BOOK REVIEW | ONE OF US IS LYING, BY KAREN M. McMANUS

Title: One of Us is Lying

Author: Karen M. McManus

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: June 1, 2017

Genres: YA Contemporary, Mystery

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from Penguin NZ in exchange for a honest review.

Star rating:★★★★

Summary: Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule.

Sports star Cooper only knows what he’s doing in the baseball diamond.

Bad body Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime.

Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks in her perfect life.

And outsider Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won’t ever talk about any of them again.

He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it’s no accident. All of them are suspects.

Everyone has secrets, right?

What really matters is how far you’ll go to protect them.

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so many gossip girl vibes!!! istg, if you enjoyed gossip girl then you MUST read one of us is lying!

one of us is lying had be trying to sherlock holmes my way to the answer (which kept changing throughout the entire book!). i’ll have you know that my first guess on the killer was correct. (but i changed my mind so many damn times ugh)

i was kinda expecting something a little like pretty little liars, and so my thoughts were somewhat low when going into this book. i regret thinking so poor of such an amazing book. in all honesty, i hate it when books say “fans of *insert popular title here* would love this” (yet i proceed to do it myself…..), i find it either makes the reader too excited for the book and they end up disappointed; or having their opinions lowered, then reading it and finding out they actually loved it.

there wasn’t a lot of action/suspense in this book like i’d hoped. i thought that there’d be more investigating and possibly more murders, but there wasn’t. nonetheless, it was still an entertaining book to read.

i didn’t like half the characters. i’m not sure what it was, but only bronwyn and her sister felt remotely relatable. everyone else was annoying. and jake uGH. can he not?! people like him should stop existing.

all the characters have lovely arc’s. they all grow and become great characters towards the end (although i still didn’t like them that much — except addy). i think the characters would probably suit the target audience a lot more (i don’t tend to read a lot of ya contemporary, y’know?)

one of us is lying is a great book – you should add it to your tbr if you haven’t already. even if this isn’t your usual sort of read, it’s still worth it! it’s really fun and entertaining (everything you need in a book imo).

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  • This is one of my most anticipated books, so I am so glad to hear you enjoyed it so much. It sounds absolutely fantastic! Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! <3