One of Us is Lying Book Review

One of Us Is Lying (One of Us is Lying, #1)

Synopsis from Good Reads:

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.
AndSimon, 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.

*This is a spoiler free review!*


I heard a lot about this book before I decided I had to check it out. This book was very entertaining. I loved how the plot progressed and how the characters figured out who was behind Simon’s murder. But, honestly, looking back, I can’t tell you a lot that happened. This was definitely a character driven book and focused a lot on the four characters development, which then led back to solving the murder. It wasn’t driven by the plot, but the characters instead.

I think my biggest complaint about the book was that the climax wasn’t as big or dramatic as I hoped it would have been. The reveal was predictable and the climax was short and sweet. But I did enjoy the mystery and found the plot entertaining. It definitely wasn’t my favorite mystery, and from the hype around the book I thought it would be better, but I still loved reading it. I will say that the conclusion was satisfying. It felt good watching the characters figure out what happened before the police did and before the plan came to light.

The plot was well developed and fast paced. It was very entertaining and well thought out.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Four out of five stars for the plot!


Hands down the best part of this book was the characters. The mystery was good, but the characters were better. I loved their development and their personalities. Addy was my favorite character. I loved how she changed from this girl who was nothing more than her looks and an extension of her pretty, but very controlling, boyfriend to a badass who did what she wanted to. Her chapters were my absolute favorite to read. Also, I loved her relationship with her sister Ashton and her growing friendship with Bronwyn.

The characters and their changes throughout the book made it very much worth reading. Every character had a big change, all of them for the better. I cannot say enough good things about Addy, Bronwyn, Nate, and Cooper. They are fantastic and their development is even better.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Five out of five stars for the characters!

Writing Style:

I had never read a Karen McManus book before, but I definitely am going to be reading her other ones (including the sequel) ASAP! The writing style was perfect. It was funny, entertaining, and perfectly simple. The descriptions were clear and the dialogue was so good that at times it felt like I was actually watching real people talk and not reading a fictional book.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Five out of five stars for the writing style!


The book was great! The plot was fast moving, the twists were entertaining, and the characters were fantastic. I would recomend this book to anyone who likes character driven books, puzzling mysteries, and sassy teenage students.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Four and a half out of five stars! A great book!

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