Title: The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett
Author: Chelsea Sedoti
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Teens & YA, Contemporary, Mystery
Setting: Small town in Ohio
Source: Net Galley
Release Date: Jan 3, 2017
Hawthorn wasn’t trying to insert herself into a missing person’s investigation. Or maybe she was. But that’s only because Lizzie Lovett’s disappearance is the one fascinating mystery their sleepy town has ever had. Bad things don’t happen to popular girls like Lizzie Lovett, and Hawthorn is convinced she’ll turn up at any moment-which means the time for speculation is now.
So Hawthorn comes up with her own theory for Lizzie’s disappearance. A theory way too absurd to take seriously…at first. The more Hawthorn talks, the more she believes. And what better way to collect evidence than to immerse herself in Lizzie’s life? Like getting a job at the diner where Lizzie worked and hanging out with Lizzie’s boyfriend. After all, it’s not as if he killed her-or did he?
Told with a unique voice that is both hilarious and heart-wrenching, Hawthorn’s quest for proof may uncover the greatest truth is within herself.
From the blurb, this book sounds like it’s more about Hawthorn solving the mystery of Lizzie’s murder, but for me, this book was simply about Hawthorn.
I loved the voice that Sedoti gives this 17 year old girl. It could’ve been me in high school and me even now as an adult sometimes. I didn’t have it quite so rough as Hawthorn, but I relate to the introvertish tendencies that Hawthorn has and her need to escape into stories. I laughed and cried and at one point, I picked the very wrong moment in the book to have to pee in the middle of the night and creeped myself out, lol. (I read this book in one sitting, finishing it at 3:20 am in bed.)
I really don’t have much to say about this book outside of how I felt about it. Well, one thing: I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this book as much as I did considering that it’s Sedoti’s freshmen book. It didn’t read like that at all. Her writing is polished and her dialogue is unique and real. Hawthorn was one of the most real characters I’ve ever read.