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review 2020-02-04 22:07
One of Us is Next
One of Us Is Next - Karen M. McManus

What a ridiculous ass book. 


Okay. I am going to say something more substantial. I have eaten flavorless oatmeal that had more to it than this book. Character development is non-existent. You get to see characters from the previous book briefly, but we don't get to get into their heads. McManus decides to bring in a new crop of people for the most part that I didn't care about. 

I saw the twist coming as soon as a certain scene happened. And then I saw the next twist after that. Nothing was a shock and the why behind this was not even believable.


I had a huge problem with her last book, "Two Can Keep a Secret" because she has young adults acting in ways that other teens would scoff at. The whole truth and dare game made zero sense. But how did no adults even hear about it? Seriously? Considering social media today no one talked about it for this to get discussed? 

The jumping back and forth between 5 or I think 6 characters did not help matters either. There is zero tension going on. There was some tension in the first book because people were accusing teens of murdering their own. The murder in this book happens I think more than halfway through and I ended up loathing the characters so who cared in the end? Not me. 


The romance between all of the leads were lame and I didn't care about who ended up with who even a little bit. I think McManus was trying for some epic romance up there with Logan and Veronica with two of the characters and I was over it. 

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review 2019-12-28 18:36
Good collection of essays that form a memoir
I'm Telling the Truth but I'm Lying - Bassey Ikpi

FYI - the kindle edition of this book is on sale.


Ikpi was part of the Def Poetry Jam, but this is a collection of essays  that function as a memoir.  If you or some one you know is dealing with mental illness, this is a very good read.

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text 2019-11-12 22:03
Colour me underwhelmed
The Lying Game: A Novel - Ruth Ware
The Woman in Cabin 10 - Ruth Ware
In a Dark, Dark Wood - Ruth Ware

So The Lying Game is the third Ruth Ware book I've read in quick succession, and all the blurbs tell me that if I'm a fan of Agatha Christie I'm going to love these books.


Nope. Christie's characters are well-drawn (if sometimes a wee bit stereotyped), and easily imagined. All the characters in Ware's books are one-dimensional and instantly forgettable. And most of them are way too stupid to live.





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review 2019-11-02 16:06
One of Us is Lying
One of Us Is Lying - Kim Mai Guest,Shannon McManus,Robbie Daymond,MacLeod Andrews,Karen M. McManus

Five high-school students in the San Diego suburb Bayview are given detention for having cell phones in their bags. But the odd thing is the phones are not theirs. One of the students, Bronwyn, tries to make this point by holding up her actual phone, which was stowed in her locker when she was nabbed for having the other in her bag. Simon, widely hated for running a gossip app called "About That," makes the point that they are teen-movie clichés (even the blurb references The Breakfast Club). Bronwyn is the honor student who is certain to replicate the family tradition of going to Yale. Cooper is the star pitcher with Major League Baseball in his future. Addy is the beautiful blonde homecoming queen. Nate, a known drug dealer, fulfills the Judd Nelson The Breakfast Club role, only he's way cuter.

Detention is cut short when Simon, known to have a peanut allergy, goes into anaphylactic shock. The epipen that Simon normally carries is nowhere to be found, and the stock kept in the nurse's office cannot be found. Medical assistance arrives, but is too late to save him.

How was Simon exposed to peanut? Did one of the other students in detention set up the detention as well as Simon's death? The four remaining students are soon considered suspects, and are unwittingly thrown together from a mutual need to discover what really happened.

This was a fairly solid mystery read for me. I was interested in listening to it unfolding. While listening, I was on my way to giving this book four stars. I enjoyed the characters' interactions, as they became a support group of sorts. But ultimately, it became one of those "once I really think about this, I question its plausibility too much." Also, the epilogue section, while involving all four protagonists, is told from just one character's perspective--and I would have enjoyed hearing from the others directly in that final wrap-up.

I will also mention, as a plug for the audiobook, that there are four separate narrators, so each literally has a distinct voice. This is something I've come to appreciate in audiobooks.

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review 2019-10-08 00:31
So much fun
One of Us Is Lying - Karen M. McManus

I enjoyed this a whole lot more than I expected! I came of age in the eighties, so I saw The Breakfast Club in the theater, and the set up for this book was really appealing to me. 


Each of the main characters is outwardly a teen archetype: bad boy Nate, star athlete Cooper, ivy-league bound brain Bronwyn, and homecoming princess Addy, but, as in life, there is so much more to each of them than their classmates know. I actually ended up really liking all of them. McManus did a great job making them multi-dimensional. And Addy was straight up bad ass, as it turned out, which was awesome.


The main issue I had with the book is that the murder victim, Simon, was such a rotten person that it was hard to feel any sympathy for him. In keeping with everyone else in the book, he had many other elements to his character swirling around, but none of them made him even remotely more likeable.


I had a couple of guesses for the whodunnit. My first one was wrong, but my second one was right.


I read this for Baker Street Irregulars, and given the amount of teen ninja investigation was happening in the book, it fit the square perfectly. I thought it was a lot of fun!



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