One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus is a clever mystery that blends the characters of the Breakfast Club with the secrets of Pretty Little Liars. The storytelling was really simple with an easy to follow mystery with so many twist and turns. I’m happy to say that I did not guess the killer, kudos to those who did. The story gets going right from the beginning 5 people go to detention, but only 4 make it out alive. We get to live the lives through perspectives of the four survivors, the jock, the brain, the beauty, and the criminal. I really enjoyed this one, and fell in love with all the characters in the end. The ending will stick with me for some time.
The Plot: Five students of Bayview High meet for detention after school, there is Simon, the outcast, that run a gossip app exposing everybody’s secrets at school, Bronwyn, the brain, valedictorian looking to go to Yale, Addy, the beauty, who was homecoming queen, Cooper, the jock, already getting scouted from the Major Leagues, and Nate, the criminal, currently on probation and deals drugs. All are in detention for having cell phones in their bags that through conversation seems like they were set up. The conversation doesn’t last long as Simon goes into shock from a severe peanut allergy and dies. There’s a lot of mystery surrounding the death Simon was always careful and there was no peanuts in the room. The whole school gets a confession from an anonymous person that details how they killed Simon, with all the details from the room, knowing that the killer has to come from the room, it’s your job to find out which one is lying.
What I Liked: The characters are great and really make you care for each one. The twist ending is one of the better ones I have read in the Young Adult genre. I like that The twist made sense and was backed up with evidence, and really worked, I say bravo to McManus for pulling it off. The relationships were easy to get invested in, especially the one at the end, you really wanted to shout get over yourself. The LGTBQ storyline worked it kind was the same as Pretty Little Liars but with the media’s reaction to it as well. I liked that the group did form a bond with this even if they can’t totally trust each other.
What I Disliked: The dialogue was sometimes stale, don’t know if I ever bought in to the fact that Cooper was Southern.
Recommendations: This is just such a fun read. The story pulls off an incredible twist, and it makes you fall in love with the characters. Fans of Pretty Little Liars will enjoy the twist, turns, and drama. If you’re looking for an entertaining Young Adult mystery then this is the book for you. This book was pretty minimal on swear words, since some YA are filled with them this is in the low spectrum. I rated One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus 5 out of 5 stars. This book was between a 4 and a 5 but the fun factor pulled me to a 5.