I was looking forward to this YA book – it was supposed to have some teen angst, some mystery, some suspense. So a little bit of everything. I’m a fan of all of those things, so pretty much right up my alley, right? Wrong. So, wrong. To say I was disappointed in this book feels like a stretch. I was bored by it which is the worst thing I can say about a book. If I hate a book at least I can say it’s memorable. Not the case here.
The main character of this book is Hawthorne and she is just…okay. I can’t tell if she was meant to be awful or if readers are supposed to *think* she’s just putting on a show of indifference so that we think she’s awful but really is just a teen with very sensitive feelings. I got the sense that she just was basically indifferent to most everything, which really made me indifferent to her. And since she was the point of entry to the book at large I never connected to pretty much anything throughout my reading of it. Which, for me, is a big problem. I need to either connect with a character, be interested in a mystery, or at least be invested in a storyline. None of that happened here.
Lizzie Lovett goes missing in the very first chapter and within a few chapters Hawthorne comes up with a ridiculous theory of what happened to her. Which is fine, I guess. But it never made any sense within the story at all. And her disappearance is literally the whole book so Hawthorne’s theory is essential to the plot.
Basically I was bored by this book but I made myself finish it. Which is not the way I want to read something.
Rating: 2 stars
Title: The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett
Author: Chelsea Sedoti
Release Date: January 3, 2017