Title: One of Us is Lying | Author: Karen M. McManus | Edition: Paperback | Language: English
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
“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.”
― Karen M. McManus, One of Us Is Lying
Plot/Storyline: 5 students walk into detention on Monday.
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.
But only 4 walk out alive and by the end of detention Simon is dead. According to the police his death was no accident but instead a carefully planned murder and since Simon had planned a very juicy post revealing dark secrets about the 4 in detention they are now the main suspects of Simon’s murder.
Writing: The book was written from the 4 main characters point of view. The writing was well done it was so well written and it kept you guessing the whole time. You never knew what was coming and I was always on edge not knowing who the killer was.
The thing with this book was you never knew who to trust, you would start to think there is no way this character could have done it but then you would discover a something about the character that will make you re-think everything.
I loved the setting of the book, it was such a cliché, the high school setting with the typical characters but I feel like that was what really worked for this story, because of the social Hierarchy dividing the 4 main characters their interaction with each other and the relationships they formed in the end seemed so much more impressive. Also, the 4 main characters banding together in an impossible situation and despite their obvious differences becoming a team and supporting each other made for a better read.
The book to was a cross between The Breakfast Club and Pretty Little Liars which I really loved. The similarities between the Breakfast club and the book was the students themselves.
The Pretty Little Liars aspect was the murder that occurred and the 4 main characters became suspects. Another similarity between the show and the book was the fact that the character that died knew everyone’s secret. Simon knew everything about everyone and was about to post it similarly in the show Alison also knew everyone’s secrets in the group.
Another thing I loved was the scene where everyone’s trying to dodge the Media and even though it didn’t happen exactly as it did in The Breakfast Club I enjoyed it a lot and it reminded me of this scene which fun to read.
Character development: I loved the main 4 characters a lot although I did have some issues with Addy n the beginning but towards the end I loved her.
Bronwyn – the typical smart kid that does no wrong, I loved how her character went from this picture-perfect goody two shoes to this realistic version of herself where she’s just as flawed and humane as the rest of the world and she stopped taking everything academic like it was a life or death situation. She became more daring and adventurous which I enjoyed.
Nate – he was my favourite from the beginning because of he had the bad boy image going for him and I loved it although you see Nate with a lot of issues in the start, you see him working through them and really changing for the better throughout.
Addy – the thing with Addy was that she really annoyed me in the beginning because she was such a sheep. She did everything her boyfriend would tell her to do and she wouldn’t take a stand for herself but by the end of the book she became such a badass and I loved her for kicking all the boys to the curb and staying single and being happy with herself.
Cooper – Honestly coopers character was just a sweetheart and I loved him that despite everything he looked out for Addy although he didn’t full stand up for her but he did make more of an effort and by the end he was so much happier because he wasn’t hiding from anyone or his true self and I loved that.
Simon – as the book progressed I found that I liked Simon less and less and didn’t like his take on life and his need for attention and not wanting to be the outcast caused some serious issues. Even though he was going through a lot he didn’t handle things well which I didn’t like.
The romance aspect of the book was something I enjoyed but only when it was the right people. There was a lot of relationship development throughout this book and not only romantic relationships but father-son relationships. The first thing I loved was Bronwyn and Nate they were so adorable and I couldn’t help but route for them. They had this chemistry that was just so cute and kind of a cliché but I don’t care. I loved how he brought out a carefree side in her and she brought out his better side and made him want to be a better person. Even though they weren’t fully together by the end of the book I found the ending to be more realistic because to expect Nate to suddenly by Bronwyn’s boyfriend would be unrealistic as he had issues in the start which he is still working through but I do like that he came to his senses and realises he made a mistake and asks for her to fix things between them. I liked how Addy and her sister’s relationship developed and by the end how close they became also I loved that Addy had such a great sister because her mum was a complete nightmare who was always putting her down saying she couldn’t do better than Jake and needed a man to take care of her which annoyed me and I’m glad by the end Addy ignored her. Cooper’s relationship with his dad was kind of rocky after Coopers secret got out and it was natural for his dad’s reaction considering the kind of person he was but by the end of the book his dad was finally able to look him in the eyes and make somewhat of an effort.
Overall: I loved this book so much because it taught you that life isn’t easy and the thing you want most doesn’t come easy and taking a shortcut is never the right way. Bronwyn took a shortcut and it cost her such a big price. The other thing this book teaches is that secrets have a way of getting out one way or another and it’s always better just to be honest.
The other thing I loved is that not everybody is okay with all the secrets that are out and especially with Cooper and his dad it took a lot of time for things to be okay and it will take a lot more time for things to go back to how they once were. How someone will react to something is almost unpredictable and giving them time and space is what is important. I love this quote from the book because it’s so true and perfect for this.
“Things’ll get worse before they get better.”
― Karen M. McManus, One of Us Is Lying