SPOILER FREE REVIEW
Synopsis (Taken from Goodreads.com):
The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars; One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.
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.
Goodreads Rating: 4.07/5 Stars
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
Suddenly, I find myself falling into a contemporary kick this summer, so I figured I would let it ride until I need a break from this genre. This book was a great choice to continue my momentum with this genre. It was smartly written, smart, and explored important topics pertaining to today’s teenagers in America. All in all, I adored this book and wished it was longer than it was – I never wanted it to end!
Most importantly, this novel was written in four distinct points of view (Bronwyn, Cooper, Abby, and Nate). It was a diverse cast of characters who each had distinct personalities and well-rounded back stories. That, alone, created depth and put a strong foot forward for the story. Not only that, but the characters grew in immense ways after facing off with some of the hardest moments of their lives. They came to create friendships, learned what it meant to have an abusive relationship, reconnected with family members, and fought their way through the events of the novel.
Plot wise, it was well paced and explored so many important topics and events in teenage life. Through Abby, we learned how to recognize abusive romantic relationships and how to heal from that toxicity in life. Through Cooper, we learned that it is important to be yourself and to be honest with those around you. Through Bronwyn, we learned that it’s okay to make mistakes sometimes, as long as you work hard to make up for that mistake. Through Nate, we learned that it is okay to fall apart and walk off the path, as long as you make your way back home. However, the most important
However, the most important lesson learned, by far, was seen through the eyes of Simon. He was the one who built up the mystery of the novel and his story line was the most influential and important to read, by far. Usually, I am not a huge fan of mystery novels, but that was not the case with this novel. The entire time I was trying my hardest to figure out the true culprit of the crime, but McManns did an amazing job of laying down and hiding the breadcrumbs from the reader. It took me until the chapter or two before the reveal to figure out who was the culprit – and that was the most rewarding thing of all.
Overall, if you are looking for an enticing, compelling, and passionate read, I highly recommend this novel. I found myself rooting for all of the characters and enjoyed just how many important topics this novel tackled. Not only that, but it was fairly diverse, which is a major selling point these days. I know I can’t wait to come back to reread this one day!
“I don’t know why it’s so hard for people to admit that sometimes they’re just assholes who screw up because they don’t expect to get caught.”
― Karen M. McManus, One of Us Is Lying