The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

by Chelsea Sedoti


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Meet Hawthorn Creely, "one of the most relatable characters in recent young adult literature." (Book Page) She's not one to get involved in other people's business. But a missing person's investigation? That's another matter...

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 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?

Told with a unique voice that is both hilarious and heart-wrenching, Hawthorn's quest for proof may uncover the greatest truth is within herself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492652755
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 12/05/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 201,547
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Chelsea Sedoti fell in love with writing at a young age after discovering that making up stories was more fun than doing her school work (her teachers didn't always appreciate this). In an effort to avoid getting a "real" job, Chelsea explored careers as a balloon twister, filmmaker, and paranormal investigator. Eventually she realized that her true passion is writing about flawed teenagers who are also afraid of growing up. When she's not at the computer, Chelsea spends her time exploring abandoned buildings, eating junk food at roadside diners, and trying to befriend every animal in the world. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada where she avoids casinos, but loves roaming the Mojave Desert. To read more about her adventures, visit

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The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i loved this book so much. its that kind of book you can relate with, but its also not a cliche. the only thing im disappointed with is where it ends- I WANT MORE!!!!!
xokristim More than 1 year ago
This book was definitely unique, I was thinking it would center more on the scariness of the disappearance, but was happy it focused more on the other’s reactions to the disappearance. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I thought it was a lot funnier than I anticipated and questioned myself for laughing at some points. I thought Hawthorn was a great narrator. She had a hilarious sense of humor, and a was quite blunt. Hawthorne told the story as almost a reporter, which I really liked. I thought the side characters were a great contrast to Hawthorn. She reminded me of the girl who cried wolf, coming up with odd theories and such, which added to the story. If you are looking for a funny take on a serious situation this is definitely the book for you. It had it’s serious moments, but more so was comical, to me anyway. I thought the story came full circle in a way I personally wasn’t expecting, but thought made the book what it was, highly enjoyable.
BoundlessBookaholic More than 1 year ago
This book was weird, and I did not connect with the main character. The narrator was good, which is probably why I continued to listen. I’m giving this 1 out of 5 stars. So this book was a Big Library Read, which is why I finally listened to the audiobook. I figured if they liked it so much to promote it through that program, and because of the many 4-5 star reviews on Goodreads, I’d enjoy it. Nope, unfortunately not. If I’d tried another format besides the audiobook, this would probably be a DNF book. I just couldn’t connect with Hawthorne. Maybe for a couple pages in the middle, and then the last 1 1/2 chapters, but that doesn’t make a huge fangirl out of a reader. And I didn’t really love any of the other characters either. I can appreciate weirdness and/or differentness, but this book was too far out there for me. And I felt like nothing was really happening for a good deal of the book besides Hawthorne’s theories about Lizzie Lovett. She felt pretty obsessed to me. All I can say is if you want, give this one a try for yourself. I almost always have similar ratings on books we’ve both read with one Goodreads friend, but she gave this 5 stars. Like the publishing world says, it’s subjective.
MyndiL More than 1 year ago
This book was nothing like what I expected, but I enjoyed it anyway. The main character is very flawed, but also very interesting. I loved the way she "wished" for things when people hurt her. It was very clever. And when she finally shared her reason for what she wished on people, it made so much sense. This book wasn't lacking in interesting characters though, in addition to Hawthorn, SunDog, Enzo, and even Vernon were all very interesting characters and they blended to make this story intriguing and feel more real. High School is hard, I don't think any of us who have gone through it, or are going through it can argue that. People are mean, and I don't think any of us show all the parts of ourselves to anyone in High School. Some of us might not ever show all the parts of ourselves to anyone. The biggest lesson to learn from this story (besides the obvious) is that we don't ever truly know what's going on in someone's head, or in their personal life. People who seem to be all put together and happy and perfect are often the people who are barely holding things together, or falling apart inside. I think it's the job of every one of us to just be a decent human to others. I love the ending...I love the possibilities and the fact that my suspicions about Connor were right.
