One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Orginally Published on May 30, 2017
“It’s like my mother said when she first took me to get birth control: if you say no too much, pretty soon someone else will say yes.“
“I live for these moments of closeness with Jake; I’d crawl inside him if I could.”
“None of them have as much experience as I do keeping a straight face when shit’s falling apart around them. At least, none of them are as good at it as me.”
“‘How has your week been otherwise? Tell me something positive that happened.’ She always says that, as if life is full of great shit I can store up and report every Sunday.”
“How can my heart be hammering this hard and I still be alive? It should have burst out of my chest by now.”
“‘No rush, no pressure. It’s entirely up to you, Cooper.’ People always say that but it doesn’t feel true. About anything.”
“I don’t know why it’s so hard for people to admit that sometimes they’re just assholes who screw up because they don’t expect to get caught.”
“Her mascara’s running all the time, so I guess she cries in the bathroom between classes as much as I do.”
“Horrible, earth-shattering stuff piles on top of you until you’re about to suffocate and then– it stops. And nothing else happens, so you start to relax and think you’re in the clear. That’s a rookie mistake.”
“Two thoughts run through my head. One, I want to kiss her more than I want air. And two, if I do I’m bound to screw everything up and she’ll stop looking at me that way.”
“We’re at the point where nothing I say will be right.”
“The afternoon sun’s making her glow, putting glints of gold in her dark hair, and for a second I almost can’t breathe. Jesus. This girl.”
“I screwed up, but not because I didn’t care about you. I guess I never thought I was worthy of you. Then I proved it.”
“When he meets my eyes, his are clouded with so much misery that I almost forget to be upset.”
“Nate’s hand moves down my leg, almost absently. Like he has no idea he’s turning my entire body into jelly.”
“Honestly, I don’t care what we do. I just want to stay wrapped around him for as long as possible, fighting sleep and forgetting about the rest of the world.”
“Are we friends, or just a couple of people without better options?”
“I can see her face fall, and for some reason that’s perversely satisfying. I’m disappointing her right on schedule. Finally, something makes sense.”
“If anyone knows how badly you can screw up your life when you decide you’re not good enough, it’s me.”
“But I’m starting to realize there are some things you can’t undo, no matter how good your intentions are.”
“Sometimes it’s hard to remember what good news feels like.”
“I don’t know where to look because there’s no part of him that doesn’t undo me.”
Synopsis: “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.” (via Goodreads)
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary, Thriller, Fiction
My Rating: 3/5 stars