One of Us is Lying

by

Karen McManus

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Addy Prentiss Character Analysis

The “princess” of the Bayview Four, Addy is a popular and beautiful Bayview student who has been dating her equally popular and beautiful boyfriend, Jake, since their freshman year. Addy has been raised by a mother who values the physical above all else—Ms. Calloway has instilled in Addy and her sister Ashton the belief that their sole purpose in life should be to attract men who will hopefully support them financially throughout their lives. Addy has internalized this information deeply and has allowed her relationship with Jake to veer into abusive territory—Jake controls what Addy wears, where she goes, and who she’s friends with, but she barely even notices this problematic behavior until almost halfway through the novel. Once the About This blog releases information about Addy having cheated on Jake over the summer, Addy finds her social life crumbling to the ground. At first, she’s miserable, but soon realizes that she has been liberated from a life of entrapment and careful social graces. She takes advantage of her new lease on life and begins investigating Simon’s death with the other members of the Bayview Four, chopping off all of her hair and making friends with better, more interesting people than her shallow friends. It is Addy who eventually uncovers the horrible truth about Simon’s death—that he orchestrated the entire ordeal as a way of committing suicide while taking four of his most-hated classmates down with him. Addy is almost killed for finding out this information, but survives an attack from Jake, her ex-boyfriend, and goes on to move into a San Diego apartment with her older sister, away from her mother’s poisonous rhetoric and towards a new life lived on her own terms.

Addy Prentiss Quotes in One of Us is Lying

The One of Us is Lying quotes below are all either spoken by Addy Prentiss or refer to Addy Prentiss. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Random House edition of One of Us is Lying published in 2017.
Chapter 16 Quotes

Four days after we're featured on the local news, the story goes national on Mikhail Powers Investigates. I knew it was coming, since Mikhail’s producers had tried to reach my family all week. We never responded, thanks to basic common sense and also Robin’s legal advice. Nate didn’t either, and Addy said she and Cooper both refused to talk as well. So the show will be airing in fifteen minutes without commentary from any of the people actually involved. Unless one of us is lying. Which is always a possibility.

Page Number: 175
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Chapter 17 Quotes

Sexism is alive and well in true-crime coverage, because Bronwyn and I aren’t nearly as popular with the general public as Cooper and Nate. Especially Nate. All the tween girls posting about us on social media love him. They couldn’t care less that het a convicted drug dealer, because he’s got dreamy eyes.

Same goes for school. Bronwyn and I are pariahs—other than her friends, her sister, and Janae, hardly anyone talks to us. They just whisper behind our backs. But Cooper's as golden as ever. And Nate—well, it’s not like Nate was ever popular, exactly. He’s never seemed to care what people think, though, and he still doesn’t.

Related Characters: Addy Prentiss (speaker), Bronwyn Rojas, Nate Macauley, Cooper Clay, Janae
Page Number: 175
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Chapter 21 Quotes

It’s a mundane, innocuous conversation compared to yesterday’s lunch, when we caught up on my police visit, Nate's mother, and the fact that Addy got called to the station separately to answer questions about the missing EpiPens again. Yesterday we were murder suspects with complicated personal lives, but today we're just being girls.

Page Number: 237
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“I'm getting what I deserve, right? That’s what everybody thinks. I guess it's what Simon would’ve wanted. Everything out in the open for people to judge. No secrets."

"Simon . . ." Janae’s got that strangled sound to her voice again. "He’s not . . . He wasn’t like they said. I mean, yes, he went overboard with About That, and he wrote some awful things. But the past couple years have been rough. He tried so hard to be part of things and he never could. I don’t think . . ." She stumbles over her words. "When Simon was himself, he wouldn’t have wanted this for you."

Related Characters: Addy Prentiss (speaker), Janae (speaker), Simon Kelleher
Page Number: 243
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Chapter 23 Quotes

[Nate] crosses to our table and dumps his backpack next to Bronwyn. She stands up, winds her arms around his neck, and kisses him like they're alone while the entire cafeteria erupts into gasps and catcalls. I stare as much as everyone else. I mean, I kind of guessed, but this is pretty public. I'm not sure if Bronwyn’s trying to distract everyone from Cooper or if she couldn’t help herself. Maybe both.