Rainlee More than 1 year ago
Legalities: I received an ARC from O. M. G. This was a one-sit read. It's been more than a few years since I've been a senior in high school, and I had forgotten all the teen angst over being, well, a teen in high school. This book brought all those marvelous memories back and then some. Hawthorn Creely is our heroine, and also our narrator. Her voice, as she tells her story, is both funny and when necessary, poignant. I laughed out loud in places, and yes, shed a tear or two. When Lizzie Lovett, a beautiful and popular girl goes missing, Hawthorn comes up with her own theories, as outrageous and oddball as they may seem. Never one of the "in" crowd at school, she finds herself ridiculed and teased even more once her ideas become fodder for the school gossip machine. Amazingly, Lizzie's boyfriend is one of Hawthorn's staunchest defenders. Yes, this is a coming-of-age book, and one of the most engrossing ones I've read in a long time. Hawthorn is believable, her family is believable (if I didn't know better, I'd swear they were my neighbors!), and her teachers, were produced by the same teacher cookie cutter as were mine. The saddest thing about The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett is it won't be released until after the Winter Gifting Season is over. This book would make a fantastic Winter Gift not just for any teens on your list, but for any of your friends who may have, at one time or another, been a teen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're older than 16 don't bother . So glad I went to library. If you're over 16 forget it . So glad I went to library !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
4.75/5 This is one of those books where in the beginning I felt it was really slow, I liked the book, but I wasn't rushing to pick it back up when I put it down. By the time I got to the ending though, I absolutely fell in love, and I came to appreciate the beginning. (Although, part of the reason for finding the beginning so slow and not crazy interesting is because I love my books to be filled with romance that I can swoon over, and I am horrible at enjoying books that don't have a huge focus on romance). There were two things that I really liked about this book. The first was the main character, Hawthorn. I liked her so much because she wasn't perfect. From the beginning she comes of kind of selfish, a little bit annoying, and inconsiderate of others. This is coming of a little intense, Hawthorn wasn't a horrible person, but some of her character traits can rub people the wrong way. There were definitely times when I was annoyed by her like when she would complain about how she was the only person in the school to not go to the dance and that everyone hated her when 1) it obviously was not true and 2) she didn't even acknowledge when her friend mentioned she also didn't go to the dance. Hawthorn was very narrow minded and kind of thought everything was about her. It was annoying, but there were times when I could really see myself in those flaws of hers, so I couldn't hate her for them. I loved having a main character that wasn't perfect, was a little annoying, but was also super interesting. The second thing I really liked was the writing. I don't know how to explain it, because I suck, but I absolutely loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is strange at first glance, no doubt. However, as the story progresses you will find that it is funny, relatable, and real. It goes into detail about normal, teenage feelings- there's nothing more I could ask of a book! I am really happy to have read this novel and I urge everyone to do the same. I assure you, this book will not dissapoint!
13835877 More than 1 year ago
I was provided an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. When I first received my ARC of The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti, I was very excited because I had heard so many great things from other bloggers about it. It took me quite a few chapters to really get into this book. Twelve chapters to be exact. It wasn't that the story was boring, but that Hawthorne Creely really got on my nerves. Hawthorne doesn't have too many friends, but then pushes the one friend she does have away by being rude and self-centered. She complains that she is always bored, but then never does anything but sit at home, even when she is invited out. Also, she is pretty terrible to her older brother Rush. He tries multiple times to reach out to her and be nice, because he clearly does care about her, but she is always rude and dismissive towards him all because he was a popular jock in high school. Hawthorne did redeem herself in my eyes towards the end of the book. She seemed to have matured and grown up. Although I probably won't read this book again and it isn't one of my favorites, it was a good story once I was able to get into it. ***Spoiler Below*** ***Read At Your Own Risk*** The romantic in me wanted to see something happened between Hawthorne and Connor. Although, in a way I am happy that the book ended the way it did because it focused on the personal growth of Hawthorne.
MorrisMorgan More than 1 year ago
I wish I could say I liked “The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett,” but that would be telling my own lie. There were a few secondary characters I would like to know more about, but unfortunately their potential was wasted. Instead we have to suffer through one of the most annoying and least self-aware young adult characters I have ever encountered. What is supposed to be quirky is actually creepy, and her love interest is someone who did nothing but enable her. Not to mention the fact that he is someone you would not be surprised to find on an episode of Dateline. Those characters took me out of any interest I tried to develop in the plot. I appear to be in the minority with “The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett.” If it sounds interesting to you, then by all means give it a read. This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.
