One of Us is Lying is an intense YA book by Karen McManus. It has been on my To Read list for over a year and I am very glad I finally made sure to read it. It is a fairly high paced thriller set in High School. Think of all the worst things about High School you can remember and now add onto that cell phones (cameras/videos) and Social Media. It makes high school in the 80s feel tame.
McManus does a magnificent job of capturing teen angst, insecurity, selfishness and immaturity. This book has been described as Breakfast Club and that is apropos in my opinion. The eclectic mix of student types that are all serving detention together sets the stage for a very strange occurrence. The reader then witnesses the ensuing chaos through the eyes of the different characters in the novel. These characters hit the stereotypes of high school and capture much of the emotions and concerns of a typical teenager.
It is easy to find oneself rooting for the unlikely heroes and relationships in this novel. The unlikely friendships that form are based on actually getting to know the real people, not just the outward stereotypes and appearances that are given off by a teen trying to fit into a certain role/group. The twists and turns are well written and feel very real and accurate. While I did suspect the outcome before it was revealed it still had some crazy twists that left me stunned. I am very excited to begin reading the next book in the series, One of Us is Next.
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Great thriller with YA romance and angst
I really enjoyed this book more than I expected to. It is definitely Breakfast Club meets social media. The story captures so much of high school accurately. No matter how much time has passed the drama is all the same. Only it’s amplified with social media and cell phones. The twists and turns are well done and I look forward to reading the next book
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