Sophie's Choice...


In a world where social media runs teenage lives, it's easy enough to get caught up in the whirlwind that is the Internet in 2017. McManus's One of Us is Lying offers a refreshing perspective on social media, and its relevance in modern society. 

As a teenage girl who believes herself to be rather accomplished at navigating her way through the likes of Instagram, Snapchat and Tumblr, it's all too often that I hear the horror stories of the impacts of these apps, which were first offered to us as innocent means of communication. What came from this simple and effective idea was in fact exposure to scandal, gossip, and the chance to express the angst that comes with adolescence. This novel is an example of how typical high school gossip can be amplified by the phones in our pockets, with detrimental effects...

The blurb reads: "Five students walk into detention. Only four leave alive. Everyone has secrets right? What really matters is how far you'll go to protect them."
What gripped me with this book were its similarities to the 1985 classic The Breakfast Club, with its five archetypal characters who meet in a school detention. A geek, a jock, a criminal, a princess and the Outsider. However, what prevents itself from being an exact duplicate is Karen M. McManus' addictive writing style as she leads readers through the twists and turns of the murder of Simon Kelleher, the founder of the school's gossip page About That. A thrilling summer read for fans of Riverdale and 13 Reasons Why.