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


ashley | Stories about missing people and secrets always find themselves in my to-read pile, so it’s no surprise that The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti ended up there. 

Lizzie Lovett has gone missing and typically-disinterested Hawthorne finds herself obsessed with the case, seeing it as something to add a bit of excitement to her boring old life. You can tell Hawthorne finds her life boring, her voice is all over the place, her imagination runs wild on tangents about zombies and terrorists and she speaks without a filter. These kinds of characters are a lot to handle and it took me a little while to warm up to the tone of the book because the whole thing is written as Hawthorne reciting the events of the story.

I quickly got used to it, but Hawthorne kind of bugged me, for reasons other than the tone of voice. Yet, at the same time I also felt like she was a kindred spirit, growing up in a small town she didn’t fit in with, bored and always having her expectations shattered. There were a lot of great passages about high school and not fitting in and feeling like you have no friends that I thought were really realistic and well written. But she had an awful attitude, a very stand-off approach to life and to people and acted out in ways that made her come off as kind of a bad person. She isn’t, but she plays into the role and can’t seem to break free from it.

This story isn’t so much about finding the missing Lizzie or unraveling her secrets, but more of watching Hawthorne use this as a catalyst to add some excitement to her life, to make up stories to shelter herself from her own life. I don’t feel as though much really happens in this, but it feels very much like a coming of age read and in the end, the reflection of everything you just read carries that coming of age messaging.

There were parts I really loved, but also parts that I got a bit tired of. Overall I felt a little lukewarm about it. I`m glad I read it, Hawthorne is an interesting new character and it was a decent read, I just wasn`t left feeling wowed or moved or really much of anything one way or the other. Which, really, speaks to my kinship with Hawhtorne overall.


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january 3, 2017

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