Teen Reads

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One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus : a review by Tessa

One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus : a review by Tessa

Posted by Elisa on January 21, 2021

Hi, I’m Tessa and I am a new student page at the L.E. Shore Library. I am writing a book review on the book “One Of Us Is Lying” by Karen M. McManus. This book is the first book in a series of three books.

The book “One Of Us Is Lying” is about a group of four high school students who were framed for murder. Each character had a reputation; Bronwyn was the smart one, Cooper was the jock, Addy was the princess, and Nate was the criminal. Each student takes turns being the narrator of the book.

The book starts out with five students who were in detention one day for having cellphones in their bags. About halfway through detention, the students were distracted by a car crash outside. Meanwhile, one of the five students, Simon, drank a cup of water laced with peanut oil. Simon was severely allergic to peanuts, and died. The four other students were then questioned about his murder. They all had a reason to want Simon dead, because he had a gossip column called ‘About That’ where he told all the latest gossip at their school, Bayview High. Simon had always been depressed and felt like an outsider in his school and life. All the murder suspects had secrets that they did not want to get out, and he was just about to release gossip about those four students. Surprisingly, after Simon’s death, the gossip was still released, but nobody knew who released it. The four suspects did not believe it was one of them who murdered Simon, so they worked together to try to solve the case. In doing so, they became quite close friends.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery and suspense. It’s fun to try to solve the mystery of Simon’s death at the same time as the characters, and see if you get it right! It is an intense book and once you start reading it, it’s hard to stop!

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