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One of Us Is Lying

(One of Us Is Lying #1)

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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.

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.
Kindle Edition, 360 pages
Published May 30th 2017 by Delacorte Press
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Chelsea Humphrey
What a marvelous, delectable read! There was something so addictive about this book; it felt at times distinctly young adult while also having moments that felt so well done it was beyond the stereotype of what a teenage thriller tends to be. It’s taken me 4 days just to collect my thoughts to the point that I can attempt writing a proper review, and I’m certain this will be one of the most talked about books in the YA genre this Spring/Summer season. My issues with this book were minor, and I’l ...more
Trina (Between Chapters)
Content warning: Harmful representation of sexuality and mental illness.

This book was such a disappointment because I was REALLY enjoying it up until the last 3rd or so. I seriously thought this would be a 4 or 5 star read. However, upon finishing, I strongly believe that this book should not have been published as is. It's ignorant and damaging.

Aside from the parts that I found harmful, the writing was very trope heavy and relied on too many stereotypes for character development. I didn't think
destiny ♡ howling libraries
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Larry H
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'd give this 4.5 stars.

If One of Us Is Lying was a television series, I would binge-watch it wholeheartedly. It's been a while since I've gotten so into a book I've devoured the majority of it in one sitting when I haven't been on a plane. This hooked me completely, and I'm surprised how much I liked it.

Five students have detention one afternoon. There's Cooper, the golden boy and star baseball player trying to decide between college and the major leagues; Bronwyn, the class valedictorian w
Charlotte May
‘Everybody’s got secrets,’ he says. ‘Right?’

THIS BOOK!! You guys, I thought this book was brilliant! So many great elements all thrown together.

- murder mystery
- high school drama
- secrets, both big and small
- suspicion

I love a murder mystery anyway, but this one was made better as I cared about the 4 kids who were suspects.

The star of the baseball team harbouring a huge secret.
The Prom Queen who has never been able to find herself as a separate person from her long term boyfriend.
The re
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 to 4.5 Stars

Every time I walk into the living room my wife is watching Pretty Little Liars or Revenge or Riverdale or Veronica Mars or . . . well, you get the idea. Sometimes I watch a bit with her. As I started this book I immediately thought “this book will be perfect for her – it’s the same type of thing”!

So, if you like those shows, books like those shows, books those shows are based on, etc., then this is the book for you. While not the most complex mystery I have read, it is quite a bit
Miranda Reads
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
4.5 stars

It concerns me you’re avoiding a promise not to murder me.
One Monday afternoon, five teens walk into detention. Only four walk out.
You find out who your real friends are when stuff like this happens. Turns out I didn’t have any…
Simon, the school outcast, dies from a peanut reaction and considering the method he ingested the peanuts...the eyes of the world turn on the other four.

Bronwyn, Addy, Nate and Cooper each have a secret that they are desperate to keep and they
megs_bookrack ((is on vacation))
Five kids, one room, one mysterious death and endless possibilities. ((dun dun dunnnn))

One of Us Is Lying is the classic set-up for one of my favorite Mystery subgenres: the locked-room.

I love Locked-Room Mysteries on a level that borders on the unhealthy. We're talking next level obsessed. I will pick up any that come my way!

They're so nostalgic for me, bringing back memories of family games of Clue, watching Murder, She Wrote with my Mom and binge-reading Agatha Christie books while on summer
Surprise, surprise.
I hated it.

Even if I ignore or push aside the clearly problematic elements of this book, the characters are cliche and the mystery is predictable, making this a very mediocre novel indeed.

One of Us Is Lying follows four teenagers who watched their classmate Simon die in front of their eyes due to an allergic reaction. Addy, the princess. Nate, the bad boy. Bronwyn, the nerd. Cooper, the jock. Four teen drama stereotypes in one room. One dead person. And one mystery.

Most of
Elyse  Walters
More addicting than lays potato chips! Well, I can't remember the last time I've eaten lays potato chips. Do they still make them?

My 5 stars are for pure page-turning enjoyment. I LOVED "The Breakfast Club" ---(my kids watched it a half dozen times too) ---and this was The Breakfast Club on steroids!

