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The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

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by Chelsea Sedoti

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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


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 seriously...at 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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
At 17, Hawthorn Creely is only four years younger than Lizzie Lovett, a local woman who has gone missing from a nearby campsite. Hawthorn, still holding a grudge after being dismissed by Lizzie years earlier, becomes fixated on the older girl’s life since high school. Under the guise of investigating her paranormal theory behind Lizzie’s disappearance, Hawthorn befriends Lizzie’s boyfriend, begins waitressing at the diner where she worked, and visits places Lizzie frequented. But Hawthorn’s true motivation often seems to meander from the missing woman: “Maybe, if I showed the world that werewolves existed, people would stop asking me about my plans for the future. No one would care about the future, because I would have already proven myself, accomplished something great.” Hawthorn is self-involved, shortsighted, and often selfish, but Sedoti deftly pulls readers into her head where her yearning for excitement, angst about the future, and insecurity bring further depth to her character. Hawthorn and Lizzie both emerge as surprising, intricate characters whose stories are resonant and memorable. Ages 14–up. Agent: Suzie Townsend, New Leaf Literary & Media. (Jan.)
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"A dark, comedic mystery about a girl's quest for proof that ultimately helps her discover some truths about herself. We officially love Hawthorn. One minute, our heart was breaking with her raw, aching loneliness, then we were laughing with her crazy sideways wisdom. Like Thorny, this book is offbeat, smart and awesome.
" - Justine Magazine

"A solid coming-of-age novel with light spunk and individuality" - Kirkus

"Sedoti's debut offers an enlightening look at the dangers of relying on outward appearances to judge someone's character, and Hawthorn's first-person narrative, filled with obsessive thoughts and, eventually, meaningful reflection, is a lively, engaging vehicle for the story... Fans of character-driven novels will appreciate this.
" - Booklist

"Hawthorn's wildly creative imagination and humor drive this mystery's plot forward...Recommended for teens who appreciate a protagonist with a lively imagination and an acerbic tongue" - School Library Journal

"Sedoti deftly pulls readers into [Hawthorn's] head where her yearning for excitement, angst about the future, and insecurity bring further depth to her character. Hawthorn and Lizzie both emerge as surprising, intricate characters whose stories are resonant and memorable.
" - Publishers Weekly

"Hawthorn is one of the most relatable characters in recent young adult literature. Her unhappiness stems from her inability to connect to people her own age and her subsequent boredom. She lives mostly in her own head, choosing to find magic in movies, books and her imagination rather than the world around her. This mystery is less about finding a missing girl as it is about finding happiness and purpose in a complex, often contradictory world.

