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.
I didn’t know what to think when I started this book. With audiobooks, I go into them expecting them to be misses sometimes.
The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett was quirky and unexpected. I went in the story expecting a contemporary with a hint of mystery, and what I found was a profound look at social perception and a main character not aware of her strengths and weaknesses. I wasn’t sure at first, but the more I listened to it, the more I wanted an excuse to listen to the audiobook.
First off, I loved Hawthorn’s name. She hated it, but I think it made her even more unique than she already was. Second, I loved her personality. Here’s the thing: there were plenty of times where Hawthorn made me cringe – but that’s what I loved most about her. I related to her. I understood her. The romance she had with Enzo was weird, but it fit the ideas that Hawthorn had built her life around. While she had her insufferable moments, it made sense that a teenage girl that didn’t go with the same grain as everyone else would assume the only guy that would show interest in her was someone else’s boyfriend (even someone who was missing and possibly dead). Still, my favorite romance was the one that didn’t stand out. The guy that Hawthorn didn’t see as an option held my heart.
She had interesting relationships with everyone in her life. I loved her brother and would have liked even more of him. He and Hawthorn had a lot to do to make their relationship work. Her best friend, frankly, irritated me, but as the book was told from Hawthorn’s POV, it made since why she did. Lastly, I enjoyed the small touches that Sedoti added to Hawthorn’s life to make this story even more unique: a hippy caravan, an unlikely approach at the future, and an interesting family dynamic.
The storyline was quirky. So quirky that I expected the book to turn into a paranormal romance, even though I knew in my heart it didn’t belong in that genre. I enjoyed that most about the book. Things changed page to page, and I honestly wasn’t sure how the book would end. There were werewolf adventures, horrible high school experiences, and a main character equally lovable as she was cringe-worthy.
I highly suggest this as an audiobook. I listen to a lot of audiobooks, and the narrator did a wonderful job of creating an atmosphere. For a book as strange as this one, that was crucial to enjoying the book. Chelsea Sedoti’s debut has me excited for her next novel. If you enjoy mystery and quirky, sometimes unaware characters, add this one to your list.