Published by Delacorte Press on May 30th 2017
Pages: 368 pages
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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.
One of Us is Lying started out as a confusing read with many point of views that I wasn’t sure I’d enjoyed. Since all the featuring characters are stereotypical, cliched teens it made it easy to remember who’s who. As the novel progressed, however, their flaws developed into something more, which made them stand out from being stereotypical. This book reminded me that, fiction or not, everyone isn’t perfect. In fact 85% times when I read teen novels I tend to forget that teens have their own problems despite them being the hero and saving the world. I don’t know…I guess I just want the characters to be perfect because I’m not. And in my mind heroes are often perfect, which is a bit unreasonable thinking but I do often get frustrated when they make the wrong choices and I’m like gah! Not that way you idiot! Which I’m pretty sure I made some stupid choices when I was a teen. This is what made these character feel realistic and sympathetic in this novel.
I didn’t care for a lot of the characters to be honest. Some, like Cooper, was just really uninteresting and unnecessary. I wasn’t sure whose point of view I enjoyed reading more, but I liked seeing Browyn and Nate’s relationship grew throughout the novel. Also, I liked how despite these characters grew up with each other they don’t really know much about each other until Simon’s death brought them together. It was also interesting to see that the parents are the more judgmental characters than the kids. As for the mystery part of the novel…I felt like it lacked something. Even after I finished the novel something just didn’t sit with me and I think it all came down to how. The why was pretty obvious, but how is the part that left me with questions that I’m not sure if it was explained and I read through it quickly or it was intentionally left out. I was really excited about ten chapters down, but then overall stopped caring about whodunit the rest of the novel. It sucks to be pointing fingers, but I liked that even though everyone accusing and suspecting the detention kids having to do with Simon’s death the characters formed an unlikely bond together. It was intriguing to see how one tiny situation can turn into a big problem.