Book Review · Contemporary · YA Fiction

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti: Book Review

25546710A 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.

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett is an unexpected contemporary novel. Readers will jump in expecting one thing but receiving another- not that the unexpected direction isn’t well written or exciting, just that it’s a little bit disorienting as you try to erase your misconceptions on how the summary presents the story. Although it is correct in that Hawthorne, our protagonist, does insert herself into the investigation of Lizzie Lovett’s disappearance, the way in which she does so is unique. Her extremely wild imagination crafts a ridiculous theory as to how Lizzie might have gone missing and she then plunges herself into an “investigation”.

I enjoyed the format of the novel, as readers learn about the characters through the lens of Lizzie Lovett’s disappearance. We begin to familiarize ourselves with Hawthorne’s personality by the way she navigates her so-called investigation. As she submerges herself into Lizzie’s life, the image of who Hawthorne is begins to clear. Personally, I believe that The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett is a story about loneliness and the desire to be accepted. Nearly every characters’ voice in context to Lizzie was wistful, sometimes even painful. With this literary technique, Sedoti crafts a concise but compelling realistic fiction novel that most people can find themselves in.

The next book I’ll be reviewing will be quite the deviation from my last two contemporary novels- The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. Look out for that post soon!

Last review: The Way I Used To Be by Amber Smith

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