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. (Goodreads)
*I received this ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
4/5 stars, slow start
When I heard about The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett, I immediately went to request it on NetGalley. I was pretty surprised and excited when I was approved and jumped right into reading it. The character voice reeled me in and kept me consistently interested in the situations and relationships. There are some downsides to this book, but they are in equal company to what I enjoyed about it.
To start, I'm finding myself more and more interested in the main character's voice when I'm reading. Hawthorn had a distinctly young and funny voice. She was honest and endearing, relatable and strong. Her voice made up for the unreliable things she said, did, and thought. At more than one point in the book, I wondered if she was just quirky or needed someone to talk to seriously about how her mind processes grief and shock. Overall, Hawthorn was alarmingly naive just to hide the truth of the situation, but I found myself rooting for her and enjoying my time inside her head.
The plot was good, but not the strongest. Hawthorn didn't really know Lizzie Lovett—which would be fine, but she created this entire fake personality and beliefs about this girl based on a ten-minute conversation and the facade the titular character exuded in high school. In the end, the strongest message I got from the plot and the characters is that it's hard to really know a person sometimes.
The characters and relationships in this book were mesmerizing and frustrating in balanced parts. The strange brother/sister dynamic between Rush and Hawthorn was something I desperately wanted to see more of, but was denied. I had a strong love/hate relationship with Enzo because, on one hand, he seemed like a genuinely lost and lonely, well-meaning guy, but, on the other hand, he was seeing all the red flags of being around Hawthorn and not doing anything to stop it. I felt weird while reading the Hawthorn and Enzo scenes because I knew it was wrong, but I also craved seeing them together more? It was bizarre, which I suppose was the point. This was to the author's credit. She made me so invested in Hawthorn that I became invested in Hawthorn's relationships. And lastly, I wanted more Connor. That's all I'll say.
When it came to the ending, it was satisfying and not satisfying at the same time. I believe I felt this way because of how big Hawthorn had built the whole thing up in her head. I even went to so far as to believe Hawthorn's crackpot theory and create some of my own, which is the sign of a great story despite it's ridiculousness.
Yes, it was charming, funny, honest, and real (or was it??)
The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett is set to be published January 3, 2017.