“Nothing is ever as exciting as you imagine it’s going to be”(Sedoti 133).
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Spoiler-free review: I really enjoyed reading this book! First off, I loved the way it was written. Everything was so real—the dialogue, the characters, the plot… especially the ending. With that said, the synopsis was a bit misleading and I don’t think this novel should be classified under ‘mystery’. Instead, it had more of a ‘coming-of-age’ feel, for throughout the story, Hawthorn continues to change and learn new things. Though Hawthorn was a bit immature for her age (she thought Lizzie had turned into a werewolf!), I feel like it made the novel more enjoyable and lighthearted.
I especially loved the romance in this novel! Enzo (Lizzie’s ex-boyfriend) and Hawthorn’s relationship reminded me of Aria’s and Ezra’s from Pretty Little Liars because of the age gap. Enzo is 25 and Hawthorn is 17, so it was definitely a little odd! But I feel like it really made the book whole, and though it wasn’t necessarily ‘right’, I believe that their relationship played a big part in Hawthorn’s character development. As a protagonist, Hawthorn is very relatable and definitely not perfect. She is awkward, frank, and amidst trying to figure herself out.
Overall, I really loved reading about Hawthorn, and I will definitely check out the author’s future novels!
I hope y’all enjoyed and thank you for reading this post! You are amazing! ❤️—Rishika
Citation for picture: Sedoti, Chelsea. “The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett.” Goodreads , 2017, http://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/25546710-the-hundred-lies-of-lizzie-lovett.