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One of us is lying
2017
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" Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club " (EW.com) in this "flat-out addictive" ( RT Book Reviews ) story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. <br> <br> Pay close attention and you might solve this.<br> On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.<br> Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.<br> Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.<br> Nate, the criminal , is already on probation for dealing.<br> Cooper, the athlete , is the all-star baseball pitcher.<br> And Simon, the outcast , is the creator of Bayview High's notorious gossip app.<br> <br> 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?<br> <br> Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.<br> <br> An EW.com Selection for the Book You Have to Read in May <br> A Bustle.com Best Young Adult Book of May 2017 <br> A Popcrush Most Anticipated Young Adult Book of May 2017 <br> <br> "You'll tear through this juicy, super-fun (if murder can ever be fun?) thriller."--Bustle.com<br> <br> " An addictive, devour-in-one-sitting thriller with so many twists and turns you'll be wondering until the very end: Who really killed Simon ?"--Kara Thomas, author of The Darkest Corners and Little Monsters<br> <br> ★ "[As] McManus's intense mystery unfolds... each character becomes more complex and nuanced, adding richness and depth to the suspense. " -- VOYA , Starred Review<br> <br> "This fast-paced blend of Gossip Girl , Pretty Little Liars , and classic John Hughes will leave readers racing to the finish as the try to unravel the mystery on their own."-- Kirkus Reviews
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  School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Five high school students walk into a normal Monday after-school detention but only four leave alive. Simon, the dead student, was despised for the secrets he revealed in his toxic gossip app targeting the students of Bayview High. The remaining four students all have reasons to want Simon dead, and the police quickly zoom in on all of them as murder suspects. The author leaves plenty of red herrings along the way, keeping listeners in suspense. The use of multiple narrators and perspectives with alternating chapters enhances this compelling mystery. The part of brainiac/good girl Bronwyn is read by Kim Mai Guest; popular jock-with-a-kind- heart Cooper is read by MacLeod Andrews; beautiful but diffident Addy is read by Shannon McManus; and bad boy Nate is read by Robbie Daymond. All do wonderful jobs immersing themselves into the roles, showing their characters' remorse, confusion, anxiety, and terror while tension builds and their secrets are revealed. Teens will find the characters engaging and enjoy the fast-paced storyline. VERDICT This is an ideal purchase for teens who love thrillers and puzzles.-Julie Paladino, formerly at East Chapel Hill High School, NC © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Booklist Review

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.--Reagan, Maggie Copyright 2017 Booklist
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