KarenHallam More than 1 year ago
From the first page, I was intrigued by what was happening to Lizzie Lovett. I had to know, and the MC's voice impressed more urgency for me to know. The author, Chelsea Sedoti’s voice is spot on, creating much tension and curiosity. Quirky seventeen-year-old, Hawthorne Creely has a lot of thoughts, and when she learns that perfect Miss Lizzie Lovett, whom she once had an unpleasant run-in with, during her freshman year, has disappeared, her curiosity takes over. The mystery of Lizzie’s disappearance snags Hawthorne and doesn’t let her go. She goes into full detective mode. She learns about Lizzie’s camping trip with the boyfriend many would blame. Say he killed her and hid the body. Surprised a girl like Lizzie would even go camping. Hawthorne goes on a search, and her unique view of the world helps snag the twenty-something boyfriend Lizzie Lovett left behind, convincing him that Lizzie turned into a werewolf. She did have a wolf necklace and liked wolves. He pushes her away at first, but Hawthorne convinces him (with that ever-convincing way of hers) and he follows along. They search for Lizzie until they come closer to an answer. Confusion and more thoughts rule Lizzie’s mind. She has some pretty creative thoughts, almost like poetry on occasion. A couple of my favorites: “I knew that even though someone seemed perfect it didn’t mean they weren’t hurting inside.” “It was a little crazy to think about. That while you were envying other people, they could be envying you too.” “Nothing ends; it just turns into a different story.” Chelsea Sedoti has a great teen voice, with the added doubts and troubles, a little obnoxious, she says what’s on her mind. Often getting her in trouble (sound familiar?) There’s so much to love in this book. I was eager to know what happened to Lizzie, and by the end, I was glad to have closure. There was a good amount of suspense, and I raced through this because the voice was so intriguing. I would have followed it anywhere. Glad to have this unique book to read. Hawthorne is a great character, with feelings many of us can relate to. ~KLH
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Everyone in town is devastated when Lizzie Lovett disappears. Well, almost everyone. Hawthorn Creely couldn't care less. When Hawthorn hears about Lizzie's disappearance, she expects that to be the end of it. But then instead of moving on with her life, Hawthorn accidentally becomes part of the investigation. As she learns more about Lizzie, Hawthorn also inserts herself more and more into Lizzie's life. The only one who seems to understand or want to help is Lizzie's boyfriend, Enzo. The closer Hawthorn gets to the truth, the more it feels like her own life is falling apart. When Hawthorn finally digs through all of the lies surrounding Lizzie and her disappearance she will have to decide if there is room for unexplained phenomenon and wondrous moments in a world that is all too painfully real in The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett (2017) by Chelsea Sedoti. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett is Sedoti's debut novel. Hawthorn is a quirky, fascinating heroine and an engaging unreliable narrator. Her voice is offbeat, sardonic and convincingly tone-deaf given her initially self-centered attitude. Although Hawthorn is jaded and solitary, she is painfully aware her friends maturing and changing while she wants everything to stay the same. Hawthorn still wants to believe in a world where magic is possible; a world where a girl turning into a werewolf is not only likely but also a plausible explanation for her disappearance. Sedoti's story is weird and entertaining but, for most of the novel, still an effective mystery with suspense surrounding Lizzie's whereabouts. Unfortunately, the mystery thread ultimately falls flat with a reveal that, while predictable, is frustrating and problematic. ***Spoilers ahead as I discuss specific plot points.*** Reactions to The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett may come down to if readers are willing to follow the author straight to the end of the line on this wacky ride. Which I usually am. Some readers will not, especially give how very strange this story eventually gets. I am more than willing to go along with a novel involving werewolves and even Hawthorn's infatuation and relationship with Lizzie's boyfriend, Enzo, who is twenty-five. (Hawthorn is seventeen.) What didn't work and what I can't support, is the way The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett wrapped up. By the end of the story Hawthorn learns that Lizzie has been found. She hanged herself in the woods when she and Enzo were camping but it took weeks to find her. For most of the novel while Hawthorn is trying to figure out what happened to Lizzie, Lizzie is dead in the woods. This reveal is as much of a gut punch for readers as it is for Hawthorn. After spending an entire novel spinning tales about what might have happened and trying to find answers, this story ends with a stark truth. Lizzie was unhappy, she didn't get the help she needed. She is gone. While this resolution is realistic and leads to some positive growth for Hawthorn, I'm tired of it. Suicide isn't a plot device and it shouldn't be treated as a plot twist. It felt unfair to Hawthorn and Enzo, unfair to Lizzie, and unfair to readers all of whom deserved more. I read this book as an advance review copy and I haven't seen a finished copy yet but I'm also concerned that this book isn't going to have enough information about suicide prevention given the offhand way it's handled in the book. