The first thing that happened was Lizzie Lovett disappeared, and everyone was all, “How can someone like Lizzie be missing?” and I was like, “Who cares?” A few days later, there was talk about Lizzie maybe being dead, and it was still kinda boring, but not totally boring, because I’d never known a dead person before.
After that, I started to get fascinated by the whole situation, mostly because I noticed a bunch of weird stuff. Which was how I figured out Lizzie Lovett’s secret.
A teenage misfit named Hawthorn Creely inserts herself in the investigation of missing person Lizzie Lovett, who disappeared mysteriously while camping with her boyfriend. Hawthorn doesn’t mean to interfere, but she has a pretty crazy theory about what happened to Lizzie. In order to prove it, she decides to immerse herself in Lizzie’s life. That includes taking her job… and her boyfriend. It’s a huge risk — but it’s just what Hawthorn needs to find her own place in the world.
Teenage loner and little sister of THE Rush Creely, Hawthorn didn’t intend to start her own mini investigation of the disappearance of Lizzie Lovett. She didn’t even like Lizzie. But pretty, popular girls like Lizzie don’t go missing while camping with their boyfriends. So Hawthorn started digging, and came up with a pretty crazy idea of what happened to Lizzie. The more she uncovers, with the help of Lizzie’s boyfriend-maybe murderer- Enzo, the more she realizes that she didn’t really know Lizzie the way she thought she did at all. Hawthorn starts to pull her head out of her tight little bubble to start to see the world and how it works differently than she has before, which may be exactly what she needs to find her own place in it.
This story was funny at times and a little heart-wrenching at others. In a time when teenagers are seeming more and more adult and making more and more mature decisions, Hawthorn is almost shockingly adolescent for a senior. She lives in her own mind a good majority of the time and has exactly one friend, Emily, who appears to be as much of a loner as she is. The more you read the story, the more background you get into why Hawthorn is the way she is and just how narrow her view of the world has become. If you come at this book intending a typical mystery resolution, you will be sorely disappointed. While the disappearance of Lizzie does play a pretty prominent point in storyflow, the book itself is actually about Hawthorn and how she grows throughout the book because of what she learns about Lizzie. Everyone has their own version of the truth and happiness doesn’t look the same on everyone.
This book deals with the consequences of peer pressure to be perfect or appear to have the perfect life, the consequences of bullying when you don’t seem to have it all together, and the idea that maybe you don’t have life as figured out as you think you do. I highly recommend this book to high-schoolers and up. It’s well written and has a very unique voice to it that seems to hit the pin on the head of a teenager’s inner voice and weaves a rich cast of characters that all have more layers to them than you originally realize. I’m thinking about buying it for my own personal library because I can see wanting to have my kids read it when they get older so that they can see life from maybe a different perspective than they do then.
For the month of May, which will be mine and Rachel’s one year anniversary of our blogs (yay!) we plan to write a book review every single week and possible a bonus sister review. May is also “Get caught Reading!” month! I’m going to plan to review slightly different books. The first week will be review of actually two books, Scary Close and Uninvited, which are both nonfiction and deal with relationships and how to build healthy ones that are not based on performance but on love for the person the relationship is with. They also talk about the pain but necessity of distancing yourself from relationships that are toxic to you and your well-being. They’ve been extremely good in my personal opinion so I can’t wait to share them with you guys! I’m not sure what the following weeks will be but one will be my review of my April reading pick and again, I do plan to branch out!
My May reading choice is going to be Four Weeks, Five People by Jennifer Yu. I think April will be the first month I actually finish my April pick in the same month it debuts, ha! Maybe May will continue that streak since this book comes out on the 2nd.