The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

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......

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Title:The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett
Author:Chelsea Sedoti
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Number of Pages:398 pages

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett Reviews

  • Anna Priemaza
    Jan 27, 2016

    This book. THIS BOOK. I love it so much I want to eat it.

    At this moment, having just finished it, I feel like I have never before loved a book as much as I love this book.

    Hawthorn Creely is this obnoxious, endearing, brilliantly voicey teen who wants there to be more to the world than what she sees every day. Because the world she sees is hard. And lonely.

    Chelsea doesn't hit you over the head with Hawthorn's I-so-desperately-want-to-hug-her loneliness, though. Instead, she delivers it subtly

    This book. THIS BOOK. I love it so much I want to eat it.

    At this moment, having just finished it, I feel like I have never before loved a book as much as I love this book.

    Hawthorn Creely is this obnoxious, endearing, brilliantly voicey teen who wants there to be more to the world than what she sees every day. Because the world she sees is hard. And lonely.

    Chelsea doesn't hit you over the head with Hawthorn's I-so-desperately-want-to-hug-her loneliness, though. Instead, she delivers it subtly in these sock-you-in-the-gut lines. Like:

    "But really, I was most afraid of turning my phone back on and finding out no one had even tried to get ahold of me."

    or

    "A burrito tastes good even if you're eating alone."

    Instead of facing that hard world, Hawthorn obsesses about the disappearance of Lizzie Lovett, losing herself in a ridiculous theory that she may or may not actually believe. And is brilliant and heart-breaking and hilarious while doing so. (Examples: "Didn't your parents ever tell you opinions should be left to people with brains?" and "I wanted his ice cream to fall off the cone and onto the pavement on a really hot day. I wanted him to read a really great mystery, only to find someone had ripped out the end pages where it was solved.")

    The book positively sings with narrative voice, and is full of so many gorgeous lines, and I can't recommend it enough. Read this book. Just read this book.

  • Jilly Gagnon
    Feb 27, 2016

    I LOVED Lizzie Lovett! Hawthorn is so achingly real, and flawed, and funny; the story pulls you along; and Sedoti's voice is so fresh and vibrant--I was sad to reach the end!

    Perfect for anyone who felt like an outsider looking in when they were young (or still)--with this as her debut, I'm v v eager to see what Sedoti writes next!

  • Keira Drake
    Mar 30, 2016

    SPOILER-FREE REVIEW!

    Okay. I had to take a few days before I reviewed this one, because it sort of destroyed me emotionally. This is one of the best YA novels I have ever read. Seriously. The writing is effortless, the dialogue completely natural. It is an exploration of what it is like to be the sort of person who doesn't fit in. Someone who is creative, imaginative, someone who wants to see magic in the world, someone who yearns for belonging, someone who can never quite be "normal."

    I'm not gon

    SPOILER-FREE REVIEW!

    Okay. I had to take a few days before I reviewed this one, because it sort of destroyed me emotionally. This is one of the best YA novels I have ever read. Seriously. The writing is effortless, the dialogue completely natural. It is an exploration of what it is like to be the sort of person who doesn't fit in. Someone who is creative, imaginative, someone who wants to see magic in the world, someone who yearns for belonging, someone who can never quite be "normal."

    I'm not gonna lie...this book reminded me of THE CATCHER IN THE RYE, in **all** the best ways. In fact, I would go so far as to call it a modern, **even more honest** CATCHER. The world seems split on Holden Caulfield--a lot of people hate his ever-bitching, ever-judging view of the world (I personally love Holden). But Hawthorn Creely is not Holden Caulfield. While she has a keen, observant, sensitive view of the world that allows her to see the flaws, bullshit, and imperfections that many choose to ignore, she admits that she wants to belong. And that is EVERYTHING. Because don't we all?

    Hawthorn is impulsive, imaginative, reckless. She wonders what it is like to be Lizzie Lovett...she fixates...she tries to reconcile the image Lizzie projects with the person she begins to learn about once Lizzie has gone missing. And that's the heart of this story: it's not a big mystery where clues lead a teenage detective toward solving a missing persons case--although you WILL want to keep reading in hopes of finding out WHAT HAPPENED TO LIZZIE? This story is about Hawthorn. It is about our perceptions of others. It is about what it means to fit in, and what it means when you don't, and what it means to search for meaning, and it is BEAUTIFUL.

    I will read every word Chelsea Sedoti ever writes. She reached into my soul where there were hurts long forgotten, questions long unanswered, and helped me to find a tiny bit of peace I didn't even know I needed. Hawthorn broke my heart and put it right back together--without smoothing out all the painful memories that come along with self-discovery.

    This book is beautiful. Read it. Read all of it. I don't think you will be disappointed.

  • Cale Dietrich
    Apr 18, 2016

    THIS BOOK!!!

    I’m actually struggling to write this review, because this book was so incredible and made me FEEL SO MANY THINGS and I’m really worried about spoiling the experience for anyone. But I’ll try. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett is a twisty, complicated and compulsively-readable book that features one of the most complex and fascinating characters in any book I’ve ever read.

