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The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett
Release date: January 3rd, 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Young adult
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.
This story was heartbreaking and at the same time so real. It is about a girl named Hawthorn that has trouble at school, she is bullied constantly and has weird ideas about the world and people. One day the most popular girl disappears and everybody is in shock!
Lizzie Lovett is the most beautiful, perfect, flawless girl in Griffin Mills, and Hawthorn is exactly the opposite. Rush, her brother is so overwhelmed about the idea of Lizzie disappearing and her sister Hawthorn did not actually care!
Hawthorn usually has this “word vomit” moments in which she says things and later regrets saying them. She has barely one friend, Emily, and recently Emily has been acting strange. Hawthorn becomes OBSESSED with Lizzie’s disappearance and is willing to get to the bottom of this, because: WHY WOULD THE MOST POPULAR AND BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN SCHOOL DISAPPEAR WITHOUT A TRACE…. RIGHT!?
I really liked this book, it was admirable how Chelsea described the Hawthorn’s world. Hawthorn is so vulnerable and strong at the same time. She created the world only she believed in. She came up with all these extraordinary explanations for Lizzie’s disappearance and tried to make everybody believe her. Also, tries to become desperately into Lizzie, and follows basically everything she did, even met her boyfriend, Enzo.
I really loved Hawthorn’s voice. IT was so original and fragile. There are very funny moments and there are others in which I could feel my heart breaking and my stomach turning around. This story is about how our mind is so strong and powerful and makes us believe many things, both good and bad. This book kind of dismantled me all through it!
My favorite quotes were:
“Look”, I said, “I didn’t mean to be weird or anything. I just thought I should say something, because it would be weirder to act all quiet around you so you’d wonder if I was like, thinking you killed her, which I wasn’t. Well. Maybe a tiny bit. You didn’t kill her, did you?”
“Hawthorn, running from your demons only gives them more power.”