The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I'd like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book!
This is a review of an ARC.
In The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett, our narrator, Hawthorn, is intrigued when Lizzie Lovett goes missing. Well not intrigued. Obsessed. Sure they weren't ever friends, but that doesn't stop Hawthorn from being infatuated with the case of the local missing popular girl. Now this is the point where you think "oh no, this better not be another case of a Nancy Drew wannabe." To which I shall reply: No. No it's not. While, Hawthorn is genuinely invested with the girls disappearance, she never actually does anything productive in terms of helping with it (thank goodness, I mean I'm so sick of YA characters who run around solving dangerous crimes without reporting anything to the police.) She makes up weird theories, wanders around the woods, and says insensitive things. That's one of the best things about this novel. The teenagers are teenagers. Hawthorn is selfish, self-centred, quirky, at times annoying and rude, but most of all, lonely and confused about who she is. However none of that means that she is a bad person. She is one of the greatest and realest narrators I've had the pleasure of encountering. And as for poor Lizzie Lovett: her disappearance is not the true focus of this book, but instead an event that sets about change in our other characters. A true coming-of-age novel.
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