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One Of Us Is Lying de Karen McManus
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One Of Us Is Lying (edició 2017)

de Karen McManus (Autor)

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"When the creator of a high school gossip app mysteriously dies in front of four high-profile students all four become suspects. It's up to them to solve the case"--
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Títol:One Of Us Is Lying
Autors:Karen McManus (Autor)
Informació:Puffin (2017), 240 pages
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Es mostren 1-5 de 182 (següent | mostra-les totes)
Boring and predictable. I didn't like any of the characters and the ending was kind of dumb. 2 stars (instead of just 1) because it started off interesting. ( )
  ninagl | Jan 7, 2023 |
So, to be frankly honest, I didn’t really enjoy this book. I felt my major gripe with it was the characters. They are just so boring and one note, and of my 13 years of living on this planet, I’ve seen the exact same “Bronwyns” and “Addys” in a gazillion forms of media. This would have been a much better read if the characters were less stereotypical and more diverse. People are more than just “liking sport” or being a “prom queen”. If you asked me to describe Cooper’s personality in this book, the only thing I can tell you is that “he plays baseball”. Personally, they just weren’t fleshed out enough for me to really connect with them, as I have done in many other books.

As for the plot, things could have been better. Early on in the book, I knew no one was lying. It seems pretty obvious when the book is written from multiple character’s perspectives! Part of the fun I have in mystery books is assuming the role of the detective and trying to solve the mystery itself. 9 times out of 10, I don’t solve it. and that’s a good thing. The thrill of actually working to solve it and then getting shocked at the twist is the fun part, and I didn’t get that with this book.

However, this book wasn’t bad. I am still awarding it 3 stars because it was just average. It isn’t like I absolutely hated it and couldn’t finish it! I particularly enjoyed the beginning part of the book, but once I got stuck into it, I struggled a little because of the things outlined above.

I think lots of people will like this, but I am just in the minority of not liking it! Personally, I much preferred the “A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder” series more than this one. ( )
  ameliaavery | Dec 29, 2022 |
3.5 stars, but rounding down this time

This book grew on me. I started it on audio and quickly developed a eye-rolling dislike for Bronwyn and Nate, and their inevitable romance. Sometimes the reader’s performance of a character skews my reaction, and that might have been the case here, but I also didn’t like the superior attitude she and Nate had toward Cooper and Addy at the beginning.
It was tough to like or care about these kids at first, or rather, it was tough to accept their stereotypical portrayals, even though I could see the author was going to gradually reveal their layers. I rolled my eyes at that too and probably would have dumped this, had it not been a Teen Book Club book.
But each character gradually won me over despite my attitude, and I was even shipping Nate and Bronwyn by the end although I thought the extra drama after Nate was released from juvie was unnecessary.
It helped that I ditched the audio and picked up the book about halfway through. By that point, the mystery had sucked me in, and I was starting to care about these rotten kids. I blew through the rest of the book in one sitting. So, even though the twist was one of two possibilities I had predicted I never know whether to congratulate myself for figuring it out, or if that means the author isn’t being tricky enough. I did not call the Jake element, but I don’t think it added anything to the story. We already hated that douche, and I don’t think Simon would have needed an accomplice, at least for the Tumblr posts. I would think those could have been scheduled., and I figured out some other things—but had a big fat wrong prediction too about one secret—I enjoyed the ride to the end.
I really liked Addy’s transformation and that she didn’t get together with TJ, the frankness among the main characters was refreshing, and the structure and pacing of the reveals was good. The sisterly bonds were nice too.
It was certainly a page-turner for me, and while it didn’t blow my mind, I thought it was a decent mystery. I also liked the portrayal of how misconceptions form convictions and attitudes that just aren’t fair or true.
I would recommend, but would probably feel the need to warn people to give it time at the start.


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  Harks | Dec 17, 2022 |
It's easy to see why this book is so popular, although it was a little disappointing to me, likely because I walked in expecting adult-level thrills and suspense from a YA book. Don't get me wrong, this book was good, but it was also trope-heavy, and I definitely would've been more engaged with it if I had read it when I was a teenager. ( )
  margarft | Dec 16, 2022 |
One of Us is Lying, and it’s the title. It’s also, to some degree, the marketing gimmick indicating that this novel is a thing like The Breakfast Club. Yes, there’s a “jock,” a “nerd,” etc. but the story neither takes place over the course of detention nor does it offer the same satisfying result: these folks realizing there is more to themselves and each other than their stereotypes. That was what was so iconic about the John Hughes movie, and why it has stood the test of time. This book offers nothing but a close-up of teens circa 2017 who are obsessed with tech, their reputations, and their budding juvenile relationships.

