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One of Us Is Lying: One of Us is Lying, Book 1

By Mary Cosola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Dirty secrets abound in fun but intense high school mystery.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 20 parent reviews

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
6 people found this helpful.
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
5 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (20 ):
Kids say (172 ):

This fun, engrossing murder mystery will keep readers guessing until the end. If The Breakfast Club and Gossip Girl had a baby who was raised by Agatha Christie, the result would be One of Us Is Lying. Author Karen M. McManus starts with character clichés -- the smart overachiever, the pretty and popular airhead, the good ol' boy jock, and the handsome but possibly dangerous drug dealer -- but moves past that to show most people are more than what they seem, for good and for bad. Overall, the book is a page-turner of a whodunnit.

The story is told in alternating first person by the four main characters. This approach allows the reader to see how each character views the others and gives insight into what the character is hiding. The downside is that the character voices are too similar early on in the book, making switching between them confusing at times. Even though most of the book is fun, fast reading, the action bogs down in the middle and the romance storylines get tedious. The character arcs are very good, and the story picks up after the halfway point, with lots of great twists and turns.

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