Review: One of Us is Lying | Karen McManus

“I don't know why it's so hard for people to admit that sometimes they're just assholes who screw up because they don't expect to get caught.”

Book Info

Genre: Young Adult Mystery
Number of Pages: 361
Perspective: First Alternating
Location: Bayview, CA

Five students are in detention. Only four come out alive. Everyone has their secrets, and at least one is definitely lying. For a complete summary, you can go here.

Book Review

TL;DR: This is a must-read for a murder-mystery twist on The Breakfast Club.

Rating: 5/5

Full Review: I have to admit that I waited WAY too long to write this review after finishing this book, so I don’t have a ton to say. I love when I find multiple binge-readable books in a row! [My sleep does not appreciate it as much.] But the problem is that I read a bunch of books without stopping to review them. So my reviews got a little backed up and I’m left with all my initial thoughts disappearing.

Here are my main thoughts. I loved that the author compared it to The Breakfast Club turned murder mystery because I definitely got that feeling. I even got a season one Riverdale vibe. I tried to guess the ending and one of my early guesses was correct, but there were a few tricks along the way that kept me questioning myself.

I do want to point out that I know there are some complaints about how she handled mental illness. I thought it was appropriate for the story. But I'll give a trigger warning now for mental health-related trauma.

We started off the book with the stereotypical roles: jock, nerd, burnout, outcast, beauty. It could have tanked from there, but I really loved the character development and that everyone was a lot more complex than they initially seemed to be. I usually don’t like romantic subplots, but I kinda loved this one. I could really picture this book being turned into a movie or Netflix mini-series [a la Thirteen Reasons Why].

I highly recommend this book and I gave it my Best Book Award. I’m so excited to read her new release Two Can Keep a Secret. [Not a sequel, as far as I can tell.] If you are interested in buying this book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think!

My Rating

5 star

“I know what it's like to tell yourself a lie so often that it becomes the truth.”

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