Moral of the story: All kids lie! haha!
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
”Six hours and five minutes from then we were heading to detention. An hour later, he died.
Seventeen years, gone just like that.”

Six people
A detention room
A cup of water
1 teacher
5 students
4 students
1 dead body

This is the recipe this book was made of and since I enjoyed solving the murder mystery I decided that I won’t go into detail all too much.
This is the kind of book in which you get four POVs and have as much information as the characters that talk about the happenings. You have to guess w
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

I'm going to go ahead and leave this at a 4 star. I wasn't sure between 3 and 4 because it's one of those books that was driving me crazier than I am. I couldn't put the book down and wanted to smack everyone in the book!

Major players:


They all go to detention and one dies. Why?

There are lies and evilness all around! Stupidity and sadness.

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
♛ may
I’m always so hesitant with thrillers bc they’re always a hit or miss for me buT DAMN THIS WAS SO GOOD


Things that this Book will Bless your Life with
- Friendship
- A precious boy who deserves the world
- Writing so addictive you’re willing to let your tea go cold for it
- A mystery that will have you punching pillows to solve
- 4 kids with different personalities, backgrounds that will FOR SURE have yo
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
3.75 A mystery/murder breakfast club!
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a huge fan of "The Breakfast Club", I loved the concept of five characters with different personalities meeting in detention from the get go, and I'm incredibly happy to report that my high expectations were even exceeded!
(By the way, besides the detention-concept, the story is completely different from "The Breakfast Club", so you don't need to fear that this is some cheap knockoff!)

All the main characters get introduced within a few pages right at the beginning. I often find this rather pr
3.35/5 ⭐

Full review on my Blog: The Dacian She-Wolf

Hmm, okay so.
“The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars” was somehow a fair description for the general, overall idea of this book in the beginning but then (thank god) it wasn’t entirely like that. Which I appreciate because, you know, I like sparks of differences here and there.

Originality is sexy and it works even in small doses.

This wasn’t entirely original, I think I’ve heard of some other handful of stories similar, but it was entertain
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book should be called All of Us Are Liars.

One of Us Is Lying was fasted paced, fun, and very addictive. Once I picked this book up I could not put it down. It also served as a pallet cleanser after The Handmaid's Tale. I needed something fun and lighter in tone(yes I know its about the murder of a teenager).

At about 100 pages in I developed a theory about who was behind the crime and it turns out I was right. All my years of watching SVU, Criminal Minds, and 48 Hours have not been in vain.
Always Pouting
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
It sounds like the Breakfast Club with five teenagers, all from different groups, stuck together in detention. Yet things are off from the start, all of the kids claim that the cellphones that landed them there didn't belong to them. When one of them suddenly collapses from an anaphylactic attack, things get even stranger. Now Simon, the boy who had that anaphylactic attack, is dead and everyone in the room is a suspect when the tox screen comes back and it becomes clear that someone purposefull ...more
Nilufer Ozmekik
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-thriller
This is mostly Breakfast Club meets Riverdale crossover Heathers!
It’s fast, entertaining, whodunnit reading. I took Olivia Pope menu during my reading (lots of popcorn and gallons of red wine)
Now I’m all set for second book! Cheers🍷🍿

Drcong O '
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, young-adult
Is this what AKLDSBSAJL;FRSFWHATTHEFUCKJUSTHAPPENED??? feels like? Because I think I just experienced that shit, dude.

My heart is literally beating so fast from this thrill and mystery and feels fulfilled with something heavy called satisfaction. I haven't been so content and had screamy feels over a thriller since Dangerous Girls, which was 213324 decades ago.

Tbh, it's so hard to find a thriller that literally has you on the edge of your seat, biting your nails, screaming at and suspecting ev
✨ A ✨
It's been a while since I've read a good YA mystery. And gosh am I glad that I finally picked this one up.

First chapter and BOOM! I was sucked in.

