Written by Chelsea Sedoti
Expected publication: January 3rd 2017 by Sourcebooks
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
Oh my goodness. I am so in love with this book. I’m so sad for you guys that it won’t come out until January of next year. I read the first paragraph 4 times because it was so perfect, once of which was out loud to my husband, who also loved it. The first chapter was one of the best first chapters I’ve read in a long time.
Hawthorn is this unique, borderline-sociopathic girl who is just so fascinating and somehow likable despite all her flaws. Maybe it’s because she says what no one else is brave enough to say, or thinks things that are so absurd they’re amazing. The voice in this was absolutely brilliant, maybe one of my favorites of all time. That plus the high-tension stakes of a missing classmate, and this book was pure gold (like the cover!)
I just couldn’t get enough of Hawthorn. The way she views the world is so crazy that even though I felt like I knew her, everything she said still made me laugh and caught me off-guard. And everything just works. Her theory about what happened to Lizzie is straight up nuts, but somehow it just makes sense that Hawthorn believes it and totally gets into it. I feel honored to have been allowed a window into Hawthorn’s thoughts because there’s no one else around like her.
One of my favorite things Hawthorn did was her moderately-hateful wishes she would use to “curse” others when they were mean to her. Her mother told her not to wish for anything she actually didn’t want to be come true, so Hawthorn would cleverly concoct small inconveniences, like every time they drink lemonade, it would be just a little too sour. Chelsea came up with so many creative, fun examples of these, and I always looked forward to them.
The ending packs a lot of punch and is very emotional. I did have some questions leftover (more specifically, how certain characters reacted to certain events and why certain characters took certain actions), but it makes sense that the reader doesn’t find out. I think the fact that I want to know more shows how invested I became in this book and its characters.
Chelsea was so sweet in person when we met and I totally geeked out when she followed me back on Twitter. She’s a superstar. I think this book is going to be huge. This should be at the top of your TBR lists! Go add it now! (On Amazon here)
Long story short: This book was a fast-paced, enjoyable read (I finished it in 2 days), and I didn’t see any of the events coming. I highly recommend it!
There is a giveaway ending today on Goodreads! Hurry over because you don’t want to miss this book!
Up next: The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis!