Fiction / Teen & Young Adult
Legalities: I received a free copy from NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
O. M. G. This was a one-sit read. It's been more than a few years since I've been a senior in high school, and I had forgotten all the teen angst over being, well, a teen in high school. This book brought all those marvelous memories back and then some.
Hawthorn Creely is our heroine, and also our narrator. Her voice, as she tells her story, is both funny and when necessary, poignant. I laughed out loud in places, and yes, shed a tear or two.
When Lizzie Lovett, a beautiful and popular girl goes missing, Hawthorn comes up with her own theories, as outrageous and oddball as they may seem. Never one of the "in" crowd at school, she finds herself ridiculed and teased even more once her ideas become fodder for the school gossip machine. Amazingly, Lizzie's boyfriend is one of Hawthorn's staunchest defenders.
Yes, this is a coming-of-age book, and one of the most engrossing ones I've read in a long time. Hawthorn is believable, her family is believable (if I didn't know better, I'd swear they were my neighbors!), and her teachers, were produced by the same teacher cookie cutter as were mine.
The saddest thing about The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett is it won't be released until after the Winter Gifting Season is over. This book would make a fantastic Winter Gift not just for any teens on your list, but for any of your friends who may have, at one time or another, been a teen.