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One of Us Is Lying Book Review

One of Us is Lying is another book I read the whole way through in one sitting. I know, I know. It’s from the young adult section. Will I ever grow up? Probably not.

I feel in love with reading with The Babysitters Club paperbacks tucked into my every spare moment. Once those had been properly devoured I grabbed a new set from Christopher Pike. My first favorite read of his was Remember Me. I still remember it now.

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I read my way through the YA section at my local library too quickly. And, while I moved into the adult section by the time I was thirteen I never stopped checking in to the Young Adult Section because so many of my favorite reads have been discovered there. And they still are. Here is the latest find!

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One of Us Is Lying Awards

Don’t just take my word for it. Check out this list of well-deserved awards One of Us is Lying has claimed.

  • New York Times Bestseller
  • An Best YA Book of the Year Selection
  • A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of the Year Selection
  • A New York Public Library’s Best Book for Teens Selection
  • A Popcrush Best Young Adult Book of the Year Selection
  • A CBC Teen Choice Book Award Nominee
  • A Best Young Adult Book of May 2017
  • A Goodreads Best Young Adult Book of the Year Nominee
  • A YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction Book Nominee
  • A YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
One of Us Is Lying Book Review

Before I read One of Us Is Lying, it had been recommended to me because I loved The Pretty Little Liars series. There are also parallels with The Breakfast Club, one of my all-time favorite movies. I couldn’t wait to get my copy.

Meet The Characters in One of Us Is Lying

Bronwyn: Yale-bound super student. Bronwyn is brilliant and wealthy.

Cooper: The star athlete, Mr. Nice Guy, Cooper is a friend to all.

Addy: The beautiful one spending her high school years starring as the agreeable girlfriend.

Nate: The bad boy. Drug dealer from a broken home.

What do they have in common? All of them are hiding something, and all of them are being investigated for murder.

One of Us Is Lying Book Review

What I Liked About One of Us Is Lying

I love a good mystery and because I read so many I usually solve them really early in the story. This one threw up enough red herrings to form a flock. I appreciate it for that reason alone.

The characters are typical teenagers and they act like it. That’s kind of a relief when we read so much where teens are more adult in their thinking than most of us actual adults. It keeps it real.

Everyone is dealing with real-deal life issues on top of the murder investigation. Family dynamics come into play giving the book depth. Add that to the sudden twists and plot turns and you have a pageturner that almost every reader becomes a bit obsessed with.

From the Book Jacket of One of Us Is Lying

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.

About The Author of One of Us Is LyingKaren McManus

Karen M. McManus is the #1 New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying, Two Can Keep a Secret, and One of Us Is Next. Her fourth novel, The Cousins, will publish in December 2020. Her work has been translated into more than 40 languages worldwide. Karen lives in Massachusetts and holds a master’s degree in Journalism from Northeastern University, which she mostly uses to draft fake news stories for her novels.

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