The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett - Chelsea Sedoti Wow! Thank God that's over! I almost gave up on this book when I was at the halfway point because it was so awful and with so many good books out there waiting to be read I had a really hard time justifying making myself suffer through one that I didn't enjoy at all. But I hate leaving any book unfinished, even a bad one, so I stuck with it and luckily the second half was slightly better but still a painful experience. This is a book that I've seen on a lot of reader's TBR shelves and I was really excited to recieve an advanced readers copy since the book doesn't actually come out until January 3rd so I'm thankful I didn't waste my money on purchasing a copy.

The title, [b:The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett|25546710|The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett|Chelsea Sedoti||45339745] is a bit deceitful because the book is actually about a girl who was a couple years younger than the popular Lizzie, named Hawthorne Creely (named for the tree that she was conceived beneath). Hawthorne envied and admired Lizzie and her seemingly perfect life, hoping to be noticed and accepted by her but in reality she was just the little sister of a guy that Lizzie used to date and hardly received a second glance. After graduating high school and moving on with her life Lizzie goes missing when on a camping trip with her boyfriend and Hawthorn becomes somewhat obsessed with her disappearance, determined to solve the mystery of what happened to her. This is where the book loses me and I don't want to give anything away but I will say that Hawthorn's theory is that Lizzie turned into a werewolf and is gallivanting in the woods somewhere, howling at the moon and what not. Seriously? And let me be clear by saying this isn't a ya fantasy where something like that is expected and accepted, it's actually a ya contemporary, so I found it impossible to take seriously from that point on. There were other specific issues I had with this novel but I can't get into those while keeping this review spoiler free but I will say that I didn't enjoy the storyline, it was an incredibly weak plot, the characters were flat and uninteresting and the novel as a whole was really poorly executed and seemed like it had just been thrown together in a hurry, in my humble opinion anyway. I was really disappointed with this book, I didn't enjoy anything about it and I really regret wasting my time by picking it up. Maybe it would appeal to a younger audience although I doubt it and I can't in good faith recommend this book to anyone.

I received an advanced readers copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.