One of Us is Lying

by

Karen McManus

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Addy’s Mother / Ms. Calloway Character Analysis

Addy’s mother is a self-absorbed, vain, materialistic woman who has been married several times and is now dating a man half her age. She believes that the only way for women to succeed in life is to make themselves attractive enough to rope in and lock down a successful man, and tries her best to impress this knowledge upon her daughters.

Addy’s Mother / Ms. Calloway Quotes in One of Us is Lying

The One of Us is Lying quotes below are all either spoken by Addy’s Mother / Ms. Calloway or refer to Addy’s Mother / Ms. Calloway. 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 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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Addy’s Mother / Ms. Calloway Character Timeline in One of Us is Lying

The timeline below shows where the character Addy’s Mother / Ms. Calloway appears in One of Us is Lying. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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Jake drives Addy home, where Addy’s mother , having already heard the news through her “mysterious but foolproof” school gossip network, is... (full context)
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Addy reflects on how she and her sister, Ashton, were raised. Addy’s mother entered them both in beauty pageants when they were little, but they were both always... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...her hair. The doorbell rings, and Addy knows Jake has arrived. While he talks with Addy’s mother downstairs, Addy thinks about Simon. He had few friends, and though he had a few... (full context)
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...sleeping together for years. When Jake asks if Addy wants to have sex, she hears her mother ’s voice in her head telling her that “if you say no too much pretty... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...Addy’s house that same Friday evening, Officer Budapest is in her living room, flirting with Addy’s mother . He diverts his attention away from Addy’s mother to ask Addy a few “follow-up”... (full context)
Chapter 11
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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 to come up with the funds to retain a lawyer, and Addy’s absent... (full context)
Chapter 21
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...arrives at Addy’s house shortly after Addy herself. The two girls make small talk with Addy’s mother for a while before heading upstairs to watch Netflix. Looking around at Addy’s princess-pink room,... (full context)
Chapter 26
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...or camera crews following her or her family around. Things are “oddly normal” as Addy, her mother , and Ashton sit down to dinner. Addy’s mother refuses to eat, though—she is on... (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 out... (full context)