The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti
The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett
Author: Chelsea Sedoti
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: January 3, 2017
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
Jen’s Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
REVIEW: This is one of those books that kept me reading until the very end. Hawthorn is that teenage angsty girl who at the end of this novel comes to several realizations pertaining to her life. She is that person that is hopeful and believes in the unseen, that has no friends, but wishes for many. A girl that that at first doesn’t admit that she is jealous of Lizzie’s life, but as the book progresses she acknowledges everything she envied about her.
“Instead of paying attention to the game that night, my eyes were on Lizzie Lovett as she smiled and laughed and joked with her friends. And I wanted what she had. I wanted her charisma. I wanted to be that comfortable in my own skin. i wanted to have a high school experience that was as much fun as hers seemed to be.”
Hawthorn begins to live as Lizzie did by including herself into her job and befriending her boyfriend Enzo (Lorenzo). She begins to see that not everything is as she thought and Lizzie’s life is more complicated than she ever expected. There are secrets she kept, an ever changing personality, and an obsession with wolves.
“Lizzie the wolf-lover wanted to camp at a very specific spot during the full moon. I thought about how Lizzie had changed since high school. No more glossy-magazine-cover Lizzie. She became unkempt. A little wild-looking. She became a girl who loved nature and had a thing for wolves.”
I was taken further in by Hawthorn’s growth in this novel. The more I read, the more I came to love her character. There was depth, heartbreak, mystery, and an expansive amount of lore on wolves and werewolf’s. Even though Hawthorn’s theory seemed implausible, it brought her closer to the truth. And through the life and lies of Lizzie Lovett, she brought more meaning to her own life.
“It was January, the beginning of a new year, and it felt like a fresh start. My life was changing, but for once, that was a good thing. I felt like I was seeing the world more clearly.”
I didn’t know how much I would love this book until I realized I couldn’t place it down. Chelsea Sedoti brings plenty of emotion and humor into these pages. Keeps you wanting more. A great read for the new year.
***I received this copy from Sourcebooks Fire via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***