Book Review: One of Us is Lying

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BOOK SYNOPSIS

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little LiarsOne of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide. 

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.

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.


The synopsis for One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus, details it as “Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars” and I will say that yes, that is 100% accurate, although I would add in a dash of Gossip Girl as well.

I thought the book was okay, and although I feel bad for giving books only three stars, I gave this book three stars on Goodreads. Maybe I watch too much true crime, but I expected it to be a bit darker. I also thought it was very predictable. I figured out the plot right from the beginning and when I found out I had been right all along, it kind of deflated the ending for me. However, I was surprised a little by one of the characters at the end. 

However, there are a couple of positives. I enjoyed Addy’s character development throughout the book, and was happy about her ending. To me, she was the one who had the most development as a character and I kept looking forward to her parts of the book more and more as the story went on.

Bronwyn is definitely the Spencer of the group for sure (for all of you PLL fans). She was constantly getting in the way of the investigation and wouldn’t let things go. Nate was the typical “bad boy but really a good hearted boy,” and all I could picture was Judd Nelson’s character, John Bender, in the Breakfast Club while I read. Cooper was meant to be portrayed like the typical jock, but his story broke my heart. 

I feel like this is my shortest book review to date, but that just goes to show I don’t really have much to say about it. I wish the plot had been thought out a little more. I was also expecting one of the the four to be more involved. Hoping more like it, because that would have made a better book in my eyes. 

Until next time!

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3 thoughts on “Book Review: One of Us is Lying

  1. I wasn’t a huge fan of this book either. It was alright, but I don’t really understand the hype. Great review! ❤

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