The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett // Chelsea Sedoti
I was convinced there was a secret factory somewhere in town, spitting out people from a mold. And I came out defective.
When high school cheerleader, Lizzie Lovett, goes missing, teenage misfit, Hawthorn Creely decides to get a little overly involved in the investigation. Hawthorn becomes completely obsessed with Lizzie's life when she has discovered what she thinks happened to Lizzie when she went missing. She ends up taking Lizzie's job - even her boyfriend. Are all of these risks worth taking if it means finding herself in the process?
Thoughts // Review
I'm going to write this review slightly differently than I have in the past because, I have so many conflicting thoughts about this book that it will be difficult for me to put them all into a fluid and connected thought process. So I'm going to try and tell you my thoughts in a sort of list format.
What I Liked
- I really did enjoy Hawthorn in the sense that, although she got on my nerves, she felt very real. The issues that she dealt with were real, and some people really are misfits, and are treated poorly because of it. So this was relatable.
- It was fast paced, and the mystery element constantly had me wondering what was going to end up happening at the end, so this made for a quick read.
- The ending. I felt that it was satisfying but still left open interpretation for exactly what happened next in Hawthorn's life.
What I Disliked
- The dialogue style that the author set in place for the characters. I enjoyed Hawthorn's inner monologue, but when it came to the words she actually spoke, I found myself hating her. I don't think it was because I disliked the character, however; I think it was because I didn't always love the author's choices in how Hawthorn was portrayed. She spoke as though she was a middle schooler, but had the thoughts of someone far beyond her years. This didn't match up.
- The romance was cringe worthy. Four words for Hawthorn: what are you thinking?
What I Was Confused About
- Hawthorn really seemed to need professional help. Her theory on how Lizzie went missing had a paranormal element, but Hawthorn REALLY believed that it happened. Sure, there are kids with amazing imaginations, but few of them truly believe and/or understand the gravity of what the truth would actually mean. Her obsession with Lizzie was entirely out of control, and I feel like Hawthorn's obsessions and beliefs were displayed as a personality trait rather than an actual personality disorder. So therefore, I wonder if this is a misrepresentation of someone suffering from mental illness. On the other hand, there are plenty of other novels that I absolutely love, that don't directly address mental illness, it is simply insinuated throughout the novel via descriptions of behavior and thought processes. So I guess I don't really know what to think here. Did I miss something? Am I a bad person for kind of enjoying this book even though it may be a misrepresentation of something that I actually personally struggle with? Is it even a misrepresentation of mental illness? Am I over thinking this?
*Thank you NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for providing an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*