One of Us Is Lying

One of Us Is Lying

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"When the creator of a high school gossip app mysteriously dies in front of four high-profile students, all four become suspects. It's up to them to solve the case"--
Publisher: New York :, Delacorte Press,, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781524714680
1524714682
Branch Call Number: TEEN FICTION McManus Karen
TEEN MYSTERY McManus Karen
Characteristics: 360 pages ; 22 cm

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When the creator of a high school gossip app mysteriously dies in front of four high-profile students, all four become suspects. It's up to them to solve the case.

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JCLChrisK Mar 14, 2020

A real page-turner with a strong cast of real, relatable characters. For appeal and popularity, this gets all the stars. I never wanted to put it down.

When the creator of a high school gossip app mysteriously dies in front of four high-profile students, all four become suspects. It's up to them to solve the case

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JCLAbbeyL Apr 29, 2019

Five students walk into detention on a Monday, but only four walk out. Simon’s death is suspicious, and the following day, his gossip blog planned to spill the juicy secrets of each of their personal lives. Bronwyn is a brain, and would never break a rule. Addy is a homecoming queen, gorgeous and... Read More »

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JCLMeganK Oct 04, 2018

I listened to the audio of this book, and loved it. First, I think there is something to be said about the type of book that takes four characters from different cliques, explores their backgrounds, and shows that we are all really not too different. Each character had their own story, so the rea... Read More »


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alexqise
Feb 21, 2021

One day, Bronwyn Rojas, Addy Prentiss, Cooper Clay, Nate Macauley, and Simon Kelleher are all brought to detention for having their cell phones in their bags. They all have to write an essay about why social media is ruining teens. Simon can’t find his water bottle and pours himself a glass of water from the sink. At that moment, a car crash brings all the students to the classroom window except one. They turn around and see that Simon has fallen to the ground, suffering an allergic reaction. All the -in the nurse’s office are gone, and Simon dies. All four of the students left are suspects for his murder. This fictional murder mystery is a great novel full of suspense and twists that will leave readers astonished.

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ciyer24
Feb 15, 2021

Karen M. McManus’s young adult, mystery, and suspense novel, One of Us Is Lying has a very gripping storyline. Out of five high school students in detention, only four come out, which means that someone has committed a murder. This book emphasizes friendship and family. Something that I really like about the book is that it is a good mix of romance and mystery and that there’s a surprising ending. Lastly, the book sends a message that although people may have done bad deeds in the past, they learn from their mistakes. I would recommend this to anyone who likes mystery, young-adult novels.

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cayetanavelasco
Jan 28, 2021

One Of Us is Lying Book Review
Rating: 4/5 stars
Ages: 13+

One of Us is Lying written by Karen M. McManus, is the story of 5 high school students who enter together into detention, and witness a tragic death; only 4 students walk out alive. The main plot follows the four other students who were in detention; Bronwyn Rojas, the class valedictorian who aspires to attend Yale, Addy Prentiss, the homecoming queen and popular girl in high school, Nate Macauley, the typical "bad boy" in probation for dealing drugs, and Cooper Clay, the star baseball player. They are all involved as suspects in the mysterious death of Simon Kelleher, creator of "About That", the highschool's gossip blog, which is revealed to not be an accident. Each one of them tries to clear their name, but they are all hiding something... Who commited the murder? Read "One of Us is Lying" to find out the truth behind Simon's death.

From my personal opinion, I believe that this was a very suspenseful, mysterious, and shocking book. It's definitely a quick and easy read, with a very interesting plotline, and a thrilling ending, which in my case, I could figure out by the end of the book. What I enjoyed the most was the relationship between Bronwyn and Nate, which was certainly very well developed. I feel that the way in which the book is narrated, from the points of view of the four main characters, is very effective towards our understanding of the identity and personality of each of them.

I would recommend this book to people who enjoy reading suspense/mystery YA novels. This is definitely a good read, and you will not be disappointed by the exciting ending!

ChinesaR_KCMO Jan 12, 2021

The plot of this story is pretty simple on the surface- five students report for detention, but only four leave alive. The mystery revolves around what happened in detention that day, whether what happened was a tragic accident, or something far more sinister...
One of the aspects I really liked about the story was the different characters. Each character really feels like someone you could find at any high school, but instead of being just a walking stereotype, each character is well-rounded, having a full personality as well as dark secrets of their own. It really goes to show that no one is fully what they seem.
The story is told from alternating viewpoints, covering the four students from detention who are the prime suspects. While each claims their own innocence, they begin to suspect everyone around them as a potential killer. In each viewpoint we find different clues, eliminating some suspects while bringing forward others. They are uncovering the clues at the same time we are, making the reveal at the end a surprise for everyone involved.