What I loved:
• the mystery and suspense element was top notch 👌.
• the characters were so interesting to read about. At first they all seemed to fit their respective labels - the geek; the princess; the golden boy and the badboy criminal. Pretty straight forward right? But delving into each of their lives we see that there is more to each of them. An
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
detective jessica, human lie detector, reporting for duty!

i got to the bottom of this and figured it out pretty easily early on, but that didnt detract from the story in the slightest. initially, i was worried this was going to be too much like the breakfast club meets murder she wrote but, other than the student stereotypes, this wasnt like that at all and i was so glad.

i loved how entertaining this was. i appreciated the little twists and turns, here and there, that kept me on my toes whilst i
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Everybody's got secrets," he says. "Right?"

This book was a pleasant surprise! It was refreshing and a change from the usual young-adult contemporary.

Bronwyn, Nate, Cooper, and Addy are suspects for murdering the school's gossiper, Simon. When the 5 of them were in detention, the last thing they expect is for Simon to drop dead... Unless one of them planned the whole thing.

The story is told from their POVs. The nerd, the bad boy, the jock, and the princess are the most common high school s
Dannii Elle
First Read: April 2017, Rating: 4 stars
Second Read: November 2020, Rating: 4 stars

After a typical day in a typical American high school, five teenagers enter detention but only four make it out alive. Simon, notorious due to his gossip-style blog that revealed all the dark and dirty secrets his fellow students never thought would see the light of day, had made many enemies. But which one would want to see him dead? Which one of them is lying?

The multiple perspectives all provided their own angle
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

“Some people are too toxic to live. They just are.”

Welcome to detention, where a princess, a jock, a brain, a criminal and . . . a gossip???? Wait, that’s not historically accurate . . . . .

Have all earned a spot for violating one of the most serious rules of high school: NO PHONES IN CLASS. They’ve done the crime, now they have to do the time as well as write a 500 word essay about how technology is ruining American high schoo
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
You had me at.... it starts out like The Breakfast Club...I mean yes! Bring it on. Now I am left wondering what took me so long to pick up this book. I loved it. I think I was hesitate to read it due to it being classified as YA and I really have not read many YA. That might have to change!

Bayview High...detention...be there! The Breakfast Club vibe is strong when we start out with a rather unlikely group of kids meeting for detention. This is not your typical bunch of kids that frequent such p
Recently, I started watching How to Get Away with Murder. Because I am totally untrendy and if by some trick of nature I am somehow participating in something that people at large appreciate, I must do so four years too late in order to keep the world running and not break fundamental laws of world operation, probably.

It’s a very entertaining show! Twisty and turny. Very dark. I’ve gasped a few times. Viola Davis is a national treasure.

That show is a lot better than this book.

It, like this book,
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
5 Stars!

“Unless one of us is lying. Which is always a possibility.”

Oh me oh my, this book was not what I expected at all.
I hadn't looked into the plot too much so I was going in half blind in a way.
I was thinking this would be The Breakfast Club 2.0.
But I was wrong.
I thought this was going to be yet another YA Contemporary novel with predictable plots.
But I was wrong.

This book was so gripping and I flew through the pages like it was no tomorrow.
From start to finish I was on the edge of my seat
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-reads, 2018
5 Students walk into detention. A few minutes later 1 of them is dead. Who killed Simon?

I've been wanting to read One of Us is Lying for awhile now. I am a hug fan of tv shows like Riverdale and Pretty Little Liars and teen movies like Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Mean Girls, Can't Buy Me Love, Scream, etc. I could go on & on. It's pretty bad - I can't flip through the channels and see any of those on without watching. Therefore, it's no surprise that this book seemed like a perf
Caro (Bookaria)
I loooooved and devoured this book!

Once I started this book it was very hard to put down.

Five high school students end up in detention one day, one of them does not make it out alive and we are left with the questions about what happened, who did it and why.

The plot is told from the different points of views of each of the four students that survived detention and the journey and unraveling of this mystery was awesome.

It was fun, cute, suspenseful and overall great!
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“I stand and hold out my hand. She gives me a skeptical look, but takes it and lets me pull her to her feet. I put my other hand in the air. 'Bronwyn Rojas, I solemnly swear not to murder you today or at any point in the future. Deal?'
'You're ridiculous,' she mutters, going even redder.
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