One of Us is Lying (Book Review)


Five students walk into detention. Only four come out alive. Everyone knew Simon was allergic to peanuts, the only question is who wanted to get rid of Simon the most.

Nate is the hot delinquent. Addy is the gorgeous popular girl. Bronwyn is the brainiac and Cooper is the star athlete. They’re walking high school stereotypes, but does that mean they did it?


I know this wasn’t on my September TBR, but I had requested the audiobook from my library through the Overdrive app. I got the notification last week and decided this would be a great book to listen to during my commute to school.

I was expecting this to be similar to We Were Liars, instead it was more like Pretty Little Liars. That being said, the Goodreads description does call it a cross between The Breakfast Club and Pretty Little Liars. I just wanted to get it over with and find out who the killer was. There were a lot of predictable plot points and a bunch of times when I felt the author foreshadowed way too much, to the point of telling us what would be coming out the next chapter.

This is one of those books where I found myself constantly saying, I would never have done that in high school. The characters were very impractical at times and they were definitely stereotypes. Even after the character development started coming in, they still seemed way too rigid.

As far as diversity goes, this book was lacking from my standpoint. Out of the four main characters, one was half-Latina. The other three were white as snow. There was definite diversity in the supporting characters, though. This seemed like such a disconnect to me. The POCs were all supporting characters with a couple lines, something I hate about these kind of YA books.

As far as the mystery goes, it had many layers. There were a lot of times I was guessing what would happen next with the characters and, for the most part, I usually got it right. But, I must admit they really threw a curve ball at the end. I was so confused but then it all started to make sense. I didn’t care for the “everything tied up in a bow” epilogue but other than that, I enjoyed the ending.

*3.5/5 Stars*


Author: Rachelle Saint Louis

Rachelle Saint Louis is a Haitian-American writer, born and raised in South Florida. She received a 2018 Silver Medal in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition for her poem “Red Blood Cell.” She is currently a Psychology and English double major at Florida Atlantic University. Her poetry has been published in Rigorous Magazine. Rachelle has been writing poetry since the 7th grade and you can often find her performing Spoken Word at local open mics.

9 thoughts on “One of Us is Lying (Book Review)”

  1. I hate books that use stereotypes as well, particularly when referring to young people. So many times I catch myself thinking that I would never act in the same way as the characters, and they are very often not relatable. I’ve been hearing a lot about this one around the blogosphere, I may have to give it a go and see if I feel the same as you did 🙂

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