~ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review~
When Lizzie Lovett disappears mysteriously while camping with her boyfriend, Hawthorn Creely doesn’t care. Why should she? Until she decides to find out why she did and creates a pretty strange theory to explain.
I guess I’m in the middle with THE HUNDRED LIES OF LIZZIE LOVETT. I didn’t absolutely love it but I didn’t despise it either. It was a book that was easily readable and, while I actually didn’t like Hawthorn at all, she was a strangely fascinating character to read. I’m purely giving this three stars because of Sedoti’s writing and the voice of Hawthorn she created.
But for the majority of the book, I was mainly sitting there going, “Really?” Would a seventeen-year-old girl really believe a girl turned into a werewolf? (Maybe if Hawthorne was younger, it would’ve worked but seventeen?) Would the boyfriend of Lizzie Lovett, who is twenty-five, really sleep with a seventeen-year-old girl? And could Hawthorn really fall in love with a missing girl’s boyfriend? Also, Hawthorne’s apparent “Search” for Lizzie is the biggest reach I’ve ever seen. She just followed non-existent clues to solve the disappearance of a girl she didn’t even know. The story dragged on for so long, filled with so much unnecessary details, and explanations. The werewolf theory sounds interesting, and I was hoping it would go somewhere but it didn’t.
While I liked the voice of Hawthorn, everything about her was similar to other contemporary YA protagonists. She’s an outcast, no one will understand her, and she only realises the world doesn’t revolve around her until someone has to yell at her. In some scenes, she pretty sarcastic, using it as a defence against the Mean Girl™ and her group. But was I supposed to be cheering her on when she just slut shames her in front of everyone? I just thought she would rise above that since she knows what it’s like to feel crappy about yourself.
Overall, it was an okay read. A bit strange but it’s not necessarily a book I would go out of my way to recommend to other readers.
Expected publication: January 3rd 2017 by Sourcebooks