KEERTHIKAH JEGATHEESAN

November 17, 2017

Rating: 4/5 stars

One of Us is Lying is a remake of The Breakfast Club with a modern and riveting twist on how extreme high school drama can be spread and taken for granted. Karen M. McManus writes about a group of high school seniors who have detention together. Bronwyn is the brain of this group and is bound for Yale. Addy is the beauty, one who would be picture-perfect as homecoming queen. Nate is the criminal who is on probation for drug dealing. Cooper is the all-star athlete and the next big thing in the MLB. Simon is the outcast and the master behind About That, Bayview High’s infamous gossip website. All is well, except Simon dies before detention ends, and apparently his death wasn’t an accident either. The next day, About That posts a plan to expose juicy secrets about the four classmates who saw his tragic death. Such an announcement would make them suspects to the murder of someone they barely knew. Could they be pawns of a killer who’s still on the loose?

Now, before you flip the page, I’d like to confirm myself that although the characters are based on stereotypes, they will surprise you by how much they don’t conform to the biases. This shock was one of the main reasons why I liked this book. As four people who weren’t really friends are brought together, every chapter reveals a bit of depth that will prompt you to give thanks for the existence of such character development. Also, if you are the kind of person who likes to believe that they are Sherlock Holmes, this book is perfect for you. I believe that I suspected almost all characters of being the murderer at least 3 times each. The fact that everyone in the book is extremely confused about what’s happening to them will make you even more confused as to why the characters are confused. Pretty confusing, I know.

Overall, this book is the absolute meaning of a mystery novel. I loved how the plot thickened as every page was turned. It was an addictive read due to its well-paced writing and interesting perspectives from all four characters. Because I am also very oblivious to clues, discovering who the murderer was left me mind blown and baffled for a good ten minutes. Moving past the serious stuff, you will also get your dose of romance, drama, and a glimpse of the high school life at Bayview High, which will make you tingle with joy. Underlying the plot is a suggestive lesson on how judging someone without knowing them on a personal level will give you the wrong view of who they truly are. I highly recommend this book to my fellow high schoolers who are into the YA and/or mystery genre and to anyone wanting to spice up their book taste.