The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Lizzie Lovett disappeared on a camping trip with her boyfriend. High schooler Hawthorn Creely only had a limited knowledge of the girl, but she knew that she was a cheerleader, popular and someone that everyone wanted to be around. In The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett it becomes Hawthorn's personal mission to find out just what happened to Lizzie Lovett. Hawthorn takes on her personal challenge by getting into Lizzie's head—taking her job, following her footsteps, and even taking her boyfriend.
This is one of the most realistic YA novels I've read in awhile. Nothing's perfect, but nothing is so horribly wrong in Hawthorn's life either, which is what it's like for most teens. So instead of creating some cheap drama with her friends or her family, she seeks out her own adventure, even if that adventure leads to some hard realities about life and death. Hawthorn seems smarter and stronger than the kids around her, particularly the one who bullies her, but there is a tender heart inside Hawthorn that doesn't even begin to feel much until she starts feeling for others, rather than herself.
At times funny, at other times sad, the authenticity in the character's voice is what makes you want to keep turning the pages. If you love any type of YA, this is the next one you should pick up.
*Received a copy of this book from NetGalley
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