Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Dusty Pages Review: One of Us is Lying

Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule.
Sports star Cooper only knows what he's doing in the baseball diamond.
Bad body Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime.
Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks in her perfect life.
And outsider Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won't ever talk about any of them again.
He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it's no accident. All of them are suspects.
Everyone has secrets, right?
What really matters is how far you'll go to protect them.
When I picked this up, my first thoughts were it was like the Breakfast Club but with a murder. Although it started off along those lines, it evolved into one of the best teen stories I have read in a long time. We all know the characters, in our school we could have named the Bronwyn, the Cooper, the bad boy Nate and an Addy. We could also tell you which one we were in the quartet of characters who are first witnesses and then suspects in the death of their classmates. The pace of the book was good, the story never lagged or went off on tangents always keeping you right in the action of the story.

Chapters alternate between the four main characters, so you get to experience the whole situation from a variety of views, what each of them are going through as the media close in, the police struggle to get to the bottom of things, and their class mates turn on them as suspicions and their secrets come to light. It drives the four of them closer together as they try to work out who they can trust and what really happened in the classroom that day.

This book also for me holds a scathing comment on teen social circles and the dangers of social media. How heartless people can be with the anonymous nature of the internet. Blogging has never looked more dangerous and the nature of the human fascination with gossip and malicious gossip. I felt for each of the characters as they learned who their real friends were and who would stand by them as the truth came to light. The only downside of the book was that I had worked out what had actually happened by about a third of the way through.

I give it

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