The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

Title: The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti
Release Date: August 25th, 2017
Format: Kindle edition (400 pages); Audiobook (9 hrs and 38 mins)
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, New Adult
Published By: Sourcebooks Fire; Audiobook: Recorded Books
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
two-stars
I decided to join the Big Library Read and frankly, the cover and blurb looked appealing. I realize the author was trying to shine a light on high school/teenager angst but I don’t think the author did a good job.

It was completely unnecessary to make Hawthorn so out of touch with reality and with everyone around her in order to drive home the message.
It was hard getting a sense of who Hawthorn was because she literally spent most of her time thinking about Lizzie Lovett. The inner musings of Hawthorn reveal a very self absorbed, self-centered individual. It disturbs me that a girl who is getting ready for college kept advancing a werewolf theory when a girl was missing. This was really a problem for me. In addition, it would have been much more effective if the author introduced Lizzie to the readers from a perspective of someone who actually knew her as well as from Hawthorn’s view.

I was hoping the author would have really used Hawthorn’s best friend, her brother and his friend Connor to mature and change the Hawthorn but it was done in such a minuscule way that it didn’t affect the story that much. I felt bad for her “best friend” Emily because I saw no evidence of a friendship there. I found Connor and Hawthorn’s connection with Enzo to be more effective in getting Hawthorn to think about herself. It was the time with these two that Hawthorn voice things she wanted to do or how she wanted to be treated. In these moments, I connected with teenager and got glimpses of a girl who wanted to be seen.

This story could have been much better but it fell way short of my expectations. The title was misleading and the author didn’t craft characters that the readers could relate to and care about. I kept reading to confirm my suspicions about Lizzie. This theme is an important one but the story wasn’t constructed well enough to make an impact.

I now need to know how OverDrive and the libraries across the United States chose this book to make a national read.

I have lost trust and faith in them and I am curious to know why they pushed this book to the public.

Ezi