Lizzie was the most popular and loved girl in school while Hawthorn barely had any friends. Lizzie was also confident, pretty and seemed to have the perfect life. That’s why when she mysteriously disappears, Hawthorn can’t believe it. She’s sure that such a perfect girl wouldn’t disappear without a reason, and Hawthorn will take the matter on her hands even if it involves a really crazy theory.
- The unreliable narrator. I didn’t even know I missed unreliable narrators until I started this book. Hawthorn was practically a friend telling me a story which I knew was extremely biased, and I enjoyed making my own conclusions. Every time she talked about a certain person or event that bothered her, I had to stop and think ‘Was that person really so unpleasant, or is this mischievous narrator trying to trick me!?‘. It was really entertaining wandering in a mind like that, especially when she wouldn’t stop mentioning the most popular girl in her school, who happens to be the one missing.
- The small scale mystery. I’m a fan of the Agatha Christie’s kind of mysteries, with shady suspects and impossible crime scenes. But it was also fun and more relatable to read a normal, could-really-happen mystery. I think the unexplained disappearance of a girl that once went to my school would also drive me crazy, especially if it was someone I knew.
- Unlikable protagonist. I really liked the start of this book. I felt like I was watching the YouTube channel of this teenage girl who likes to grumble. I thought that Hawthorn’s personality was disguised as bitter because she was an unreliable narrator and maybe she was developing a mental disorder (like in The Bell Jar), or because she was recovering from something that happened to her (like in The Perks of Being a Wallflower). But I guess she was just bitter. And envious. And extremely self-centered. I guess I expected an explanation in reward for putting up with her obnoxious attitude.
- A paranormal kinda twist. It’s not really a twist, but when the mystery of Lizzie’s disappearance it’s too much, Hawthorn decides to start investigating herself. The thing is, Hawthorn’s theory about what happened to Lizzie involves something paranormal*, which I didn’t expect. Whether something paranormal actually happened, I won’t tell**. What bothered me was that she spent a BIG part of the book doing research and obsessing about that particular paranormal thing. I think it was too paranormal-ish for a book advertised as Contemporary/Mystery.
* I don’t want to ruin it for anyone, but if you really want to know… and you are making those puppy eyes… Okay, I’ll tell you. Hawthorn thinks that Lizzie’s disappearance has something to do with *click here to know*. **Just kidding. Of course I will tell you anything you want know about this book. That’s why I’m writing a review in the first place. If you want to know if something paranormal REALLY happens in this book, here’s your answer *click here*
- You like unreliable narrators
- You want to read about the disappearance of an ex-cheerleader
- You don’t mind unlikable protagonists
- You want to discover if there is a paranormal twist at the end
- You want to be in the mind of a teenager obsessed with the most popular girl at school
The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett will be released on January 3, 2017. Are you planning to get it??
Thanks so much to NetGalley and Sourcebooks for sending me an ARC to review!