ARC Review: The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovet by Chelsea Sedoti

Release Date: January 3, 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Format: Kindle
Pages: 400 pages
Genre: YA Romance
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Hawthorn wasn't trying to insert herself into a missing person's investigation. Or maybe she was. But that's only because Lizzie Lovett's disappearance is the one fascinating mystery their sleepy town has ever had. Bad things don't happen to popular girls like Lizzie Lovett, and Hawthorn is convinced she'll turn up at any moment-which means the time for speculation is now.

So Hawthorn comes up with her own theory for Lizzie's disappearance.  A theory way too absurd to take first. The more Hawthorn talks, the more she believes. And what better way to collect evidence than to immerse herself in Lizzie's life? Like getting a job at the diner where Lizzie worked and hanging out with Lizzie's boyfriend. After all, it's not as if he killed her-or did he?

Told with a unique voice that is both hilarious and heart-wrenching, Hawthorn's quest for proof may uncover the greatest truth is within herself.


Everyone love Lizzie Lovett except Hawthorne.  Hawthorne feels like a square peg being forced into a round hole.  Her mother is a hippie who changed her name to Sparrow, her brother was a football player who once dated Lizzie.  When Lizzie goes missing Hawthorne becomes obsessed with Lizzies life.  She immerses herself in Lizzies life. In doing this she tries to find her place in the world.  This book is less about Lizzie than it is about a coming of age novel of Hawthorne and finding your way when you don't quite fit in.

When Sparrow's hippie friends come to town and camp in Hawthorne's back yard she finds that sometimes not fitting in can sometimes be freeing.  Between her investigation into Lizzies life and learning that she may not be as different as she thinks Hawthorne starts to find herself and her inner strength.

Very well done, quirky and filled with interesting characters. This book reminded me a bit of the Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky which I also really enjoyed.  The writing was excellent and the voices of the characters believable. Very well done.

Disclaimer: I received an advanced readers copy of this book through from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.