Title: THE HUNDRED LIES OF LIZZIE LOVETT
Author: Chelsea Sedoti
Publication Date: January 3, 2017
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.
From the very first page, this voice in this story knocked me off my feet and had me laughing out loud. Literally. If I wasn’t laughing, I could feel my face reacting to the words without being able to control it. Smiling. Smirking. Surprised. It was amazing.
The story flows so quickly and easily, a lot of that in part to the authentic dialogue. All of it is so spot on it seems effortless. And Hawthorn is such a genuine character. I love her because she is super snarky and hating on high school, but admits that she does want to belong and enjoy it and can’t figure out why she doesn’t.
That is so fresh because a lot of YA books have the MC hating high school and all the social circles, and too cool to care if they belong or not. I think a lot of us are more in the Hawthorn frame of mind – we know we don’t fit in but part of wishes we did. This is the catalyst to helping Hawthorn, and ourselves, find out who we are and how to belong as the best version of ourselves.
Sure, Hawthorn did that sort of becoming someone else, but in the end, it works for her. And all of the supportive characters surrounding Hawthorn have purpose and add to the likability of this story. It’s fun to see all the theories come in and I could just picture real people throwing in their wild two cents about where Lizzie would go. Even though the mystery wasn’t mind-blowing, it was page-turning and enough to keep Hawthorn going, which is the whole point.
I can’t recommend this book enough. It has all the good signs of an amazing story and I can’t wait to see what comes next from Chelsea Sedoti.