Loved this story. I first heard about this book in April from a Bustle article that had the cover reveal and a preview of chapter one. I read the preview and was hooked.
Hawthorn Creely is so strange, curious, awkward,
inappropriate and fragile, you can’t help but adore her. This book is filled
with so much teenage angst and clouded judgement that is beautifully written.
Hawthorn is an outsider, in a very real sense, she has one single friend and even that relationship is fragile. She is imaginative and surly and pessimistic. The book is told through Hawthorn’s perspective and shows how she inserts herself wholly and so inappropriately into the investigation of the disappearance of Lizzie Lovett. Lovett has graduated high school and has moved away to an adjoining town, but Hawthorn is fixated on Lizzie as the high school star cheerleader and cannot move beyond this single image of Lizzie.
Sedoti does a fantasy job of creating a flawed narrator that the reader can like, berate, laugh with and laugh at and support. The story deals with some tough adolescent issues of friendships, family relations, peer pressure, bullying, sex and mental health.
Thanks to Soucebooks Fire for granting me access to this
ARC. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett is available on NetGalley
and is slated to be published on January 1, 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