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Review: One of Us is Lying

⭐️⭐️⭐️/ 3 stars ⁣


The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, 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.

My Thoughts: Spoilers and Possible Trigger Warning about Suicide

Let me start off by saying, I am a BIG Pretty Little Liars fan. I mean I watched religiously and preferred not to read the books first, lest I be spoiled. I know, I know, the book is better but by the time I started watching the show I realized it was a book and it was too late to read. And that's why I needed to read THIS book.

One of Us is Lying, is about four high school students, who don't really have a connection with each other and find themselves in the middle of a murder mystery. It's obvious right away they were all set up to attend detention together, where Simon, the boy with the About That app, where he spills all the gossip about everyone at Bayview High School, is in detention with them.

Unfortunately, for these four high school students, Simon dies in detention from an apparent allergic reaction. After police investigate his death they realize someone poisoned his water with peanut oil and the four students are the focus of the investigation.

My favorite characters from the book are Addy (the popular girl) and Nate (the criminal). I loved the character arc for both as they discover who they are and redeem themselves by the end of the book. Those are my favorite type of character arcs.

So here's why I gave it 3 stars instead of 5, and it's a personal one. So please bare with me. Though I loved the story and found myself needing to read to find out what happens next, the ending really bugged me. *SPOILERS* to kill oneself and take out a revenge on those who have done you wrong is pathetic. Is this even a thing with teens?? I have a best friend who committed suicide back in 2017 and though we are past our teen years, she had a mental disorder and was unable to pull herself out of the deep dark depression she was in. I know for a fact she would have wished for healthy mind and live out the rest of her life, but she had no control.

Suicide shouldn't be the choice because you want revenge against your peers or because you didn't get what you want. What is what Simon does in the book. He couldn't get in with the "In crowd" and because of that he wanted to take out a revenge against them.

At the end of the book in the Epilogue, the media calls what Simon did, "Aggrieved Entitlement," here's the definition I found from an article online- Aggrieved entitlement is being told ‘No’ when the prevailing mythos of the culture has taught that I have a ‘right’ to something because of my birth (as male, as white, straight, educated, able-bodied … the list goes on.

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Perhaps I'm thinking too much into it but I can't help what I feel. And for those who struggle with mental health issues, who have far worse things to deal with versus not fitting in with the popular crowd, would choose a different result than suicide if they could. Simon had a choice, those with mental health don't always have that.

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