Thank you to the author, Chelsea Sedoti, and the publisher, Sourcebooks, for this advanced e-copy of The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett in exchange for an honest review.
I loved every page of this book. The writing style hooked me right from the get-go with stream-of-consciousness filled with a high school senior’s dry humour, wild imagination, and her struggles with relationships, and life and death.
Hawthorn (named after the tree, not the writer) shines with personality but she’s so obsessed with the popular girl at school, who graduated three years ago, she can’t see past her own nose. Hawthorn figured Lizzie Lovett was out of her life for good, until Lizzie goes missing and no one can stop talking about her. Hawthorn insists she still doesn’t care about Lizzie Lovett, but somehow ends up at Lizzie’s workplace the next town over and meets Lizzie’s boyfriend… the man everyone thinks murdered Lizzie.
Hawthorn has a lot to learn, and none of it has anything to do with Lizzie Lovett
Hawthorn is a beautiful combination of nature and nurture, following her mother’s advice on being careful what you wish for. Instead of wishing for harm to come to those who anger her, Hawthorn gets creative:
“That’s when I started to think bad thoughts. Like how I wished someone would replace Mychelle’s fancy shampoo with a drugstore brand. I wished she would suddenly forget the name of her five favorite songs. I wished every time she microwaved a frozen burrito, the center would stay cold.”
Life in a small town is tough when you’re a social outcast who prefers books to people. Or, so she tells herself. Hawthorn has only one friend and feels relentlessly targeted by her peers as well as simultaneously abandoned yet embarrassed by her family. She’s itching to get out of town but still has no idea what she wants to do with her life.
“Lots of people packed together for their entire lives, all having things to do and people to talk to, and if you’re not a part of it, you feel totally broken.”
It was wonderful to watch Lizzie learn how to make friends and how to keep them, how to create genuine relationships with her family members, and learn to legitimately care about other people instead of throwing her own pity party day after day. After all, there was a reason she was all alone.
The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett is a contemporary coming-of-age novel with mystery and romance elements. It’s filled with dry humour and harsh examinations of life and death.
A teenage misfit named Hawthorn Creely inserts herself in the investigation of missing person Lizzie Lovett, who disappeared mysteriously while camping with her boyfriend. Hawthorn doesn’t mean to interfere, but she has a pretty crazy theory about what happened to Lizzie. In order to prove it, she decides to immerse herself in Lizzie’s life. That includes taking her job… and her boyfriend. It’s a huge risk — but it’s just what Hawthorn needs to find her own place in the world.