" - BookPage

VOYA, December 2016 (Vol. 39, No. 5) - Lucy Schall
When popular, happy Lizzie Lovett goes missing, seventeen-year-old Hawthorn imagines that Lizzie is transitioning into a werewolf. With jealousy cloaked in fantasy, Hawthorn takes Lizzie’s former job and starts hanging around Lizzie’s twenty-something boyfriend, under the guise of investigating what happened to Lizzie. Hawthorn discovers that Lizzie’s high-school star boyfriend has a pathetic post-graduation life. Hawthorn’s obsession over Lizzie allows her to hide from school bullies who harass her about her appearance, her wild ideas, and her mother’s wanna-be hippie lifestyle. Her popular brother, his friend, and Hawthorne’s one good friend criticize and support her throughout her journey, hoping that she will eventually stand up for herself and develop realistic relationships. Following Hawthorn through four hundred pages of teen angst is a disjointed journey filled with jumbled details that muddy the plot and purpose. Losing her virginity to a twenty-something directionless boyfriend is but one irritating part of several bad days. Hawthorn expresses great compassion for the dead Lizzie she never liked, but the search for clues goes nowhere. Perhaps Hawthorne learns about herself, and her desire for more excitement, more adventure, in her life. In the final, rather didactic but light-hearted paragraphs, Hawthorn sums up what she has learned; she promises to see magic, not create it, but she does not have a clear path forward to success. This coming-of-age/mystery novel is character-driven and very light on action. Consider it an additional purchase for most libraries. Reviewer: Lucy Schall; Ages 12 to 18.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Lonely misfit high school senior Hawthorn Creely finds respite from pressure at school and at home by searching for a missing student: popular Lizzie Lovett. There are no clues, burning secrets, or great reveals surrounding Lizzie's disappearance. Instead, Hawthorn's wildly creative imagination and humor drive this mystery's plot forward. In a somewhat disturbing turn of events, she steps into Lizzie's life, taking the missing girl's old job and becoming involved with her boyfriend, Enzo. Hawthorn's insecurities and eventual self-discovery comprise the central themes of the novel as she navigates dates, dances, mean girls, and social isolation. Ultimately, Sundog, a visiting hippie, gives Hawthorn sensible spiritual guidance: "Some people are born knowing their paths from the start. The rest of us take a while to get there." Sage advice indeed. Some readers may be put off by the lack of a traditional whodunit story line as well as by Hawthorn's sometimes odd responses to situations, while other readers may find her eccentricities refreshingly honest and recognize an authentic teen voice. Some mature situations, including sex and drinking, are woven throughout. VERDICT Recommended for teens who appreciate a protagonist with a lively imagination and an acerbic tongue.—Eva Thaler-Sroussi, Glencoe Public Library, IL
Kirkus Reviews
Hawthorn Creely always hated Lizzie Lovett, so why is she distraught when Lizzie goes missing in this seamless blend of mystery and relationship fiction?Nothing big ever happens in small-town, blue-collar Griffin Mills (45 minutes from Pittsburgh), until once-popular Lizzie Lovett disappears while camping with her boyfriend. High school senior Hawthorn (named by her flower-child mother) knew Lizzie when she was a freshman and Lizzie was a senior dating her older brother. Hawthorn, ever the outsider, envied Lizzie’s happiness, but when she begins to learn tidbits about Lizzie’s much-different life after high school, she becomes obsessed with finding out more and even trying to find her. She turns to Lorenzo Calvetti, Lizzie’s boyfriend at the time of her disappearance (even though he could be her killer since…gulp, murder hasn’t been ruled out), to help collect clues and solve the mystery. In yet another Gone Girl variation, the story is less about the twists and more about the search. But Hawthorn’s search for Lizzie turns into a search for self as she yearns for adventure and love (and sex?). Adding to the seemingly all-white cast of characters, authentic given the setting, are an old friend, bullies, and a caravan of hippies, who offer more struggles and wisdom. Hawthorn tells it all with a realistic voice. A solid coming-of-age novel with light spunk and individuality. (Fiction. 14-18)

