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

After that, I started to get fascinated by the whole situation, mostly because I noticed a bunch of weird stuff. Which was how I figured out Lizzie Lovett’s secret.
 The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti follows Hawthorn Creely, with all of her quirks and insecurities, as she delves deeply into uncovering the reason behind a local girl’s disappearance. Determined to leave no theory unexplored, Hawthorn takes to the woods where the disappearance occurred to satiate her need for answers.
Lizzie Lovett went into the woods and never came out. But I would. I would come back with all her secrets.
Lizzie Lovett appears to everyone, especially Hawthorn, as the eptiome of perfect highschool popularity- pretty, well-liked and stuck-up. She is the opposite of Hawthorn in every way. However, as the story progresses, Hawthorn learns this may not be quite true. A complicated love interest, developed as a result of her investigation, helps her see that.
Lizzie was… magnetic. But once you started talking to her, you realized there was no substance. She’s the kind of person who can be summed up in one sentence. You’re strange and complicated and sometimes really frustrating, but that’s what makes you interesting, Hawthorn. Doesn’t that mean something?

As the plot move along it becomes more about Hawthorn finding herself in the midst of finding answers to the disappearance of Lizzie Lovett. As she learns more about Lizzie’s life post-high school she quickly sees life doesn’t revolve around popularity and cliques. She learns that you are not defined by people but rather by yourself.

I would never have the guts to walk away from everything and everyone I knew. I thought of Lizzie, of course. Like Sundog, she shed her old skin and became someone new, started over from scratch. I wished I had their courage.
Hawthorns theories about Lizzie take both sinister and fantastical turns satisfying her need for adventure and mystery. Eventually she comes to learn the truth and is left with the stark realization that things, and people, aren’t always what they seem.
There was no shapeshifting involved. Hers was a much simpler story than that. Afterward, everyone nodded and said of course, of course, as if they’d known what happened all along. But they didn’t. How could they have known? Their guesses were as good as mine.
Sedoti has crafted a solid coming-of-age tale that will be easily relatable to anyone who has ever felt to be a little outside of “normal”.
Read voraciously.
Intrigued? Buy the book here:
The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett
by Sedoti, ChelseaHardcover
A review copy of this title was provided by Sourcebooks Fire via Netgalley.

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