Either way, Cooper's effectively been forgotten. He's motionless at the entrance until I grab his arm. "Come sit. The whole murder club at one table. They can stare at all of us together."

Related Characters: Addy Prentiss (speaker), Bronwyn Rojas, Nate Macauley, Cooper Clay
Page Number: 260
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Chapter 24 Quotes

We're not getting anywhere with this conversation. But I'm struck by a couple of things as I listen to them talk. One: I like all of them more than I thought I would. Bronwyn’s obviously been the biggest surprise, and like doesn't cover it. But Addy's turned into kind of a badass, and Cooper's not as one- dimensional as I thought.

And two: I don’t think any of them did it.

Related Characters: Nate Macauley (speaker), Bronwyn Rojas, Cooper Clay, Addy Prentiss
Page Number: 269
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Chapter 26 Quotes

"I'm not looking for another boyfriend, Mom."

She stares at me like I’ve sprouted wings and started speaking Chinese. “Why on earth not? It's been ages since you and Jake broke up."

"I spent more than three years with Jake. I could use some downtime." I say it mostly to argue, but as soon as the words come out of my mouth I know they're true. My mother started dating when she was fourteen, like me, and hasn't stopped since. Even when it means going out with an immature man-boy who's too cowardly to bring her home to his parents.

I don’t want to be that afraid to be alone.

Related Characters: Addy Prentiss (speaker), Addy’s Mother / Ms. Calloway (speaker), Jake Riordan, TJ Forrester
Page Number: 205
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Chapter 29 Quotes

I look up from the papers. "Why?" I ask, bile rising in my throat. "How did Simon get to this point?"

"He'd been depressed for a while," Janae says, kneading the fabric of her black skirt between her hands. The stacks of studded bracelets she wears on both arms rattle with the movement. "Simon always felt like he should get a lot more respect and attention than he did, you know? But he got really bitter about it this year. He started spending all his time online with a bunch of creepers, fantasizing about getting revenge on everyone who made him miserable. It got to the point where I don’t think he even knew what was real anymore. Whenever something bad happened, he blew it way out of proportion."

Related Characters: Addy Prentiss (speaker), Janae (speaker), Simon Kelleher
Page Number: 322
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I'm barely dragging myself forward, and the noises behind me get louder until a hand catches my arm and yanks me back. I manage to scream once more before Jake clamps his other hand over my mouth.

"You little bitch," he says hoarsely. "You brought this on yourself, you know that?"

Related Characters: Addy Prentiss (speaker), Jake Riordan (speaker), Simon Kelleher
Page Number: 330
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Addy Prentiss Character Timeline in One of Us is Lying

