A couple of years ago, I discovered the magical world of ARCs. Oh the joy in receiving a book before the “rest of the world”, being able to dive into it before anyone else can get their hands on it. But the best part of reading advanced copies for me is finding new authors with outstanding debut novels. Such is the case with this one.
Hawthorn has never been one to follow along with everyone’s idea of normal. She doesn’t fit into any group at school, has one good friend, a hippie for a mom, and an active imagination. So when Lizzie Lovett mysteriously disappears, Hawthorn takes it upon herself to find out just what happened to the town’s golden girl.
But she takes things a bit too far, as with most things she does. Working in the diner where Lizzie was employed, visiting the woods where she was last seen, getting friendly with Lizzie’s boyfriend…all in the name of solving a missing person’s case. And of course, she gets more than she bargained for.
This is an interesting book to review. I’m not quite sure what it is. A mystery, sure, but not in the truest sense. A story of teen angst and drama, possibly. But aren’t all teens full of angst and drama? A romance…maybe a tad. In any case, it’s good. Hawthorn is funny, and she’s admirable as a leading teen character. And the ending is satisfying with every question being answered. A good story!
Buy It Now: The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett
Let me preface this review by saying that this book isn’t for everybody. But then, most books aren’t. Still, violence and gun violence in particular is so prevalent in our society. And when the subject is a school shooting, that one place that absolutely should be safe, it makes it that much harder. But if you do choose to read it, you won’t be sorry.
54 minutes. That’s all it takes for young lives to be forever changed. In that span of time, one teen’s inner turmoil turns into revenge. And his high school classmates are the targets. They never saw it coming as they filed into the auditorium to listen to their principal’s speech. They find themselves cowering and scrambling for safety, all the while wondering why.
As the story is told from several different perspectives, we get a glimpse into the killer’s past to find out just what pushed him to this point. We also view the tragedy through the eyes of other students. What did they know? Could they have done anything to prevent what’s unfolding? Theirs are stories of bravery and heroism, lives saved and lives lost. Each character is unique and reads true to life, and the story flows easily in spite of the varying points of view.
As much as I enjoyed this story, I long for the day when a book such as this truly is fiction instead of something that sounds very plausible. Sadly, occurrences such as this one are far too common.
Buy It Now: This Is Where It Ends