    That character is Hawthorn Creely. HAWTHORN CREELY. I am in awe of her, and of Chelsea Sedoti, for creating a cha

    THIS BOOK!!!

    I’m actually struggling to write this review, because this book was so incredible and made me FEEL SO MANY THINGS and I’m really worried about spoiling the experience for anyone. But I’ll try. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett is a twisty, complicated and compulsively-readable book that features one of the most complex and fascinating characters in any book I’ve ever read.

    That character is Hawthorn Creely. HAWTHORN CREELY. I am in awe of her, and of Chelsea Sedoti, for creating a character that contains so many multitudes. She’s tough but also extremely vulnerable, hurt by what other people say but still capable of absolutely DESTROYING her enemies (I would seriously read a whole book of her brutal comebacks). Hawthorn is funny/kind/hurt/blunt/lonely/private/pessimistic/hopeful. What I’m saying is that she’s completely three dimensional and totally human. Her ‘voice’ is so strong, and the book is filled with so many memorable lines and insights that once I started reading, I was well and truly hooked and I couldn’t put it down.

    At its core, this book is a mystery, and it’s a great one. A popular girl named Lizzie Lovett has disappeared, and Hawthorn has a theory about what happened, so she decides to investigate. I thought this was GREAT. I was constantly guessing and trying to figure out what happened to Lizzie, and I found the twists and turns really rewarding. Also, the resolution was perfect and made total sense (which is important to me).

    In summary, this book is incredible. It’s got one of the most memorable YA lead characters in recent memory, and she’s caught up in an incredible mystery (with a great resolution, I might add). I’m obsessed with this book, and I already know I’m going to read every single thing Chelsea Sedoti ever publishes.

  • The Bookavid
    May 05, 2016

    In THE HUNDRED LIES OF LIZZIE LOVETT, Hawthorne gets obsessed with solving the disappearance of a girl from her town.

    It was mostly the unreliable narration part that got my attention here.

    THE HUNDRED LIES OF LIZZIE LOVETT sounds more interesting than it actually is. Surprisingly the book is pretty short on the lying part.

    In THE HUNDRED LIES OF LIZZIE LOVETT, Hawthorne gets obsessed with solving the disappearance of a girl from her town.

    It was mostly the unreliable narration part that got my attention here.

    THE HUNDRED LIES OF LIZZIE LOVETT sounds more interesting than it actually is. Surprisingly the book is pretty short on the lying part.

    If you think about it could be quite a sad story, but the execution is just not making this work.

    Hawthorn is a very strange character. Sedoti has a very strong voice that's super teenager-y and immediately caught my eye. It's definitely memorable and pleasant to read the story from her point of view, but sadly that's the only redeeming factor about THE HUNDRED LIES OF LIZZIE LOVETT.

    Every chapter focuses on Lizzie, a girl that Hawthorn didn't even know! Ugh! With that fantastic character voice there's so much potential, but this is absolutely waste in this incredibly boring non-existent plot without structure.

    If you aren't absolutely invested in this disappearance from the start, THE HUNDRED LIES OF LIZZIE LOVETT is absolutely torture to finish.

    I really wanted to like this, I was rooting for this to succeed and be a fantastic contemporary thriller, but it's right up there with one of the most boring contemporaries I've ever read.

    Rating:

    ★☆☆☆☆

    I wouldn't recommend this, simply because I didn't find anything redeeming in this story.

  • Lala BooksandLala
    Jun 22, 2016

    The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett centers around Hawthorne, a teen girl who becomes obsessed with solving the mystery of fellow missing teen - Lizzie Lovett.

    Our protagonist's voice felt very authentic, but the storyline was just lacking for me. It was very slow and one note; there's not much going on besides this girl trying to follow non existent clues to solve the disappearance of a girl she didn't even know. I never cared about Lizzie and couldn't get on board with Hawthorne either; she was b

    The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett centers around Hawthorne, a teen girl who becomes obsessed with solving the mystery of fellow missing teen - Lizzie Lovett.

    Our protagonist's voice felt very authentic, but the storyline was just lacking for me. It was very slow and one note; there's not much going on besides this girl trying to follow non existent clues to solve the disappearance of a girl she didn't even know. I never cared about Lizzie and couldn't get on board with Hawthorne either; she was bratty, her romance was cringy and the supernatural element of this was so unexpected and a waste of time.

    Honestly, I can't even write a longer review because the second I put it down I forgot almost all character names and plot points. This was just not at all what I was expecting it to be.

    *This copy was provided by the publisher*

  • Cheri
    Jul 19, 2016

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !!

    In this YA Novel, there's a little bit of mystery, a bit of teen angst, and more.

    Hawthorn Creely, daughter of Sparrow, sister to Rush, and whose best friend is Emily. In truth, Emily is her best friend, although I’m not sure the same could be said about Hawthorn being a true best friend to Emily. Hawthorn is a girl who believes that she is unlovable. She’s lonely, she feels alone most of all at school where the pretty girls reign and the boys follow the pretty girls. The pop

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !!

    In this YA Novel, there's a little bit of mystery, a bit of teen angst, and more.