The timeline below shows where the character Addy Prentiss appears in One of Us is Lying. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...Cooper Clay, a jock, tosses a piece of paper his friend, a popular girl named Addy Prentiss. Bronwyn is devastated that she’s stuck in detention—she wants to be at Mathletes so... (full context)
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Addy turns around, shocked; a dummy phone was in her bag, too. Cooper speaks up to... (full context)
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Bronwyn, Addy, and Cooper go over to the window as well. After a moment, Simon joins them.... (full context)
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...stabs Simon with a syringe while the other two lift him up onto the stretcher. Addy is standing in a corner of the room, crying. Cooper goes over to her and... (full context)
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Distressed by what she’s just witnessed, Addy calls her boyfriend, Jake. When he answers, though, she begins crying too hard to talk,... (full context)
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Addy, still crying, shouts that she wants to go home. Ms. Grayson tells Cooper to help... (full context)
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Jake drives Addy home, where Addy’s mother, having already heard the news through her “mysterious but foolproof” school... (full context)
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Addy reflects on how she and her sister, Ashton, were raised. Addy’s mother entered them both... (full context)
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...flask and remarking on the strangeness of what has just happened. When Nate remarks that Addy was “useless” during the ordeal, Bronwyn chastises him—they have all been through a “huge trauma”... (full context)
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...of view. In between classes, an announcement over the loudspeaker at school summons Cooper—along with Addy, Nate, and Bronwyn—to the main office. He already answered several questions from Principal Gupta about... (full context)
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Cooper joins Gupta, Addy, Bronwyn, Nate, and a police officer in Gupta’s office. The policeman introduces himself as Officer... (full context)
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Addy remembers Simon saying something about the cell phones that had wound up in all their... (full context)
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...and says that he wasn’t, but his voice doesn’t sound very confident. He notices that Addy has gone pale, and Bronwyn is blushing. Nate blithely tells the officer that “everybody’s got... (full context)
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The narrative switches to Addy’s perspective. It is Thursday evening, and Addy knows she should be doing homework before Jake... (full context)
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Addy and Jake lie down on the bed together; Jake tells Addy that Simon’s mother called... (full context)
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Jake tells Addy that their friend group’s trip to the beach tomorrow is still on. Although Addy doesn’t... (full context)
Chapter 5
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Over at Addy’s house that same Friday evening, Officer Budapest is in her living room, flirting with Addy’s... (full context)
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When Addy’s sister Ashton, who is visiting for the weekend, speaks up and asks why Budapest is... (full context)
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Budapest leaves after a few more routine questions, giving Addy his card so that she can call him if she remembers anything else about that... (full context)
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Addy goes downstairs to let Jake inside; when she opens the door, TJ is with him.... (full context)
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Addy goes upstairs and starts changing. As she picks out a sexy outfit, Ashton warns her... (full context)
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Addy is miserable during the entire ride to the beach; she can’t stop thinking about the... (full context)
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...the funeral service is swarming with undercover cops who are looking carefully at Bronwyn, Cooper, Addy—and Nate himself. Simon’s only friend, a weird Goth girl named Janae, reads part of the... (full context)
Chapter 7
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After the funeral, Addy is approached by a plainclothes officer who asks her to come to the police station.... (full context)
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Wheeler begins the interrogation after explaining that Addy’s presence is voluntary, and she can leave at any time. The detective pulls a laptop... (full context)
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After reading the post, Addy feels like she can’t breathe, afraid that her whole life is about to come crashing... (full context)
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Wheeler reveals her point: she tells Addy that if she was part of a group effort to kill and silence Simon, she... (full context)
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...Wheeler goes on and on about how much pressure social media adds to kids’ lives, Addy remembers that she does not have to answer any questions or admit to anything. Addy... (full context)
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...be revealed about him. Chang takes the same approach with Cooper that Wheeler did with Addy, implying that the four worked together to bring Simon down. Cooper, though, denies everything; the... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...grateful that the whole thing isn’t being pinned on just him, as he feels that Addy and Cooper would be all too happy to go along with using Nate as a... (full context)
Chapter 9
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Sunday evening, Addy arrives at the small San Diego condo her sister Ashton shares with her husband. Ashton... (full context)
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Jake’s mom lets Addy into the house and tells her that Jake is waiting for her downstairs in the... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...TJ in the face; Cooper realizes that the part of Simon’s About That column concerning Addy must be true. At lunch, Addy sits with Cooper, Keely, and the rest of their... (full context)
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On Wednesday morning, Addy’s older sister, Ashton, has to talk her into going to school. Addy’s mother is struggling... (full context)
