Bee Reviews ONE OF US IS LYING by Karen McManus

Posted June 2, 2017 by Bee in Reviews / 14 Comments

Bee Reviews ONE OF US IS LYING by Karen McManus

One of Us Is Lying

by Karen McManus
Published on May 30th 2017
by Delacorte Press
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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.

2 Stars

I never like it when I see a comparison in a book blurb. Like this meets that in this blablabla. You get the point. This book was pitched as The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars. And, while accurate to some degree, I do not like this comparison. Because it set my expectations kind of high. I mean… The Breakfast Club is epic. This book, however… is most definitely not. One of Us Is Lying was, for the most part, a cliche wrapped in a bigger cliche with a bunch of stereotypes as main characters that I couldn’t care less about.

Before I go into all the things that I didn’t like, I want to be a bit positive and point out the stuff that did work for me. I actually like the general idea of this story. I mean, The Breakfast Club with a murder mystery? Yes, please. That sounds brilliant. I also like how it was plotted, kind of? Who ended up being the killer, I mean. It was just a smidge predictable but it was enough of a surprise for me. I also like that there was a teeny tiny bit of diversity, even though how it was executed was very cliche and also it was pushed to the side a bit too much in favor of the other stupid stuff.

There is SO much drama going on. It’s not even funny. And some of it was SO over the top and not realistic, it made Gossip Girl look like a reality show. That’s just me though. But seriously. So many drama and cliches and it frustrated me to no end because WHYYY???? What was even the point of it all? But who doesn’t love drama, am I right? RIGHT? No.

And I would’ve been fine with a cliche plot if the characters were awesome but they weren’t and it paaaiiined me. I hated them all and just… NO. The only one that I kind of found mildly interesting, especially after having read the whole book, is Simon. AND HE WAS KILLED IN CHAPTER 1. Whut even. Other than that… NO. Like, there were parents, but they were just… there?? Or horrible?? Or just standard parents that fit the stereotype that is their kid. Or siblings when it fit the plot. And side characters in school that were there for plot and drama reasons. No. Just no.

But there’s the main four of course. There’s “The Brain”, a pretty girl named Bronwyn. She’s the smart girl, the valedictorian, the one with the clean record and bla bla. SURPRISE. She develops a romance with “The Criminal” named Nate. Who comes from a crap family and is actually kind of nice. Never saw that one coming. There’s also the “Pretty Girl” Addy. Who has had the same boyfriend for years. (Who is a complete jackass, might I add.) And lastly “The Jock”, Connor. Who got not one, but two stereotype plots for himself. They were all so standard and there was no depth to them and nothing that made me root for any of them. And by the end everything wrapped up nicely and it was all rainbow and sunshine. It all felt very anticlimactic.

There’s also romances thrown in that I didn’t care for so whatever. Every book needs romance these days, right? No. Also there were 4 POV’s but they were all so familiar that sometimes I had to go to the start of the chapter to check which POV I was in because I had no clue.

My main problem with One of Us Is Lying was that I just didn’t feel anything. For anything or anyone. I didn’t care. Simple as that. I liked a few aspects of the book but mostly I was bored and wanted to bang my head against the wall. So this wasn’t for me. But hey, I’m being a black sheep because it has mostly 4 and 5 star ratings on Goodreads so. Check it out if it sounds like something you’d like.


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14 responses to “Bee Reviews ONE OF US IS LYING by Karen McManus

  1. Aww bummer! I really liked the sound of this one, but I think you are right. When books are described as “Breakfast Club” meets “pretty Little Liars” (or something equally as epic), it gets you hopes way up. It always seems like they fail to live up to expectations. Sorry you didn’t enjoy this one more. Great honest review!

  2. Aww sad. I am sorry! I don’t like comparisons either, so I totally get that. It is never the same- nor do I want it to be, really. So it’s almost lose-lose? I hate that there’s a lot of drama, too- that is one thing I was hoping this didn’t have, so it’s unfortunate to hear that it does. And if you can’t connect to the characters on top of it… yikes. Great review, sorry it didn’t work out for you!

  3. Wow, Bee. This sucks big time. I was slightly interested in this book and came close to requesting it, but the more I read the description, the more uninterested I felt so I never looked back again. I really don’t like comparisons either. They set your expectations so high, even when you try to lower them just in case. I’m so not going to read this one at all. Great review, Bee!
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