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett will appeal to readers who are (or were) the weird kid in h
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. Thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for the opportunity to read and review The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett! Hawthorn's personality makes the story comical, despite the dreary undertone. She's blunt and practical and sometimes she can't understand people's reactions and the circumstances. Other times, Hawthorn feels like people are just ridiculous when all she is trying to do is understand the situation. Hawthorn loves to analyze logically and that is how she looks at the world. Hawthorn matures as the story unfolds and she has many different experiences and meets and gets acquainted with new people. The story has an overall depressing feeling, but as the reader I am supposed to learn from it. I did learn to not make assumptions and to keep my chin up because today doesn't mean the end. I give this very unique book a 4 star rating!
ReadingGrrl More than 1 year ago
Everyone love Lizzie Lovett except Hawthorne. Hawthorne feels like a square peg being forced into a round hole. Her mother is a hippie who changed her name to Sparrow, her brother was a football player who once dated Lizzie. When Lizzie goes missing Hawthorne becomes obsessed with Lizzies life. This book is less about Lizzie than it is about a coming of age novel of Hawthorne and finding your way when you don't quite fit in. Very well done, quirky and filled with interesting characters. This book reminded me a bit of the Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky which I also really enjoyed. The writing was excellent and the voices of the characters believable. Very well done.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I think this is the one of the best YA books that I've ever read. It dealt with a high school girl trying so hard to figure out why she was so different from everybody else, not realizing that everyone else was having the same serious issues. Her name is Hawthorne, so she spends a lot of time being teased for that. She's never had a boyfriend. She eats lunch with her best friend, Emily who is also a social outcast, in the stairwell where they can't be seen. She also has this serious girl crush on Lizzie Lovett. She hates her, she likes her, she wants to be her. One day Lizzie talks to her while they are alone in the locker room and she goes home thinking they are going to be best friends. The next time she sees Lizzie, she is with her friends. Hawthorne goes by and says hi. Everyone glares at her and says "who's that?" Hawthorne is crushed. Several years later, Lizzie Lovett disappears. She's camping with her boyfriend in the woods. He wakes up the next morning to find her gone. Hawthorne doesn't know how to feel. She hates her, she likes her, she still wants to be her. The author did a great job with Hawthorne's character. And she did it without making Hawthorne seem like a spoiled brat, or a woe is me teenager or why does she get everything all the time on and on. I think she actually hit on a lot of the inadequate emotions most people feel when they are growing up or ones that some people still feel when they are older. I just loved this book and think every YA should read it, especially females. I definitely think it would help their self-esteem to see that it's just not them going through a lot of Hawthorne's anxieties. Huge thanks to Sourcebook Fire for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
Rebecca_J_Allen More than 1 year ago