LoganLib_Zoe Jan 03, 2021

What a crazy book! I enjoyed reading every moment of it and I couldn’t believe half the stuff that came up. The author wrote it like you could guess at things but they turned out to be something so different. I’m glad that after everything, they all stayed as a group of awesome friends and the endings to each person's story was even better.

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mishraneetika
Dec 28, 2020

"One of Us is Lying" is about the mysterious death of a student, Simon, who had a lot of enemies as he ran the school's gossip app. This book is recommended for ages 14+. Simon dies during detention, in which four other polar opposite students were present. There was Bronwyn Rojas, the school nerd, Nate Macauley the "bad boy", Cooper Clay the baseball player, and Addy Prentis the popular girl. Each of them has their personal secrets exposed by Simon and are suspects in his murder. The entire book is dedicated to finding out who truly killed Simon. Was it the four who were in detention with him, or was someone framing them? The book is definitely captivating, and in fact, when I started reading I couldn't put it down until I finished it! It has a lot of twists and turns which definitely make the book worth reading. I would definitely recommend "One of Us is Lying"!

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bookwormaddie
Dec 02, 2020

Five Bayview High School students are in detention. Little did they know only 4 would come out alive. A high school drama book with a little murder mystery mixed in. Intriguing read that leaves you on the endless of your seat (or really comfortable reading chair in my case). I could not put this one down and probably finished it in 2 days. I found the characters to be really raw and realistic which is sometimes hard to find in teen drama books these days. Probably at one point or another I suspected each character until the big plot twist at the end. Can’t wait to read One of Us is Next!

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cgking
Nov 23, 2020

its me.

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taeyunericakang
Nov 22, 2020

One of Us is Lying Book Review
5 stars
ages 15-17
When four seniors enter detention, Simon, the writer of a gossip page, is already waiting for them. When detention starts, there are five people, but by the end, there are only four who are breathing. With Simon gone, everyone becomes suspicious of the four others who are left, Bronwyn, Addy, Cooper and Nate. Starting the next day, they are immediately questioned by the police and their principal. With different backgrounds for each individual, they are faced with the challenges of senior year, as well as a murder case on their hands. With their peers constantly whispering, and authorities constantly interrogating, the four have no option but to stick together. As the year goes on, the mystery behind Simon’s murder only deepens, and explanations are led astray. Soon, there are Tumblr posts exposing certain people of their past actions, and the four seniors feel fear towards what could possibly happen next. Unexpected friendships are made, and new experiences occur everyday. And at one point, the police even have one of the four arrested, and it is solely up to the other three to get him out. The four know that they are innocent. But does anyone else? The twist of the ending will have you thinking you had everything figured out just to reveal that maybe you didn’t. I recommend this book to people who enjoy mysteries and crime stories. I really enjoyed how the author was able to tie everyday life as a student, with such a deep and somewhat dark situation. Due to this, the story becomes something that we can relate to even though it is a situation most of us have never dealt with. It also allows us to be able to understand things from different perspectives in different situations, and teaches us to be understanding of others.

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sofieinspace
Nov 16, 2020

OK. I walked into a bookstore, wandering into the Young Adult section, saw the title, and was immediately hooked.
This is a great book and definitely recommended. However, I think it's really only for 14 and older.
I loved, loved, loved, the sweet romantic relationship between two of the main characters who you wouldn't believe would ever have feelings for each other.
This is a very entertaining book and is a single-sitting read. The murder plot is good as well, did actually keep me guessing until I saw an online review that spoiled the murderer. The drama in the book is good, too.

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In the case of the murder plot, the title of the book is extremely misleading.

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Other: Mental problems

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Coarse Language: Swearing

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Frightening or Intense Scenes: Sexual abuse

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Sexual Content: sex

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kaitoryn
Aug 10, 2020

[...] if anyone knows how badly you can screw up your life when you decide you aren’t good enough, it’s me.

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Hallieisabookworm
Jan 03, 2019

''I'm the omniscient narrator."

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Geraldine9
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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