I had such high hopes and they came crumbling down.
This book was enough to make me want to slam my head against a wall. Literally. Trust me, I always give books a chance and end up finishing them even after I abandon them. But this book was one I chided myself on… for reading it way too long than I should have. Hawthorn Creely is the daughter of a hippie-loving woman who tells people to call her Sparrow and has a brother named Rush, who is infinitely more popular than her. Her life isn’t that interesting, until Lizzie Lovett disappears. See, my main problem with this book was not only Lizzie and the blandness of her character, but also Hawthorn’s unexplainable need to solve the mystery. Nothing in this book was realistic. Hawthorn acted more like she was in elementary school than she did a senior, about to graduate. Her unearthly persistence that Lizzie had turned into a werewolf did not work for me at all, but rather had me wondering if the author was about to announce Hawthorn’s affected mentality. Although this had been categorized as a young adult mystery, it was far from that and nowhere near the romance section, either. It would be hard for me to put this absolutely revolting book alongside “Me Before You”, as the romance was horribly executed. (Rating: 1/5)
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
First off, I’m way too old to be the intended audience of this book, so as I complain about it remember that fact. It’s a unique book with protagonist being a high school junior, Hawthorn. She’s misfit and as she tries to find the cause of an older girl’s death it becomes more and more obvious. It’s a unique look at the toll suicide takes on the living. I loved how Hawthorn’s relationship with her brother got stronger as the story ends. I kept wanting to holler at Hawthorn’s mother to pay attention to what she was doing. It was an interesting take on hippies and I enjoyed how Hawthorn turned to the hippies living in the backyard of her family’s home when she needed to talk. I am so glad I grew up in the 1960’s and didn’t have to face the mean girls of high school. I’m giving the book a high rating because any book that stays in my mind as long as this book has, is good writing about an important topic.
I liked the well-rounded characters, loads of suspense and the glimpses of humour in a very serious topic - the unexplained disappearance of a young woman. A real page turner.
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The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett is a really good book to read and I would recommend it to people who like this genre.
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