‘One of us is Lying’ Was One Away From Winning The Rose

One of us is lying
‘One of Us is Lying’ by Karen M. McManus


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.”


Bronwyn, is that one student at school who’s in every club, on their way to an ivy league school and is about to be valedictorian. She is a hard worker and is doing everything in her power to get into Yale which will come back and bite her in the butt. She’s smart, ambitious and cares about her family, her sister more specifically. I liked Bronwyn most of the time. I liked how towards the end of the book she did everything in her power to help Nate but there were some times where she as pushy and acted like a know it all.

Nate, is the classic bad boy. His mom is bipolar and his dad is an alcoholic so he didn’t exactly have the best childhood. Out of everyone who was in the detention room Nate is the one the police think committed the murder because of his criminal background. Nate was ok. He was a player and I found it kind of annoying how he would say he liked Bronwyn but he would sleep around with another girl. All the characters are pretty cliché but as the book goes on you see them change from their cliché character as for Nate I saw him become more open and trusting of other people but you don’t see that side of him for a while. 

Addy, when I first started reading about her I didn’t really like her. She’s the popular girl with the cute boyfriend. Right from the first chapter you see how reliant she is on her boyfriend and that was kind of annoying. But after they broke up, she changed and became more independent and confident. She becomes feistier and doesn’t feel so self-conscious as she was when she was with her boyfriend. I definitely liked Addy a lot more towards the middle of the book.

Cooper, was probably my favorite character. He would be your popular jock with the pressuring dad but you see that there’s so much more to him and he faces his own identity problems. Cooper was nice, caring and not like some stuck up jock you see on tv.


The plot started off fast right from the first chapter. It starts off with Simon dying and immediately Bronwyn, Cooper, Nate and Addy are suspects in his murder. The book switches in between Bronwyn, Cooper, Addy and Nate’s point of view, which I liked because in the beginning they all had different perspectives over the murder and different opinions over each other. The plot slows down for a bit in the middle but it picks right back up again, especially when they start trying to figure out who the murderer is.


There were some relationships throughout the book. There was Nate and Bronwyn’s on-going attraction for each other, Addy and Jake with their toxic relationship that doesn’t last long and then Cooper and his secret love interest. The book focuses more on Bronwyn and Nate’s relationship, Addy getting over her breakup and then Cooper slowly getting into his relationship. Even though Bronwyn and Nate’s relationship was a little cliché with the bad boy and the good girl but it was sweet with their long phone calls and deep conversations. Towards the end of the book their relationship was rocky but it ends happily.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I rate this book a 4 out of 5. I liked all the characters and how they grew from their clichés. The plot was enjoyable but towards the end it got a little cliché on who the killer was. This book sadly is the next book to be kicked off the list. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed. 

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