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 When Addy arrives at school for the day, she spots the only person on campus who looks... (full context)
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Addy stays in the bathroom for two whole class periods; by the time she gathers herself... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...Yumiko approach her to ask what’s going on, a voice over the loudspeaker summons Bronwyn, Addy, Cooper, and Nate to the main office. Bronwyn walks “like a zombie” past her staring,... (full context)
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Gupta leaves Bronwyn, Cooper, Addy, and Nate in her office—it is the first time the four of them have been... (full context)
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On Saturday morning, Ashton is trying to come up with things for to do, but Addy is depressed—since she was 14, her weekends have been all about hanging out with Jake,... (full context)
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Having revealed a secret to Addy, Ashton now asks for one in return; she wants to know why Addy lied about... (full context)
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Addy and Ashton rent bicycles and go out for an afternoon of cycling. Cooper texts Addy... (full context)
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...rose bushes, and a drunk Jake approaches Cooper and immediately begins excoriating him for defending Addy—his “whore ex-girlfriend”—to “anybody who’ll listen.” Jake reveals that when he was in junior high, his... (full context)
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...online earlier that evening; there’s an article all about Simon, and it includes Bronwyn, Cooper, Addy, and Nate—as “persons of interest.” (full context)
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The narrative switches to Addy’s perspective, and jumps ahead to Tuesday morning. She and Cooper were not as lucky as... (full context)
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Janae points out that Addy has never really spoken to her before—Addy admits that it was her boyfriend, not her,... (full context)
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After school, there are no news vans out front. Addy rides her bike to a strip mall nearby and goes into a generic hair salon,... (full context)
Chapter 16
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...Four,” and Maeve is troubled by how out-of-context and rudimentary Powers’s introductions of Bronwyn, Cooper, Addy, and Nate are. The only moment of relief comes when Powers interviews a lawyer from... (full context)
Chapter 17
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Monday afternoon, Addy muses about how she and Bronwyn are essentially pariahs both at school and in the... (full context)
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In science class, Addy’s teacher switches up everyone’s lab partners; Addy winds up with TJ, and though things are... (full context)
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...really doesn’t believe that anyone in the room murdered Simon. She has gotten to know Addy better, and doesn’t think she seems capable of violence—Cooper doesn’t, either. Nate points out that... (full context)
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...inside, her mother, her lawyer Robin, and Detective Mendoza are seated at a table. Neither Addy nor Cooper is there, and Bronwyn feels a flash of anxiety as she realizes investigators... (full context)
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That afternoon, Addy rides her bike over to Jake’s house and rings the doorbell. He welcomes her in,... (full context)
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Addy asks Jake why invited her over—he claims that he “deserve[s]” to know what’s happening. Addy... (full context)
Chapter 21
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Wednesday afternoon at lunch, Bronwyn and Addy sit together and talk about nail polish—an “innocuous” conversation compared to yesterday’s topic, when they... (full context)
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Friday morning, Addy is running track during gym when Vanessa intentionally trips her. Vanessa pretends to try to... (full context)
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Addy muses that she’s getting what she deserves, just like Simon wanted—everyone’s secrets are out in... (full context)
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Addy heads off for the library, and asks Janae to cover for her and tell the... (full context)
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Janae arrives at Addy’s house shortly after Addy herself. The two girls make small talk with Addy’s mother for... (full context)
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Janae asks for something to drink, and Addy heads downstairs to get lemonade for the two of them. When she arrives back upstairs,... (full context)
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Monday morning, Addy arrives at school to find police cars lining the front of Bayview High. Cooper, who... (full context)
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Cooper tells Addy that Simon had uncovered the fact that he was seeing someone and was going to... (full context)
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...that he can’t stop thinking about all the “weird stuff” Maeve mentioned Simon had gotten into—Addy says that Bronwyn wants for all of the Bayview Four to get together and compare... (full context)
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...of the morning on Tuesday, “whispers” about Cooper’s sexuality have started. That afternoon at lunch, Addy sits down with Bronwyn; when Cooper enters the cafeteria, a buzz goes through the room,... (full context)
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Nate walks over to Addy and Bronwyn’s table and kisses Bronwyn in full view of everyone; the cafeteria erupts in... (full context)
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After a minute or two, the front door creaks open and Addy walks in—she has dyed her hair purple. Nate and Bronwyn lead her to a corner... (full context)
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...mixed up in “creepy stuff” on the internet and had potentially angered someone from there. Addy adds that Janae told her Simon “hated being an outsider,” and nursed an attraction to... (full context)
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Bronwyn insists she’s more interested in Janae, who’s been spending time with her and Addy; the details in all the About This posts have been very accurate, so they have... (full context)
