One of Us is Lying

by

Karen McManus

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Jake Riordan Character Analysis

Jake is Addy’s boyfriend, a popular and good-looking student at Bayview High. Though from an outsider’s perspective Jake and Addy seem to have the perfect relationship, Jake is in fact demanding and controlling, and has been systematically working to break Addy down for several years. At the end of the novel, it is revealed that Jake was working together with Simon to help bring Addy—and the rest of the Bayview Four—down, hoping to take revenge on Addy after discovering that she slept with TJ Forrester over the summer. When Addy finds out, Jake attacks and nearly kills her, but Cooper intervenes at the last minute. Jake is indicted and awaiting trial by the novel’s end.

Jake Riordan Quotes in One of Us is Lying

The One of Us is Lying quotes below are all either spoken by Jake Riordan or refer to Jake Riordan. 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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Chapter 29 Quotes

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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Jake Riordan Character Timeline in One of Us is Lying

The timeline below shows where the character Jake Riordan 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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Distressed by what she’s just witnessed, Addy calls her boyfriend, Jake. When he answers, though, she begins crying too hard to talk, and Cooper takes over... (full context)
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Jake drives Addy home, where Addy’s mother, having already heard the news through her “mysterious but... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...Addy’s perspective. It is Thursday evening, and Addy knows she should be doing homework before Jake stops by, but instead sits at her vanity playing with her hair. The doorbell rings,... (full context)
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Addy and Jake lie down on the bed together; Jake tells Addy that Simon’s mother called him and... (full context)
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Jake tells Addy that their friend group’s trip to the beach tomorrow is still on. Although... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...though, her phone rings; Ashton picks it up and tosses it to her, announcing that Jake is calling. Addy chides Ashton for looking at her phone, which is “private.” Ashton asks... (full context)
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Addy goes downstairs to let Jake inside; when she opens the door, TJ is with him. Jake asks if Addy minds... (full context)
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...warns her that she’ll be chilly in it, and asks if the wardrobe change is Jake’s idea. Addy doesn’t answer her sister, and after changing heads right back downstairs. (full context)
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...she can’t stop thinking about the mistake she made just a month after she and Jake slept together for the first time, when she got “blind drunk” and slept with TJ.... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...a bench, wondering what to do and who to call. Knowing she can’t talk to Jake, she dials Ashton, and tells her that she needs her help. (full context)
Chapter 9
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...Addy. The two sit together on the balcony and talk; Ashton implores Addy to tell Jake the truth about her dalliance with TJ, as it’s bound to get out at some... (full context)
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Jake’s mom lets Addy into the house and tells her that Jake is waiting for her... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...are at home, and Cooper is relieved to be there. After gym class, Cooper witnesses Jake punching TJ in the face; Cooper realizes that the part of Simon’s About That column... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...Addy’s absent father who lives in Chicago is not being helpful. On top of that, Jake is making Addy into a pariah at school—Ashton urges Addy not to let Jake ruin... (full context)
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...to have lost a significant amount of weight. The second person Addy runs into is Jake himself. Addy says hi to him, but he pretends she isn’t there; she asks if... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...Addy is depressed—since she was 14, her weekends have been all about hanging out with Jake, and she can hardly remember what she used to do to fill her time before... (full context)
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...that she didn’t go to the nurse’s office for herself—she went to get Tylenol for Jake, but didn’t want to say so in front of Ashton because she didn’t want her... (full context)
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...friends, but Addy feels surprisingly grateful not to have to go to another one of Jake’s friends’ parties and be subject to his controlling nature. (full context)
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...that things have already gotten messy—people are puking in the 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.”... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...how funny she is—Addy ignores his compliments, though, and focuses on the assignment. After class, Jake follows her out of the classroom. He asks her if she’s all right, and she... (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, and they sit down in the... (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 asks Jake... (full context)
Chapter 26
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...for another boyfriend, but her mother says it’s time for her to move on—she and Jake broke up “ages” ago. She warns Addy that if she doesn’t date around, she’ll “end... (full context)
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...donuts. Addy feels a coldness rush over her—she remembers rattling this false detail off to Jake weeks ago. (full context)
Chapter 27
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...the About This post she, Addy, and Cooper had flagged as odd—and the fact that Jake, of all people, seems to be involved in making it—Mrs. Macauley texted back to say... (full context)
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...to stage a car crash in the parking lot. Bronwyn pulls up a picture of Jake on her phone and asks if that’s who paid him; Sam gravely replies that he... (full context)
Chapter 28
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...fighting with Janae, he had a thing for Keely, and used to be friends with Jake. Cooper adds that Simon deleted Cooper’s original About That post, but Bronwyn corrects him, stating... (full context)
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The group turns to a folder about Jake next—when they’re adding information about him, Ashton speaks up to explain that Jake is a... (full context)
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...them all for murder was “his version of a school shooting.” Kris speaks up again—if Jake wasn’t Simon’s killer, he must be his accomplice. Cooper marvels at Kris and Bronwyn, the... (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 else that the two... (full context)
Chapter 29
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Thursday evening, Addy sits at home, reading through the About This blog and wondering whether Jake could really be responsible for it. She remembers an odd detail from the day of... (full context)
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...from his clique’s after-prom party. Simon originally planned only those three as his targets—but then Jake found out that Simon had rigged the votes so he’d be on the prom court.... (full context)
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Janae reveals that Simon and Jake were excited about working together because no one would ever realize what they were doing,... (full context)
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Janae reveals that while Jake kept posting to the new About This blog, Janae urged Jake to stop before things... (full context)
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...keeps anything locked. When Addy asks about why Cooper’s entry was changed, Janae reveals that Jake made Simon change it, purportedly to spare Cooper’s reputation. Janae thinks, though, that Jake did... (full context)
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...the police, she herself would be in trouble for “aiding and abetting.” She reveals that Jake has been reminding her of all she stands to lose. At that moment, the doorbell... (full context)
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Addy tells Janae to let Jake in and do to him exactly what he did to Janae. She offers to hide... (full context)
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Jake enters the dining room and flips on the lights; he is enraged at the sight... (full context)
Chapter 30
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...“whole thing” has “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... (full context)
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In the week since Jake was arrested, he has been charged with numerous counts of assault, obstruction of justice, and... (full context)
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...physically; the “emotional stuff,” however, is taking longer to process. She is both angry at Jake and in mourning for the person she thought he was; her heart has been hurt... (full context)