ONE OF US IS LYING – Karen M. McManus (Honest Review)

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McManus - One of Us is Lying ANZGenre: Young Adult – Thriller
Target Audience: 14+ 
Rating:
A (90%)
Goodreads Rating: 5/5

Goodreads description:
The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, One 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.
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.”

 

Warning: I recently re-read this book for my book club, therefore this review may miss some important points that I may have forgotten since initially reading the book.

 

What a story! I absolutely, without a doubt, love this book. It’s cute, its fun and most importantly, it expresses the value of having friendships and how terrible circumstances can draw the most unlikely characters together. This story is described as The Breakfast Club mixed with Pretty Little Liars, and I have to agree to a certain extent. The classic stereotypes in The Breakfast Club are seen from the very beginning. Hell, it’s written on the cover! But before you roll your eyes and walk away, you must know, these characters all have their own twist on these cliché roles and it’s just another wonderful aspect that improves this wonderful novel.

Throughout One of Us is Lying, updates keep appearing on Tumblr about everything that’s happening. Leaving you wondering, who is the murderer? Very similar to the question, who is A? And that’s really where it ends with the pop culture references.

My theory of ‘who killed Simon?’ had finalised by the mid-point of the book, and not once did it falter. Unfortunately, I was correct in my assumption. I wish that it hadn’t been so easy to figure out, and upon talking to others who have read the novel, they experience the same dilemma. In all honesty, it’s only a small dilemma. The book is still rather extraordinary even with that prediction. It may have not been a surprise, but there’s a large amount in this book that occurs that is a massive surprise.

I found myself loving every single character. Loving their quirks and their unique personalities. I loved watching the growth and change of each of the characters, watching as they grow into themselves, and honestly, I think that should be a huge part of the YA community. I think more books should embrace change and growing, because isn’t that what life is about? Especially in your teen years? Learning how the world spins.

I found the writing and the plot to be absolutely enthralling. I highly recommend anyone and everyone to pick up a copy of this book and just give it a go, because honestly? It jumps from the first page and you’ll find yourself enthusiastically joining the ride. A truly wonderful novel.

The break down of my rating:
Plot: 8/10
Characterisation: 9/10
Development:
 10/10
Style & Tone: 9/10
Enjoyment Factor: 9/10

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