THE HUNDRED LIES OF LIZZIE LOVETT is hard to review story, mostly because there are things I liked and disliked about it. It took me a long time to read this book.
Hawthorne, aka Thorny, is a 17 year old girl in high school. She has only one friend named Emily. She is made fun of a lot in school, mostly for her crazy ideas. Thorny’s brother, Rush, was really popular in high school and is now graduated. He used to date a girl named Lizzie Lovett, who was the most popular girl in school before she graduated and moved to a town near by. Thorny had an encounter with Lizzie and then ended up hating Lizzie for how it made her feel.
Years later, Lizzie has gone missing. Everyone in town is talking about what might have happened to her. Everyone in town thinks Enzo, Lizzie’s boyfriend, is the one who killed her. Thorny takes on Lizzie’s old job and starts hanging out with Enzo, getting the whole town talking about her. Anyone can see why Enzo would want to know what happened to Lizzie, but what is Thorny’s obsession with her. Thorny can’t get Lizzie out of her mind and Thorny thinks she knows what happened, so she pairs up with Lizzie’s Enzo to discover the truth.
The protagonist in this story is a very strange girl. She doesn’t conform to normal standards. Yea, her family is a bit strange, but Thorny takes that strangeness to a new level. She gets this idea in her head about what happened to Lizzie and it is nothing short of absurd. She is convinced her theory is right and studies all about it. I found this a little unbelievable. Thorny is suppose to be 17, but she thinks and acts much younger. I thought for a while there that she had a mental illness.
The thing that really struck me is that Thorny didn’t even like Lizzie. She couldn’t stand anyone to even talk about her, but then she goes and inserts herself into Lizzie’s old life. Getting the job she used to have is a little weird, but then hanging out with her boyfriend just goes overboard. Enzo is another strange character. Their relationship is just so aberrant, I just couldn’t ship this. She is 17 and he is 25, which isn’t even their only issue. Enzo is so boring. He has no car, no direction in his life, and does nothing for Thorny. There was nothing to like about him. Their relationship was so awkward.
The one thing I admit that I loved about Thorny is the way she thought about people when they tried to hurt her feelings.
“That’s when I started to think bad thoughts. Like how I wished someone would replace Mychelle’s fancy shampoo with a drugstore brand. I wish she would suddenly forget the name of her five favorite songs. I wished every time she microwaved a frozen burrito, the center would stay cold.”
This is just such a fun way to channel anger at someone. It was really entertaining. I found myself hoping she would do it all the time. I liked how she reasoned her anger out in her head.
The only things carrying this story for me was Lizzie’s disappearance. I didn’t relate to Thorny on any level. I just wanted to find out what happened to Lizzie. By the last few chapters I was a little curious to see what happened to Thorny. Thorny has so many people around her rooting for her, but then she treats everyone poorly because they don’t believe in her insane idea about what happened to Lizzie. Thorny had some redeeming qualities but that was not the point of this story. I wouldn’t recommend this book unless you are really into quirky characters in odd relationships.
The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti
Published by Sourcebooks, Incorporated on January 3rd 2017
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.