When Lizzie Lovett goes missing, the whole town is in shock and everyone is talking about it. Hawthorn Creely? Couldn’t care less (or so she says). Hawthorn is your average teenager full of angst, she’s sassy, has an opinion on everything, and is mostly a loaner except for her best friend Emily. Chelsea Sedoti is able to capture that awkward time in high school where all you really want to do is belong– even if you pretend that you don’t. Her writing puts you right in Hawthorn’s shoes. For a girl with such a tough exterior and extremely witty one-liner comebacks, Hawthorn has a soft inside, is lonely and can be hurt easily.
This book kind of reminded me of Paper Towns. Someone disappears. There are theories about where she went. Someone tries to solve the mystery.
Even though Hawthorn tries to pretend like she doesn’t care, she really does. She becomes obsessed with solving the mystery of Lizzie’s disappearance, conjuring up a number of theories in her head. Things get a little weird when she goes in “too deep” by getting a job at Lizzie’s old place of work and getting acquainted with Lizzie’s boyfriend. Creepy, much Hawthorn? This part of the storyline can be a bit drawn out (as in Paper Towns), but stick with it. It’s worth it. Sedoti has an amazing voice. She writes really well and has the capability to draw the readers in.