Lizzie Lovett’s disappearance is all anyone at Griffin Mills High School can talk about. Hawthorne Creely can’t believe all the attention Lizzie’s getting. She was a cheerleader and homecoming queen. Nothing bad ever happens to people like Lizzie. Plus, she graduated and moved away three years ago. Don’t people have something better to obsess over? Hawthorne imagines Lizzie somewhere safe, laughing as hundreds of people show up for her vigil.the hundred lies of lizzie lovett But as everyone else moves on from the gossip and the search parties, Hawthorn becomes more intent on finding the truth. She stumbles into Lizzie’s old job as a waitress in a diner, then starts hanging out with her boyfriend and searching for clues to the disappearance. While book’s title and the search parties focus on Lizzie Lovett, this story is really about Hawthorne, a girl who’s disappointed by high school’s failure to live up to its billing as “the best years of your life” and unsure of her future. Hawthorne is the perfect combo of girl who doesn’t fit in and snarky commentator on high school life. She pulls the reader into the story with her keen insights on the shortcomings of the people around her as well as her obliviousness to her own shortcomings. She’s someone anyone in high school or who’s been to high school can relate too. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett is a fun and absorbing read. Hawthorne will drag you with her on her search for the truth about Lizzie, and along the way, find the truth within herself. Find more book reviews here:
brf1948 More than 1 year ago
I received a free electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley, Chelsea Sedoti, and Sourcebooks FIRE in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, for sharing your work with me. This is a funny, feisty fast paced young adult novel that I truly enjoyed. Told in the voice of senior Hawthorn Creely, she suffers all of the angst and lack of self confidence most of us remember from high school and though this is modern, it appears nothing much has changed, at least in small town Ohio. Hawthorn - named for the tree, not the writer - has an embarrassingly hippy vegan mother, an older brother, Rush, in community college and a professor of medieval history for a father. She has no plans for after high school graduation despite pressure from her family and cannot envision herself in any adult roll. Her only true friend is Emily, who is an excellent pianist with a clear career path and a free ride to higher education based on her talent. Lizzy Lovett is that girl - the charmed cheerleader - we all envied, who had a date every Saturday night with a cool guy, good grades, the 'right' clothes and a 'normal' mother. Libby, three years older than Hawthorn, was a crush of her football playing brother, Rush, and both Rush and Libby were seniors when Hawthorn was a freshman at Griffin Mills High School. Libby was everything Hawthorn aspired to be - and wasn't. Now Libby is missing. Hawthorn feels compelled to find out why. I think you will truly enjoy Hawthorn. She is a keeper.
Myndia More than 1 year ago
Hawthorn loves to read, loves a good story, and comes up with insane ideas and adventures that often get her into trouble. She’s an outsider, often bullied by her peers, but she persists in being herself (one of the traits I love about her). She is persistent and wildly open-minded. Hawthorn is also prone to crazy theories and to poke her nose in where it doesn’t belong. Despite the fact that she doesn’t really know Lizzie Lovett, she knows of her, her seemingly perfect life, and she can’t believe that anything bad could happen to someone who has it all. In Hawthorn’s mind, that just isn’t how the world works. So when Lizzie goes missing, Hawthorn is determined that she can be found, that there is some supernatural explanation for her disappearance. By chance, Hawthorn inserts herself into Lizzie’s old life, taking her old job waiting tables, which leads to her meeting Lizzie’s boyfriend Enzo, with whom Hawthorn builds a strong connection. As time passes, lines begin to blur, Hawthorn grows confused, and things head in a direction she had never anticipated. In the end, Hawthorn gets answers to questions she knew she had, and even more she didn’t. In the beginning, I didn’t like Hawthorn Creely. Not because she was different, but because her honesty was too brutal, because her head was so high up in the clouds that she seemed annoyingly immature, almost disconnected from the realities of life, willfully ignorant of her impending future and adulthood, somewhat selfish and either unaware of or completely unconcerned about the feelings of others. And on many levels, my perceptions of her were on point. But. She grows on you. Or she grows, and you grow with her. You start to get her, even like her, as she starts to get herself. And it’s an experience worth having. This book is NOT about Lizzie Lovett. This book is not a mystery in the traditional sense. There isn’t a lot of suspense, no real thrill. Because it’s not about finding Lizzie Lovett, it’s about Hawthorn finding herself while looking for Lizzie Lovett. As I said, at first I wasn’t so sure about this book, but I am so glad I stuck with it. It’s a wonderful, introspective look into the mind of a peculiar teenager who finds her way while looking for something else. At the end, I loved Hawthorn, empathized with her, and felt relieved for her. A pleasure to read. Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley. I pride myself on writing fair and honest reviews.
