I received an e-arc of this book from netgalley and this is my honest review.
Original Release Date:
January 3rd 2017
Date I Read The Book:
My Star Rating:
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?
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.
My Review: (Vague Spoilers)
Everyone seems to either love or hate this book.
So yeah, its one of THOSE.
I requested this on Netgalley because 1) it sounded interesting and a I was on a contemporary binge and 2) People were raving.
I, however, didn’t hate it or love, it was just alright.
Let’s start with the good.
The plot is intriguing, it grabs you from the beginning. The characters are all interesting and complex. The writing was great. The voice of our main character unique.
But wow was she annoying as hell (Looks like were on the bad already).
Because yeah, Hawthorn was a complex character, with a unique and entertaining voice, but she was too old to be so stupid, and had too good a family to be so emotionally stunted. By the end of the book I was ready to strangle her.
This is very much a “life lessons, character growth” type of book. And I appreciated seeing how Hawthorne changed, and started treating people better. But the ending fell flat for me, it was too “I’m done now so all the complex mystery is this contemporary or is this thriller stuff I’ve been building is done now”. Its abrupt, (and Enzo needed a swift punch in the face).
So yeah, it was a good book, and I liked the lessons and the character growth, but the plot was ended weakly, like the author didn’t know how to end the book, which makes it just alright in my eyes.
I reccomand checking it out if you like these sorts of books. Though just a warning, there is sex in this book, non-explicits, but still. It sort of rubbed me the wrong way and made me want to stop reading (it was just so awkward).