One of Us Is Lying

One of Us Is Lying

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Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club” ( in this “flat-out addictive” (RT Book Reviews) story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
    Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
    Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
    Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
    Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
    And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon's dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

An 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 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."—

"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 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."

Baker & Taylor
When one of five students in detention is found dead, his high-profile classmates—including a brainy intellectual, a popular beauty, a drug dealer on probation and an all-star athlete—are investigated and revealed to be the subjects of the victim's latest gossip postings. Simultaneous and eBook.

Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2017
ISBN: 9781524714680
Branch Call Number: YA MYSTERY MCM
Characteristics: 360 p. ;,22 cm.


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VaughanPLKathy Jul 09, 2018

I love who dunnit books and this one was a great read. I was not pleased with the ending but I would still recommend it to anyone that loves mysteries.

PimaLib_ChristineR Jul 06, 2018

Okay, first let's deal with "The Breakfast Club" thing. Yes, there are five kids that fit neat stereotypes, like the movie. I like that the publicity for the book, and even the inside cover play up the "Jock" Cooper, "Brain" Bronwyn, "Beauty" Addy, "Criminal" Nate, and "Outcast" Simon. But it's played up to break it down. Other than Cooper, who has moved to town recently, all of these kids have known each other for years, and McManus does a great job of playing on the history between the students to help build their characters. In the end, "One of Us Is Lying" is a mystery and a good one at that.

Simon writes "About That," the school's gossip blog (Gier's "Dream On" Trilogy, anyone???). He along with the other four serve detention, all for something they haven't done: have a phone in class. It's clear to them, if not the teacher, that someone planted the phones to bring them all together. Then, before detention is over, Simon is dead, and it couldn't be an accident.

Now Cooper, Bronwyn, Addy and Nate are suspects. Do they turn on each other or come together? What secrets is each of them hiding?

Besides the interesting mystery, it's an absolute blast to follow along as the four students, feeling isolated and under fire, come together to try to solve the mystery, even if it means one of them goes down in the end. Each of the characters, who are sold as one-dimensional, are written so well, they come to life. There are the kind of moments of awakening that we expect from YA, but also plenty of bad decisions that run against genre.

Will everyone love the end? No. I'm sure there will be some who are hurt or offended, but sometimes a mystery is just a mystery, a bit of entertainment.

Jun 13, 2018

I really enjoyed this! A quick read, but lots of cliffhangers and surprises.

Jun 04, 2018

love love love this book. i am a mystery geek, i love everything mystery from books to movies, this book as lots of cliff hangers and I totally suggest reading it, it took my a couple of weeks to read it, but once i started, i couldn't put it down. love love love this book. so definitely read it.

Fun and fast to read! Great reading for a weekend trip. A little melodramatic in parts, but that's to be expected in YA novels. Also available as an ebook or audiobook.

OPL_AutumnH Apr 08, 2018

I love having multiple narrators, and when you have four of them and you can't tell who might be lying it makes for a very compelling read. All the voices sounded distinct, and I found myself liking everyone and not wanting anyone to be revealed as the murderer. It kept me guessing until the end.

Mar 20, 2018

This book was full of cliff hangers and surprises. It was a light, easy and fun read.

Mar 01, 2018

I came across this title when I was on Amazon looking at another book, but it looked interesting so I got in line at my library for it. I didn't know anything about it, so when I read the description in the cover jacket I chuckled to myself and thought it sounded a bit like a mash-up between The Breakfast Club and Pretty Little Liars. I've said it before and I'll say it again, the young adult genre definitely seems to be my jam and this book was no different. It kept me entertained (and guessing) the entire time. I liked how the book was written - in the first person from the four main characters' point of view. I'll be honest, maybe it's because of all the Law & Order episodes I've watched over my years, I actually had figured out the mystery before it was spelled out at the end, but I still really enjoyed it. I would give it an 8 out of 10.

Feb 12, 2018

Really Good! I loved it! <3

OPL_AmyW Jan 30, 2018

It's The Breakfast Club, except one teen doesn't make it out of detention. A fun take on a teenage, murder mystery where the reader doesn't know which characters, if any, to trust.

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May 24, 2018

This debut novel follows four high school students thrown together in detention with the creator of their school's gossip app.


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