Breakfast Club meets Riverdale I really enjoyed this book! I thought some of the plot points were a little cliche but the overall story was very good. I liked how the reader could go into the minds of each character in the book and get different perspectives on the same situation.
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Did I want my daughter to know that much?? But the story works... I bought this for my daughter (13, in grade 8), and read it while she was as well. I'm not sure I was ready to know that my daughter was reading about high school students who thought being sexually active at 16 (going all the way!) was the norm. However, I'm totally cool with her knowing that she'll have homosexual classmates, and depression is a real affliction for teens. That was some discussion.... The premise of the "mystery" of "one of us is lying" is good, and the characters sufficiently differentiated that reading the novel from four perspectives works. Characters are allowed to grow out of their original situations and perspectives, which was a good lesson too.
Date published: 2018-01-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh Characters were one dimensional and unlikable. Story didn't feel realistic. I was pretty disappointed.
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Not as engaging as I had hoped
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW Very interesting, loved it I suggest you get it! It keep me going all night!
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Was in denial throughout the book
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok the whole story is ok but the ending is bit disappointing
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal This novel contains many twists. I found it very enjoyable.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Predictable Y.A has really struggled to create an engaging mystery thriller, and this book is no different. The book lacks serious character development, the mystery is predictable from the second chapter, and the forced loved story is awkward at best. It's better than Malicious, but that book is terrible.
Date published: 2017-12-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay.. I at first loved the concept, but felt like so much more could've happened.
Date published: 2017-12-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I loved it to the ending. The ending was a bit too much, but I have hope that the series will be redeemed
Date published: 2017-12-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bored I was thoroughly bored and annoyed at the characters in this book. I don't even care who killed Simon anymore.
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not impressed This is such a cheesy book with foreseeable plot twists and dull characters. It felt like I've seen thousands of movies that are exactly like this book.
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok This book is a fun easy read; however, the twists and surprises are really not that surprising at all. If you want a good mystery, this book is probably not for you.#plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Incredibly Disappointing I love a good murder mystery. I will never say no to a good, old-fashioned thriller; offer me a book with the promise of a murder, a thrilling hunt to find the killer, and I'm sold - bonus points if Dame Agatha Christie's name is on the cover. But this book did not meet my expectations. Rather, it fell far, far short of them. The premise was incredibly promising, but while the actual hunt to find Simon's killer was intriguing, the "big reveals" about the suspects felt bland and not all that surprising, really. And the students in the school were extremely clichéd bullies with nothing better to do than gossip. Also, it's entirely unbelievable and unrealistic that an app such as About That would be allowed to continue harassing minors. Be that as it may, without About That, we wouldn't have a story. Although, given how this book turned out, I wouldn't be all that disappointed. This book doesn't deserve the title of "murder mystery", given that 95% of the focus is on the bloody romances. There's very little character development, way too much teenage drama, and - a murder mystery? Forget it. Other people may enjoy this book, given its setting, characters, and twist ending, but I found myself extremely disappointed. I expected so much more than cliché teenage romance and drama.
Date published: 2017-12-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Amazing author with great character development.
Date published: 2017-12-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must Read I bought this book and finished it the same day I got it. I could not put it down. The twists are sure to keep you on edge.
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read!! I received this book as a gift and within the first chapter, I was drawn in. This book is so hard to put down and always has you asking questions. If you like mystery books, this will have your mind going in circles the whole time! Amazing!
Date published: 2017-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from If the Breakfast Club was Riverdaled it would be this book Looking for a book to buy a teen? Get this one (and The Hate You Give). It's a murdery John Hughes kinda book, that is begging for a Netflix series. I wasn't super keen on the ending, but I'm an adult so what do I know. Teens love it and the characters are complicated (except the bad guy, he is pretty one dimensional) and I enjoyed reading it. The multiple perspectives added to the story in a way that gave more depth than you can get from watching the breakfast club (an obvious inspiration/reference)
Date published: 2017-12-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One Of Us Is Lying This book was crazy. So many twists and turns, so mysterious. And what a masterful plot! I had a lot of fun reading this book! I tired to keep track of all the facts of the murder and figure out who killed Simon before it was revealed, but I didn't succeed. First I thought it was one person, then I'd read more and be like, "Nah it wasn't her, it was him." But as I kept reading it didn't seem to that person anymore. The final outcome of who killed Simon was like, wow. I kinda thought of that but still, pretty masterful.
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read Mystery I read this one in one sitting, I couldn't put it down. The characters draw you in from page one and the story is well written, with great plot twists that keep you guessing until the end. Highly recommend. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very captivating Once I began to read this book, I wanted to continue reading to find out what happened. The resolution was satisfying and the characters grew throughout the investigation to end up discovering their true selves.
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good YA thriller While this was enjoyable and well-written, it was predictable and there wasn't enough moral greyness for a thriller. It was good but if you're expecting a Gone Girl type book, you're out of luck.
Date published: 2017-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a MUST read This book definitely kept me on the edge of my seat! Plot twists around every corner, you never see them coming! Trust me when I say you will not know who the liar is until the very end, a good choice for those into mysteries.
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great novel! Such a wonderful and short read! Absolutely loved this book! I recommend!!
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Such an inspiring and interesting read, simply could not put it down! Great job!
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great This was surprisingly good. I wasn't that into it in the beginning but as it went on I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hooked Every page had me hooked the entire time
Date published: 2017-10-17
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

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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 Best YA Book of the Year Selection A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of the Year SelectionA New York Public Library's Best Book for Teens Selection A Popcrush Best Young Adult Book of the Year SelectionA CBC Teen Choice Book Award NomineeA Best Young Adult Book of May 2017A Goodreads Best Young Adult Book of the Year NomineeA YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction Book NomineeA YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers “Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast make room for One of Us Is Lying in your bags, because this is one carry-on you won’t want to put down." —“You’ll tear through this juicy, super-fun (if murder can ever be fun?) thriller."—"A whodunit with a Breakfast Club twist...following four unique voices on a chase to find the killer, this one will keep you guessing until the very, very end."—Popcrush"Twisty plotting, breakneck pacing and intriguing characterisation add up to an exciting, single-sitting thrillerish treat."—The Guardian"This is no ordinary whodunit…surprising and relevant."—USA Today"Readers will have a hard time putting this clever page-turner down."“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