Length: 400 pages
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
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Source: I received a free ARC from the publisher at BEA. This didn't affect my honest review. Thanks Sourcebooks!
Goodreads Summary: 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?
My ReivewDescribe The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett in Three Words: Weird. Captivating. Likable.
I was immediately hypnotized by Hawthorn's story. Hawthorn is funny, delightfully weird, and easily has the biggest imagination of any character I have ever met before, making her that much more likable. Hawthorn becomes fascinated with the disappearance of Lizzie Lovett, a popular girl that graduated her high school a few years ago. Not a lot usually happens in Hawthorn's small town so she decides to take a special interest in the disappearance. Thus begins her very random and amazing journey to self discovery and to finding out what actually happened to Lizzie.
This book is extremely hard to categorize. It's a coming of age story with some mystery and humor thrown in. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett is well written and unique. The mystery aspect surrounding Lizzie's disappearance is handled well. I never had Lizzie far from my mind while reading, and the excellent pacing of the story along with Hawthorn's imagination is to thank for that.
If you decide to read this book, which you should, you will be laughing from page one and cringing throughout at the many crazy things that Hawthorn does, but not in a bad way. I loved everything about this book, from the small town setting to the eccentric main character. I don't want to say too much more because I refuse to give away any important plot points.
The Verdict: Take a chance on Hawthorn. Follow her as she figures out what real friendship is, has her first real kiss, struggles with how to deal with her different family members, and figures out real life while still holding on to her active imagination.