Title: The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett
Author: Chelsea Sedoti
Publisher: Recorded Books
Publication date: January 3, 2017
Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
Summary (via Goodreads): 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.
This book was weird, and I did not connect with the main character. The narrator was good, which is probably why I continued to listen. I’m giving this 1 out of 5 stars.
So this book was a Big Library Read, which is why I finally listened to the audiobook. I figured if they liked it so much to promote it through that program, and because of the many 4-5 star reviews on Goodreads, I’d enjoy it. Nope, unfortunately not.
If I’d tried another format besides the audiobook, this would probably be a DNF book. I just couldn’t connect with Hawthorne. Maybe for a couple pages in the middle, and then the last 1 1/2 chapters, but that doesn’t make a huge fangirl out of a reader. And I didn’t really love any of the other characters either.
I can appreciate weirdness and/or differentness, but this book was too far out there for me. And I felt like nothing was really happening for a good deal of the book besides Hawthorne’s theories about Lizzie Lovett. She felt pretty obsessed to me.
All I can say is if you want, give this one a try for yourself. I almost always have similar ratings on books we’ve both read with one Goodreads friend, but she gave this 5 stars. Like the publishing world says, it’s subjective.