One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus


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 police, 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.

I...sad. I think this book had SO MUCH potential. Then that last 25% just threw it in the garbage.

The first 75% was not perfect by any means; all the POVs sounded the same and there was a lot of worthless character drama. But I still really enjoyed it and was really excited to see who was lying. But [SPOILERS BELOW]:

NOPE. Instead, none of them did it and it was suicide. Are you kidding?!? I wanted a psychological thriller where one of them turned out to be an unreliable narrator. But I got insensitive cop out. Also, there was stupid relationship drama between Nate and Brownwyn for no reason! Because they got back together(ish) literally 15 pages later.

I was not a happy camper, to say the least. This book was becoming a four star read, and then it took a nosedive.

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