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...the station, and so the girls get back in the car—Maeve drives while Bronwyn calls Addy, who accuses the police department of playing “musical chairs” with the four of them and... (full context)
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...she stands to go—but worries that if Eli doesn’t know even half of what she, Addy, Cooper, and Nate do, he won’t be able to help Nate clear his name. (full context)
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By Monday, Addy is surprised to realize that there are no vans or camera crews following her or... (full context)
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After TJ leaves, Addy’s mother is disappointed in Addy for “being so rude to [such] a handsome boy”—she points... (full context)
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Addy’s phone rings—it’s Bronwyn, who sounds if she’s been crying. She asks Addy to stop by... (full context)
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Inside, Maeve is on her laptop and Cooper is sprawled out in an armchair. Addy asks Bronwyn if she’s seen Nate, but Bronwyn replies that Nate doesn’t want her to... (full context)
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...that the Bayview Four even caught one of the detectives eating a pile of donuts. Addy feels a coldness rush over her—she remembers rattling this false detail off to Jake weeks... (full context)
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It is Tuesday night, and Bronwyn is in her room with Maeve and Addy, working on the case. After she texted Mrs. Macauley a link to the About This... (full context)
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Bronwyn, Maeve, and Addy tack up colorful sticky notes on the wall, pointing out the many disparate details of... (full context)
Chapter 28
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...at a coffee shop in downtown San Diego. Kris, Maeve, and Ashton are there too; Addy asks why Bronwyn picked the location, which is a little bit out of the way,... (full context)
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...him, Ashton speaks up to explain that Jake is a total control freak who ruled Addy’s life for years. As Bronwyn writes this down, the front door opens and Eli enters... (full context)
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Addy emotionally protests that Jake wouldn’t try to hurt her—or any of them—and Ashton tells everyone... (full context)
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Thursday evening, Addy sits at home, reading through the About This blog and wondering whether Jake could really... (full context)
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Addy has been trying to get in touch with Janae all week, but Janae has been... (full context)
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Though Bronwyn has coached Addy about what to say to Janae in order to slowly and carefully get information out... (full context)
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When Addy finishes speaking, Janae gets up and goes into the other room; Addy worries that Janae... (full context)
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Addy looks up from the papers, shocked, and asks Janae how Simon reached this point. Janae... (full context)
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...and drama—and so Simon decided to put his plan in motion. He had known about Addy and TJ, and used the rumor to “shut Jake up and bring him in” to... (full context)
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...would ever realize what they were doing, since they hadn’t been friends for years. As Addy takes all of this information in, she feels like she might faint—and almost wishes she... (full context)
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...the Bayview Four get hauled into the station every time new “evidence” came to light. Addy chastises Janae for not telling anyone about what was going on, but Janae reveals that... (full context)
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...reveals that she was supposed to plant all the evidence not on Nate, but on Addy. The afternoon they hung out at Addy’s house she was supposed to plant the laptop,... (full context)
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As all of this sinks in, Addy begs Janae to tell the truth—she can’t let Nate go to prison for murder. Janae... (full context)
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...the dining room and flips on the lights; he is enraged at the sight of Addy. Addy runs out Janae’s kitchen through the back door, heading for the woods behind Janae’s... (full context)
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Addy can hear Janae somewhere in the woods, begging for Jake to stop, but Jake doesn’t... (full context)
Chapter 30
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...“blown wide open.” Nate is free. As Eli fills Nate in on Jake’s arrest and Addy’s hospitalization—due to a concussion and a fractured skull—Nate grows numb with the knowledge that so... (full context)
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...handles the media as Nate contemplates everything Eli told him back inside—about how Bronwyn, Kris, Addy, and Cooper all worked together to clear Nate’s name. Nate feels useless and dejected as... (full context)
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...monster. Janae, meanwhile, is cooperating the police and will receive a plea bargain; she and Addy are “thick as thieves,” though Cooper still has mixed feelings about Janae’s involvement in the... (full context)
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Addy is out of the hospital and recovering well physically; the “emotional stuff,” however, is taking... (full context)
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...they are an odd couple, they seem to really like one another. Now, after picking Addy up from her follow-up doctor’s appointment, Ashton drives Addy to an apartment complex, offering to... (full context)
Epilogue: Three Months Later
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...nervous as she and Maeve prepare to leave, and texts last-minute directions to Kate, Yumiko, Addy, and Cooper—who is coming to the concert after dinner with Kris’s parents. As she heads... (full context)
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...with flowers. Ashton and Eli are there, too, and congratulate her on doing so well. Addy cranes her neck as if she’s looking for someone, but when Bronwyn asks her what’s... (full context)
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Nate reveals that Addy convinced him to come tonight and explain himself to Bronwyn. Bronwyn pulls herself together and... (full context)