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.
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.
The Nitty Gritty:
- Title: The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett
- Author: Chelsea Sedoti
- Publisher: Sourcebooks
- Pub Date: January 3, 2017
- Pages: 398
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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?
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