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?I received this ARC a while ago and, I’ll be honest, I kind of forgot what it was about. After reading the synopsis again, I was like, ”Okay, this should be good!” But then I started reading the book and all I could think was “What the hell am I doing?!” Most of the books I have read that have been similar to this one have been real duds. I was crossing my fingers and hoping for the best but, sadly, this story didn’t end up being what I thought it would and, once again, I was left with a DUD! I was picturing a Nancy Drew/Veronica Mars type gig: You know, Hawthorne butting into everyone’s business, trying to solve the mystery. I LOVE Veronica Mars, so that would have been the BOMB! But all I got was a girl searching for her missing classmate that she thought turned into a Werewolf… No, Really!
At first, I really liked Hawthorne, she is exactly my type of girl… a smart ass! But as time went on, I felt like she began to reveal herself as an immature fool with an overactive imagination. All she really wanted attention and, sadly, the only attention she received was negative and came in the form of people being an asshole to her. I did feel bad for her in that aspect, but she was just too much. A problem that people had with her was the fact that she was a negative, selfish person, and she never wanted to grow up and the fact that she was petty didn’t help her either. But they mostly just thought that she was weird. I understand why people thought she was so annoying, I mean, being creative and imaginative is great and all, but werewolves? At first I though that if she really wanted to have friends, then she should start acting differently, but then my brain kicked in, and was like HELL NO! You shouldn’t have to change who you are, just to make people like you. There are some things she should definitely work on, but changing every quirky thing about yourself to fit in was not necessary.
One thing that boggled my mind was Hawthorne’s obsession with Lizzie Lovett. For someone who hated her so much, she sure did talk about her a lot. It was like she wanted to BE Lizzie. Why did she want to do EVERYTHING Lizzie did? The way she acted about the situation was over the top and is just more evidence of her pettiness. I don’t get how one lame encounter with Lizzie could make her behave the way she did… I am honestly just so confused about everything right now.
This entire book seemed crazy. In the end, nothing really made sense. I mean, what exactly were “The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett?” Maybe I’m missing something, but the title didn’t match the story at all. I feel like this book was marketed as a mystery, but it ended up being a joke. There was no real investigation going on, Hawthorne never found any clues, she never found out any new or essential information about Lizzie–nothing that would help us understand, or give reason to what happened to her. It all seemed like a waste of time. As I said before, I thought this was going to be something along the lines of Veronica Mars, which was a huge mistake. Maybe if I didn’t go into it with such high expectations I would be so let down. I’m really bummed because I wanted to love this book, but there was nothing to love. In the end I give this book 2 ½ Stars.
*I was given this Net Galley ARC for my honest opinion.