One of Us Is Lying

Book review by Mary Cosola, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Dirty secrets abound in fun but intense high school mystery.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 147 reviews

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age 18+

Dysfunctional and inappropriate content

This is the opposite of wholesome. It promotes foul language, sexual activity, drinking, and drugs to be the expectation for school age kids.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
2 people found this helpful.
age 11+


If you read hunger games, maze runner, or uglies you will love this book!! I read it to me son who is 11 over a span of a month and he loved it so much we read the other one!!!!! I saw some other reviews but my 11year old son was able to understand it fine and it was ok for him. It depends on your child but I love the book and think it should be worked into schools required reading list!!!!

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
2 people found this helpful.

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