Fans of Shirley Jackson Will Love The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

Fans of Shirley Jackson will love The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett. It has the same kind of creepy, cool tone that is so predominant in Jackson’s writing as well as an unreliable narrator, who is reminiscent of Merricat in We Have Always Lived in the Castle, but is also very much her own unique character.


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I recommend pairing this Nevermore Pinot Noir with The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett, since it seems that at least one character will exist “nevermore” by the end of this book.

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The Nitty Gritty:

  • Title: The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett
  • Author: Chelsea Sedoti
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks
  • Pub Date: January 3, 2017
  • Pages: 398

GoodReads Description:

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.


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five-stars

This is one of the most unique books I’ve ever read. There’s an almost psychological thriller feel to it, which isn’t something that I’ve seen much of in YA contemporary fiction. Hawthorn makes for a fascinating main character and is such a perfectly unreliable narrator, she keeps you guessing until the very end.

In some ways Hawthorn is just so your stereotypical teenage protagonist: angst-filled, bullied by school mean girls, and selfish. But she is also so uniquely individual at the time. She sees the world through her own lens, and her perspective is so captivating to read through.

Her behavior seems absolutely bizarre one moment and then somewhat normal the next. You can never guess what she’s going to do or how she’s going to react. Because of her sometimes creepy demeanor, you can’t help the tickle at the back of your mind that keeps you wondering if she had anything to do with Lizzie Lovett’s disappearance.

The thing that makes Hawthorn entirely relatable, particularly for us avid readers, is the way she views regular life as boring. She longs so badly for excitement and adventure, she’ll do some pretty, well, crazy things to try to find it.

This is one of the most interesting approaches to a tale of a self-discovery that I’ve ever read, and I’d highly recommend this to both young adult and adult readers alike. This book would be perfect for a book club, because there is just so much fuel for discussion here. It’s an absolutely enthralling and totally unique read.


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three-stars

I’m torn on this cover. On one hand, I feel like it just doesn’t fit the tone or story AT ALL. But on the other hand, I’m kind of like, well that actually makes complete sense. I really don’t know how to explain that. You will have to read the book to find out what I’m talking about.


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three-stars

While there is a totally swoon-worthy and adorable character in this book. That is SOOO not what this book is about. This book is all about Hawthorn and her creeptastic journey towards self-discovery.


 Best Quotes

“I knew all about reading a lot. About how it could take you to a world that was better than the real one. A world where there were adventures and mysteries and magic. Except, of course, books ended eventually, and then you had to go back to being yourself.”

“Sometimes the crazy people turn out to be right though.”

“The only thing I didn’t like about movies was when the credits rolled and returned me to real life.”

“As long as something was a mystery there was still the potential for amazement.”


Have you read The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett yet? What did you think of it? What did you think of Hawthorn?


*All wine recommendations are for strictly for those of legal drinking age only.*

24 thoughts on “Fans of Shirley Jackson Will Love The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

  1. mhmcneill says:

    I’ve had this one on my TBR for a while … I’m definitely gonna need to read it. P.S. I am totally sending a friend of mine to check out your blog … she loves YA and wine, so it’s a no-brainer. 😉

  2. Mandy says:

    I’ve seen so many mixed reviews on this, but I’m so glad you enjoyed it. It’s definitely being bumped up to the higher part of the TBR pile. It’s been a really long time since I’ve read a book with an unreliable narrator, so I can’t wait to dive into this. Thanks for making this sound so good again, and great review! 🙂

  3. Tiana says:

    I loved the Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett! I am so happy I got the book through your giveaway! Hawthorne really is one of those wonderful quirky characters that you never know what she will end up saying or doing. I’m so glad you enjoyed this book as well. It really is a fun ride.

      • Tiana says:

        I actually reviewed it a couple days ago and the end of it got me to thinking about so many things. It was one of those sad yet hopeful kind of endings. Plus, I loved the relationships between her and her family, even though it was a bit rocky sometimes. It made me so happy to read something so unique and different.

  4. Donna says:

    I wish I drank just to test the book and drinks pairings, haha! I heard mixed opinions on this one but the main character does sound interesting. And my brain gets excited whenever I read “creepy’!

    • YAandWine says:

      Hahaha. No need. That parts just for fun. 😁 I can definitely see how this one would get mixed reviews, but I loved it. I love books that are contemporary but still have that creepy, maybe there’s something inexplicable going on here feel. And I LOVED the MC.

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