October 6, 2022


One of us is Next

Phoebe , the protagonist in One of us Is Next , has a few traits that influence her relationships with others.

One, she is brave. Two, she is Strong .  Three, she is sneaky.

These traits influence her relationships with others. “It’s gone dark, and I press the Home button to reactivate the screen. Phoebe slept with her sister Emma’s boyfriend.” sneaky comes into play here when Phoebe cheats on her boyfriend with her sister’s boyfriend. This is sneaky because not only are you being deceitful to your boyfriend, your sister too, and phoebe tried  to do this secretly. 

Later, on page 90, Brandon  interacts with Phoebe, basically molesting  her. “Brandon doesn’t listen. He forces another kiss on me, moving his body just enough that I can get an arm free. I keep my lips pressed tightly together against his probing tongue, reaching up to grab a fistful of his hair. I pull his head backward, then let go and slap him as hard as I can across the face” phoebe’s response here deepens a reader’s sense of her being Strong , and sparks a feeling of Anger that Brandon did this to her. I think she is strong because to go through that experience it’s very sad and a problem in this world today but for her to fight back and to make him stop shows that she is a strong woman.

One of Us Is Lying

In One of Us is Lying ( the book before One of Us is Next in the series) Nate  is a dynamic character. His archetype changes over the course of the book. At the beginning of the book, he is the archetypal criminal. This can be seen on page 47 in One of Us is Lying , where the author writes: “I was picked up for selling weed over the summer and i’m on probation”.

But by page 355, Nate has begun to transform into the archetypal player .  He dates Bronwyn and this changed him positively and he’s not doing that many bad things .  Evidence of this is on page 355 it says “Brownyn you are the best thing that ever happened to me”

Nate is no longer the person who sells drugs .

A reader might predict that the turning point for Nate comes in the next book. One of us is Next . Page 358  encourages this  “ I finally let myself smile, and now that I let that happen I can’t stop. That’s okay though. I catch his reflection in the backseat window , and he can’t stop either. This shows how Nate has feelings for Browyn and he is going to change for the better.