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Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club” ( in this “flat-out addictive” (RT Book Reviews) story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive.

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.

An Selection for the Book You Have to Read in May
A Best Young Adult Book of May 2017
A Popcrush Most Anticipated Young Adult Book of May 2017

“You’ll tear through this juicy, super-fun (if murder can ever be fun?) thriller."—

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

"[As] McManus's intense mystery unfolds...each character becomes more complex and nuanced, adding richness and depth to the suspense." —VOYA, Starred Review

"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
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published on May 30, 2017 by Delacorte Press
ISBN-10: 1524714682
ISBN-13: 9781524714680
19 Book Reviews
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  • PipsqueakWednesday, August 5, 2020 at 10:29 am
    I haven't read it yet but sounds good.
    • ey2020
      ey2020Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 1:29 pm55 stars
      One of us is lying is a book with many secrets between friends. Like many books with mysterys and secrets, it starts off with a person being killed. The murdered person's friends try to fnd out who murdered their freind, but it one of them may be lying.
      • PenelopeSunday, April 19, 2020 at 5:09 am
        When I was in 7th grade I read it and I loved it!!! Now, a year later I read it and loved it infinity!!! So if you read it and u didn't like it soooooo much u should definitely try reading it again
        • AliWednesday, April 8, 2020 at 8:50 pm
          Wow! I’m in 6th grade and I really enjoyed this book. It was recommended to me by a friend of mine (also in 6th grade). However, there is a lot of profanity and it does describe romantic scenes in detail. There is also a lot of drug and alcohol use, so if you are sensitive to any of those topics, this book isn’t for you. Overall, it seemed pretty real and a great murder mystery. 10/10 would recommend for kids age 12 and up!
          • tastydonuts111
            tastydonuts111Monday, October 28, 2019 at 6:57 pm22 stars
            Eh... Its a okay book, I guess. Ending was cheesy. There are a few uncomfortable scenes in this book.
            • Bunny🐰Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 6:59 pm
              Is this a good murder mystery?
              • squaishy13
                squaishy13Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 4:26 pm
                I hope so.
              • tank337
                tank337Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 6:54 am55 starsFeatured
                This book is a thrilling ride between romance, mysteries and betrayal. I love how the author writes in the different perspectives of the four suspects and documents what happens in their day to day life. The characters are perfectly described and the way they act is so realistic that it seems like they reach out of the book and snatch you in. The plot is a murder mystery where Simon ( the victim ) has been poisoned and died. You experience the rollercoaster of events as the plot thickens; with more aspects added to the complex mystery at every turn. It felt as though the book was keeping me up to date with the ever growing enigma as everything spirals out of control. I recommend this book to all genders from age 10 onwards, because it might be hard for younger people to understand the events taking place. You won’t regret buying and reading this book because it’s riveting, hectic and keeps you gripped to the cryptic turn of events.
                • glitterclaws
                  glitterclawsWednesday, October 23, 2019 at 6:37 pm
                  sounds really good can't wait to read thanks for the great comment Tank337.
                • memyselfandiyay
                  memyselfandiyayFriday, April 5, 2019 at 8:51 am
                  My friend has this book and she said she loved it. Full of murder mystery, I really want to read it.
                  • hogwartsexpress
                    hogwartsexpressThursday, January 17, 2019 at 10:42 am55 stars
                    Sounds Like a really good book but I was able to figure out who was the murderer right a way.
                    • asia26
                      asia26Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 10:39 am55 stars
                      I'm only in fifth grade but i loved this book