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The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
TheThoughtSpot less than 1 minute ago
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. Thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for the opportunity to read and review The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett! Hawthorn's personality makes the story comical, despite the dreary undertone. She's blunt and practical and sometimes she can't understand people's reactions and the circumstances. Other times, Hawthorn feels like people are just ridiculous when all she is trying to do is understand the situation. Hawthorn loves to analyze logically and that is how she looks at the world. Hawthorn matures as the story unfolds and she has many different experiences and meets and gets acquainted with new people. The story has an overall depressing feeling, but as the reader I am supposed to learn from it. I did learn to not make assumptions and to keep my chin up because today doesn't mean the end. I give this very unique book a 4 star rating!
ReadingGrrl 4 days ago
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. 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. 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.
Deb-Krenzer 7 days ago
I loved this book. I think this is the one of the best YA books that I've ever read. It dealt with a high school girl trying so hard to figure out why she was so different from everybody else, not realizing that everyone else was having the same serious issues. Her name is Hawthorne, so she spends a lot of time being teased for that. She's never had a boyfriend. She eats lunch with her best friend, Emily who is also a social outcast, in the stairwell where they can't be seen. She also has this serious girl crush on Lizzie Lovett. She hates her, she likes her, she wants to be her. One day Lizzie talks to her while they are alone in the locker room and she goes home thinking they are going to be best friends. The next time she sees Lizzie, she is with her friends. Hawthorne goes by and says hi. Everyone glares at her and says "who's that?" Hawthorne is crushed. Several years later, Lizzie Lovett disappears. She's camping with her boyfriend in the woods. He wakes up the next morning to find her gone. Hawthorne doesn't know how to feel. She hates her, she likes her, she still wants to be her. The author did a great job with Hawthorne's character. And she did it without making Hawthorne seem like a spoiled brat, or a woe is me teenager or why does she get everything all the time on and on. I think she actually hit on a lot of the inadequate emotions most people feel when they are growing up or ones that some people still feel when they are older. I just loved this book and think every YA should read it, especially females. I definitely think it would help their self-esteem to see that it's just not them going through a lot of Hawthorne's anxieties. Huge thanks to Sourcebook Fire for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
Rebecca_J_Allen 10 days ago
Lizzie Lovett’s disappearance is all anyone at Griffin Mills High School can talk about. Hawthorne Creely can’t believe all the attention Lizzie’s getting. She was a cheerleader and homecoming queen. Nothing bad ever happens to people like Lizzie. Plus, she graduated and moved away three years ago. Don’t people have something better to obsess over? Hawthorne imagines Lizzie somewhere safe, laughing as hundreds of people show up for her vigil.the hundred lies of lizzie lovett But as everyone else moves on from the gossip and the search parties, Hawthorn becomes more intent on finding the truth. She stumbles into Lizzie’s old job as a waitress in a diner, then starts hanging out with her boyfriend and searching for clues to the disappearance. While book’s title and the search parties focus on Lizzie Lovett, this story is really about Hawthorne, a girl who’s disappointed by high school’s failure to live up to its billing as “the best years of your life” and unsure of her future. Hawthorne is the perfect combo of girl who doesn’t fit in and snarky commentator on high school life. She pulls the reader into the story with her keen insights on the shortcomings of the people around her as well as her obliviousness to her own shortcomings. She’s someone anyone in high school or who’s been to high school can relate too. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett is a fun and absorbing read. Hawthorne will drag you with her on her search for the truth about Lizzie, and along the way, find the truth within herself. Find more book reviews here: https://writerebeccawrite.wordpress.com/
brf1948 11 days ago
I received a free electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley, Chelsea Sedoti, and Sourcebooks FIRE in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, for sharing your work with me. This is a funny, feisty fast paced young adult novel that I truly enjoyed. Told in the voice of senior Hawthorn Creely, she suffers all of the angst and lack of self confidence most of us remember from high school and though this is modern, it appears nothing much has changed, at least in small town Ohio. Hawthorn - named for the tree, not the writer - has an embarrassingly hippy vegan mother, an older brother, Rush, in community college and a professor of medieval history for a father. She has no plans for after high school graduation despite pressure from her family and cannot envision herself in any adult roll. Her only true friend is Emily, who is an excellent pianist with a clear career path and a free ride to higher education based on her talent. Lizzy Lovett is that girl - the charmed cheerleader - we all envied, who had a date every Saturday night with a cool guy, good grades, the 'right' clothes and a 'normal' mother. Libby, three years older than Hawthorn, was a crush of her football playing brother, Rush, and both Rush and Libby were seniors when Hawthorn was a freshman at Griffin Mills High School. Libby was everything Hawthorn aspired to be - and wasn't. Now Libby is missing. Hawthorn feels compelled to find out why. I think you will truly enjoy Hawthorn. She is a keeper.
Myndia 12 days ago
