One of Us is Lying – 4.5 Solid Stars

Solid this book was solid as a diamond!

But even diamonds have flaws….

4.5 solid stars

About the Book

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.


Man, this book was solid, solid, solid! Four reasons why it was solid…

First, The multiple POVs was surprisingly good, at least for me. I’ve always said First Person is not my favorite, especially YA [like really who wants to go over all that angst again??], so I was… MULTIPLE FIRST POV?? WHT??? BUT THAT WAS GOOD! SOLID!

Second, this book is quite diverse! WOOOOOHOOOO!

Third, apparently I enjoy reading about high school drama and cliques. Again, WHO AM I?? [lately I have no idea]. So, I like them. At least when they are not the core of the story but the background. At first the characters are purposely stereotyped [the jock, the geek, the nerd, the queen bee, the outcast, etc. etc.] and then one of them dies, and all their real personalities are exposed. It was like a personality striptease, pretty entertaining! 😉

Fourth, The end and how a Mental Health topic was handled… SOLID, SOLID, SOLID.  I WAS VERY HAPPY WITH IT! 🙂

BUT, as I said, even diamonds have flaws.

There was this ONE thing: At the beginning all the characters’ voices sounded EXACTLY the same. For a good 50% of the book these multiple POVs sounded like a univoice. So, I wished it would have been written in third person but then, when the striptease show stars and I got quite connected with each character. And the book shined like a diamond. A slightly flawed diamond, but a diamond nonetheless.

What about you? Have you read this book? Did you like it?

Do you enjoy YA in first person POV? What about Multiple POVs?


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