    Hawthorn Creely, daughter of Sparrow, sister to Rush, and whose best friend is Emily. In truth, Emily is her best friend, although I’m not sure the same could be said about Hawthorn being a true best friend to Emily. Hawthorn is a girl who believes that she is unlovable. She’s lonely, she feels alone most of all at school where the pretty girls reign and the boys follow the pretty girls. The popular girls, the popular boys. She’s seventeen, and life can be difficult and confusing during those years, especially for those who feel invisible most of the time, or that they are on the fringe. Hawthorn may not always be likeable, but she is relatable.

    She would never admit that she wants to go to school dances, to parties, to be seen. She can’t even admit that to herself. Everything seems to come so easily to girls like Lizzie Lovett, everyone loves her, even Rush dated Lizzie Lovett for a while. For a time, Hawthorn allowed herself to want to be like Lizzie, but those days are gone.

    One morning Rush comes downstairs with the news that Lizzie Lovett is missing, it’s on the news and he’s beside himself. Missing this girl he once dreamed about, missing that life he once had, those days. Hawthorn only had minutes with Lizzie once, had dreamed of Lizzie taking her under her wing, even. But when Lizzie pretended not to know her, those dreams were crushed.

    There are people that come and go, adding colour, adding smaller story lines, with so many theories about Lizzie Lovett’s disappearance on top of that all, yet the story never gets confusing. The main story still belongs to Hawthorn. Her struggle to be recognized, and ultimately to recognize herself, and her true feelings.

    Pub Date: 01 Jan 2017

    Many thanks to Sourcebooks Fire, NetGalley and to author Chelsea Sedoti providing this ARC

  • Karen
    Aug 31, 2016

    The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

    The writing and prose flow naturally and without effort. The dialogue throughout this book really made the best part of the story. The main character is Hawthorn Creely who can at times be loveable and other times test your patience. She is a lonely teenager who is seventeen years old. She wants to fit in with the other people her age. This is a story about a typical high school girl who feels left out a lot of the time. Hawthorn was named after

    The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

    The writing and prose flow naturally and without effort. The dialogue throughout this book really made the best part of the story. The main character is Hawthorn Creely who can at times be loveable and other times test your patience. She is a lonely teenager who is seventeen years old. She wants to fit in with the other people her age. This is a story about a typical high school girl who feels left out a lot of the time. Hawthorn was named after the hawthorn tree where her parents made love to each other.

    Hawthorn wants to be asked to go to the dances at high school. She feels like she is the only one who doesn't attend them. She has a best friend named Emily and a brother named Rush. For any body that ever felt excluded from the mainstream of every day life in highschool can relate to Hawthorn.

    Lizzie Lovett goes camping with her boyfriend who is twenty-five years old and disappeared. Hawthorn becomes obsessed with Lizzie Lovett's disappearance. The most frustrating part of the story for me was Hawthorn didn't know Lizzie Lovett before she disappeared. I suppose the author is clearly making a point of what it means to be adrift and feel like you don't belong so that could be the reason Hawthorn is so obsessed with Lizzie Lovett. Clearly this is a young adult novel. A girl that Hawthorn goes to school with really gives her a hard time. She must have been jealous of Hawthorn with all the mean spirited things she does.

    It looks like Hawthorn is trying to take Lizzie Lovett's identity. On closer inspection Hawthorn doesn't' feel good about herself. Hawthorn tries to find out everything she can about Lizzie. She gets different opinions from everyone else. She thinks Lizzie's life was perfect.

    One Monday morning Hawthorn is having breakfast with her family and she finds out from her brother Rush that Lizzie and her boyfriend Enzo went camping and in the morning when Enzo woke up Lizzie was gone. Hawthorn reminded me of a loveable misunderstood young girl who is creative but also highly imaginative. She gets a job at the Sunshine cafe taking Lizzie's place as a waitress.

    Christa trains Hawthorn and tells her that Lizzie mostly kept to herself. Lorenzo Calvetti was Lizzie's boyfriend and he still comes in to the Sunshine cafe for coffee and Hawthorn is all too ready to serve him. Hawthorn becomes friends with Enzo. They start visiting the campground where Lizzie was last seen. Here is where you suspend your beliefs because Hawthorn puts the idea into Enzo's head that since Lizzie loved wolves that she turned into a werewolf. This is the part of the story that I have a problem with. The two of them form a friendship based on exploring the woods around the campground where Lizzie was last seen. They actually look for signs of werewolves. It is pretty predictable that Hawthorn and Enzo end up sleeping together. Hawthorn tries to get Enzo to be her boyfriend.

    This is a good place for me to leave the rest of the story for you to discover by reading it.

    I liked the storytelling for the most part. I loved the cover. It is my favorite book cover.

    Thank you to Net Galley, Chelsea Sedoti and Source books publisher for providing me with my advanced readers copy for a fair and honest review of this book.

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    Jan 12, 2017

    I have lots of things to say about this one so expect a video review real soon!

  • Lola  Reviewer
    Feb 20, 2017

    The worst book to be published in January 2017 most likely.