On the upside, this is a well-written book. Easy to breeze through if you’re into teen melodrama ala Gossip Girl or Thirteen Reasons Why. If you’re looking for mystery, and particularly if you’re not into clichés or tropes, you might want to steer clear. I’m a hardboiled, noir, procedural reader by nature, so reading this goes against my grain. I am, however, ridiculously in love with the nostalgia of the 1908s and true-crime, which is why when I heard Breakfast Club with murder I had to get this book.

Only it’s not really a murder mystery.

Simon, the gossip, has a website, About That, which details the transgressions of his high school classmates, four of whom unexpectedly find themselves in detention the day Simon dies from peanut-related anaphylaxis.

My first peeve with this book is the set-up: four “good” teens land in detention due to contraband cell phones planted in their backpacks. In what police state do teachers have the right to search personal belongings without cause? These kids had no idea where the phone came from, weren’t using them, and yet, here they are, in detention together because of a technophobic teacher.

Next, I’m probably overanalyzing the whole anaphylaxis angle, but my background is medicine so hear me out… Simon drinks the peanut oil-tainted water, triggering a life-threatening allergic reaction. One of the kids goes to the nurse’s office for an EpiPen, only to find they’re all missing. Granted, my kids graduated in 2013, but prescription medications, and an EpiPen does require a prescription, would be under lock and key, assigned for one student’s use only. There would not be a store of these expensive items, and no one would be able to steal them. Setting that aside, EMS arrived to treat Simon before he was dead. Why on earth wouldn’t they have epinephrine? Anyway, Simon is dead, and there’s then talk that someone put peanut oil in the water supply? What the what? That explanation is beyond me.

The story unfolds in each of four points of view, none of which pertain, specifically, to Simon’s murder. Rather, the Bayview Four, as the detention-goers are named by the media, are revealed along with the information Simon knew about them.

There’s a lot of talk about great hair and dreamy eyes and hook-ups; teen drinking and debauchery; girls crying in bathrooms; girls getting their periods, or cheating on tests and their boyfriends, and lying to their friends about pretty much whatever they’re ashamed of. There’s some sneaking around and lying to the parents, and of course, there is the spectrum of parents from excellent to alcoholic.
The book is pretty trope-heavy and paints addiction, mental health, and teen sexuality in a questionable light. I join the masses of folks who say that the Cooper reveal, the southern jock stereotype being outed as gay, should not be a “twist” in this day and age. I also do not subscribe to slut-shaming. A girl cheats and she never hears the end of it, but a closeted gay boy cheats and the bigger issue is that he’s gay, not that he’s a cheater.

Of all the characters, I found Nate, the “bad boy,” to be the most interesting, and I went along for the ride of reading this book mostly because of his and Bronwyn’s budding romance. Chalk it up to my indulgence of a guilty pleasure, though I’m not really a romance reader either.

In the end, the fact that there is no murder, that Simon committed suicide, nullifies any positive feelings I have about One of Us is Lying. I’m not into the suicide trope, and I didn’t like it when Thirteen Reasons Why did it, but at least that was its premise. I feel like this author pulled a bait-and-switch. I wanted to love this book, and am well aware I’m in the minority disliking it. The author is a talented writer whose story just wasn’t for me.

I’m giving this bestseller three stars, not because it’s poorly written, because it’s not, but because what the blurb promises isn’t what the book delivers, in my opinion.

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  bfrisch | Dec 9, 2022 |
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It’s a murder mystery, Breakfast Club–style: five students from different social spheres walk into detention. Only four walk out. Simon, the outcast at the helm of the high school’s brutal (and always true) gossip app has been murdered, and he had dirt on all four students in detention with him. Brainy good-girl Bronwyn knows she didn’t kill Simon, and she doesn’t think drug-dealing Nate, everyone’s favorite suspect, did either. Simon knew something that could ruin homecoming princess Addy’s perfect relationship, but Addy’s always been so timid. And baseball superstar Cooper has a secret, but it’s not what Simon said, and everyone knows Simon was never wrong. Trailed by suspicion, the four team up to clear their names—and find the real ­killer—even as proving their innocence becomes increasingly more difficult. Told in alternating perspectives among the four, this is a fast-paced thriller with twists that might surprise even the most hardened mystery reader. An engaging, enticing look at the pressures of high school and the things that cause a person to lose control.
 
This fun, engrossing murder mystery will keep readers guessing until the end. The mystery has many twists and turns, plus romance, social drama, and bullying of all types (verbal, physical, and online).
 

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Nom de l'autorCàrrecTipus d'autorObra?Estat
McManus, Karen M.Autorautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Andrews, MacLeodNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Crossland, KenDissenyadorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Daymond, RobbieNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Guest, Kim MaiNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Impey, AlisonDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
McManus, ShannonNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Resnick, KerriDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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