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Monday, February 17, 2020

Review: One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus @DelacortePress @writerkmc #bravethebacklist

One of Us is Lying
by Karen M. McManus

Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publish Date: May 30, 2017
361 Pages
Series: One of Us is Lying #1
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery

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.

My Review:

I have been wanting to read this for a while now - and nothing lights a fire under your reading butt than having a few people to buddy read with! You've probably seen the comparisons around but yes yes... it really is like Breakfast Club meets Gossip Girl (sorry, never watched Pretty Little Liars).  And all of this just makes me so very happy. 

I just love me some YA - and couple that with mystery, intrigue and characters I understood - well, this is just a win win for the likes of me.  I did figure it out fairly early on... or rather, I had my suspicions and was RIGHT! WoOt!  But there was a couple small things I raised an eyebrow to.  I have a favorite couple and it was fun to see these characters grow from page one to the last.  While we start with the stereotypical teens in their set places of high school (the brain, athlete, etc.), we end up finding layers of humanity within each of them that surprisingly made them complex characters.

Some tough subjects were addressed in this read which I think will make for some interesting reviews depending on how people related to some of the subject manner.  In my opinion, I think it was handled well... don't want to say much as to not spoil the book.  All things considered, this was a fun, although slightly dark, read that's easy to binge.  I became engaged with these characters and thought the story came together brilliantly.  Book Two is on my bookcart and I can't wait to see what happens next!


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