Hawthorn loves to read, loves a good story, and comes up with insane ideas and adventures that often get her into trouble. She’s an outsider, often bullied by her peers, but she persists in being herself (one of the traits I love about her). She is persistent and wildly open-minded. Hawthorn is also prone to crazy theories and to poke her nose in where it doesn’t belong. Despite the fact that she doesn’t really know Lizzie Lovett, she knows of her, her seemingly perfect life, and she can’t believe that anything bad could happen to someone who has it all. In Hawthorn’s mind, that just isn’t how the world works. So when Lizzie goes missing, Hawthorn is determined that she can be found, that there is some supernatural explanation for her disappearance. By chance, Hawthorn inserts herself into Lizzie’s old life, taking her old job waiting tables, which leads to her meeting Lizzie’s boyfriend Enzo, with whom Hawthorn builds a strong connection. As time passes, lines begin to blur, Hawthorn grows confused, and things head in a direction she had never anticipated. In the end, Hawthorn gets answers to questions she knew she had, and even more she didn’t. In the beginning, I didn’t like Hawthorn Creely. Not because she was different, but because her honesty was too brutal, because her head was so high up in the clouds that she seemed annoyingly immature, almost disconnected from the realities of life, willfully ignorant of her impending future and adulthood, somewhat selfish and either unaware of or completely unconcerned about the feelings of others. And on many levels, my perceptions of her were on point. But. She grows on you. Or she grows, and you grow with her. You start to get her, even like her, as she starts to get herself. And it’s an experience worth having. This book is NOT about Lizzie Lovett. This book is not a mystery in the traditional sense. There isn’t a lot of suspense, no real thrill. Because it’s not about finding Lizzie Lovett, it’s about Hawthorn finding herself while looking for Lizzie Lovett. As I said, at first I wasn’t so sure about this book, but I am so glad I stuck with it. It’s a wonderful, introspective look into the mind of a peculiar teenager who finds her way while looking for something else. At the end, I loved Hawthorn, empathized with her, and felt relieved for her. A pleasure to read. Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley. I pride myself on writing fair and honest reviews.
ruthsic 14 days ago
I think my realization after reading this book was like Hawthorn's - it is not really about Lizzie Lovett. It is about the stories you construct, the facade you build, the multiple versions of you that exist because of other's perception of you. Hawthorne is sort of obsessed with the mystery of Lizzie - how a girl can be so perfect, so loved, and now that she has disappeared, how could have she? A thing to note her is that Hawthorn is fanciful - she often has a space in her head that she prefers to reality. It sort of reminded me of how my friends often complain of me in a similar manner. So, when Hawthorn spouts her impossible theory of Lizzie being a werewolf and starts to find her, suffice to say there aren't many to entertain her. Searching for the mystery of Lizzie, she starts working in her job, hanging out with her boyfriend, Enzo. Enzo is distraught over Lizzie's disappearance and the hope of finding her draws him to Hawthorn. She is happy that he entertains her vivid notions, unlike the most of the people around her. But before you think romance, I should mention he is much older to her (25, and she 17) so while it was only friendship at first (which is still weird and should have been protested more by her family and friends) and later develops into more, there is still plenty to be skeeved out by. There is such a difference in the way they see the world, that I really feel someone should have stopped it before her heart gets eventually broken. The writing is, in a word, offbeat. Sedoti has this way of displaying Hawthorn's quirky-ness is all its myriad forms. Her thoughts, her very reactions to everyday occurrences, her way of cursing people with random trivial but annoying things - all these build a character that is quite lonesome but also eager to be one with the world. While the story is centered around the idea of not creating mythical figures out of people you admire, or not assuming things, I felt the story sort of lost track around the middle. It wasn't until Lizzie's disappearance was resolved that the plot got back on track and moved towards an ending that was poignant and worthy of the coming-of-age book that this was. In conclusion, an evocative book that has moments of whimsy.
onemused 15 days ago
"The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett" was an interesting read. It's actually the story of Hawthorn, a desperately lonely and incredibly imaginative young woman who becomes obsessed with the disappearance of Lizzie Lovett. Hawthorn knew Lizzie and even though she thought they had once made a connection, Lizzie's later rejection of Hawthorn scarred her deeply. Lizzie is everything Hawthorn is not, in terms of their time in high school- Lizzie had lots of friends, loved school, cheerlead, and was top of the social scene, while Hawthorn is awkward, disliked by her peers, and has exactly one friend. Hawthorn also has a tendency to latch onto anyone who will listen to her, which includes Enzo, Lizzie's former boyfriend. I found the relationship with Enzo to be difficult- it seemed pretty alright, and felt more brotherly, until it wasn't, and I did not like the way it developed, in no small part because of the age/maturity life difference (she's 17 and he's 25) and that they slept together when I wasn't sure that she was ready/wanted to (and maybe this is often the case, but it's uncomfortable when it would meet many state's laws for statutory rape). If they were closer in age, there wouldn't have been so much of the creepy factor. Anyway, I think this book would have been better titled "The Hundred Daydreams of Hawthorn Creely," as Hawthorn and her imagination are the clear stars here. I'll admit that at first, I found Hawthorn annoying, but by about 10-15% of the way into the book, I found her endearing. She's eccentric, but this is about what you'd expect from parents who named her after the tree under which she was conceived (second child) and whose mother changed her name to Sparrow and has her former hippie group come and live in a shanty town in the backyard. As most teenagers, Hawthorn has not yet embraced her eccentricities or those of her family. The book is well-written and flows through Hawthorn's daydreamy brain. It picks you up and carries you along with it (after you get through the first few chapters). I am still not sure how much I like Hawthorn, but she's intriguing and finding herself throughout the book. I really wish I could give her a hug and tell her that things will get better. You can see her evolve throughout the book, as there are many hard lessons to be had. Overall, I feel like it was an interesting character study of a misfit teenager, as she obsesses about the other side of the fence (Lizzie Lovett's life where the grass is always greener). As a word of caution, it is an emotionally draining book as it carries you through all of Hawthorn's trials and difficulties as a troubled teenager, and not everything works out so prettily in the end (but there is hope). Please note that I received this book from the publisher through netgalley in exchange for my honest review.