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
I think my realization after reading this book was like Hawthorn's - it is not really about Lizzie Lovett. It is about the stories you construct, the facade you build, the multiple versions of you that exist because of other's perception of you. Hawthorne is sort of obsessed with the mystery of Lizzie - how a girl can be so perfect, so loved, and now that she has disappeared, how could have she? A thing to note her is that Hawthorn is fanciful - she often has a space in her head that she prefers to reality. It sort of reminded me of how my friends often complain of me in a similar manner. So, when Hawthorn spouts her impossible theory of Lizzie being a werewolf and starts to find her, suffice to say there aren't many to entertain her. Searching for the mystery of Lizzie, she starts working in her job, hanging out with her boyfriend, Enzo. Enzo is distraught over Lizzie's disappearance and the hope of finding her draws him to Hawthorn. She is happy that he entertains her vivid notions, unlike the most of the people around her. But before you think romance, I should mention he is much older to her (25, and she 17) so while it was only friendship at first (which is still weird and should have been protested more by her family and friends) and later develops into more, there is still plenty to be skeeved out by. There is such a difference in the way they see the world, that I really feel someone should have stopped it before her heart gets eventually broken. The writing is, in a word, offbeat. Sedoti has this way of displaying Hawthorn's quirky-ness is all its myriad forms. Her thoughts, her very reactions to everyday occurrences, her way of cursing people with random trivial but annoying things - all these build a character that is quite lonesome but also eager to be one with the world. While the story is centered around the idea of not creating mythical figures out of people you admire, or not assuming things, I felt the story sort of lost track around the middle. It wasn't until Lizzie's disappearance was resolved that the plot got back on track and moved towards an ending that was poignant and worthy of the coming-of-age book that this was. In conclusion, an evocative book that has moments of whimsy.
onemused More than 1 year ago
"The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett" was an interesting read. It's actually the story of Hawthorn, a desperately lonely and incredibly imaginative young woman who becomes obsessed with the disappearance of Lizzie Lovett. Hawthorn knew Lizzie and even though she thought they had once made a connection, Lizzie's later rejection of Hawthorn scarred her deeply. Lizzie is everything Hawthorn is not, in terms of their time in high school- Lizzie had lots of friends, loved school, cheerlead, and was top of the social scene, while Hawthorn is awkward, disliked by her peers, and has exactly one friend. Hawthorn also has a tendency to latch onto anyone who will listen to her, which includes Enzo, Lizzie's former boyfriend. I found the relationship with Enzo to be difficult- it seemed pretty alright, and felt more brotherly, until it wasn't, and I did not like the way it developed, in no small part because of the age/maturity life difference (she's 17 and he's 25) and that they slept together when I wasn't sure that she was ready/wanted to (and maybe this is often the case, but it's uncomfortable when it would meet many state's laws for statutory rape). If they were closer in age, there wouldn't have been so much of the creepy factor. Anyway, I think this book would have been better titled "The Hundred Daydreams of Hawthorn Creely," as Hawthorn and her imagination are the clear stars here. I'll admit that at first, I found Hawthorn annoying, but by about 10-15% of the way into the book, I found her endearing. She's eccentric, but this is about what you'd expect from parents who named her after the tree under which she was conceived (second child) and whose mother changed her name to Sparrow and has her former hippie group come and live in a shanty town in the backyard. As most teenagers, Hawthorn has not yet embraced her eccentricities or those of her family. The book is well-written and flows through Hawthorn's daydreamy brain. It picks you up and carries you along with it (after you get through the first few chapters). I am still not sure how much I like Hawthorn, but she's intriguing and finding herself throughout the book. I really wish I could give her a hug and tell her that things will get better. You can see her evolve throughout the book, as there are many hard lessons to be had. Overall, I feel like it was an interesting character study of a misfit teenager, as she obsesses about the other side of the fence (Lizzie Lovett's life where the grass is always greener). As a word of caution, it is an emotionally draining book as it carries you through all of Hawthorn's trials and difficulties as a troubled teenager, and not everything works out so prettily in the end (but there is hope). Please note that I received this book from the publisher through netgalley in exchange for my honest review.