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.
"A dark, comedic mystery about a girl’s quest for proof that ultimately helps her discover some truths about herself. We officially love Hawthorn. One minute, our heart was breaking with her raw, aching loneliness, then we were laughing with her crazy sideways wisdom. Like Thorny, this book is offbeat, smart and awesome." -Justine Magazine
"Hawthorn’s wildly creative imagination and humor drive this mystery’s plot forward...Recommended for teens who appreciate a protagonist with a lively imagination and an acerbic tongue." -School Library Journal
"Sedoti’s debut offers an enlightening look at the dangers of relying on outward appearances to judge someone’s character, and Hawthorn’s first-person narrative, filled with obsessive thoughts and, eventually, meaningful reflection, is a lively, engaging vehicle for the story… Fans of character-driven novels will appreciate this." -Booklist
"A solid coming-of-age novel with light spunk and individuality." -Kirkus Reviews
"Sedoti deftly pulls readers into [Hawthorn’s] head where her yearning for excitement, angst about the future, and insecurity bring further depth to her character. Hawthorn and Lizzie both emerge as surprising, intricate characters whose stories are resonant and memorable." -Publishers Weekly
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This book - I loved it but it made me very uncomfortable. Hawthorn Cressy is a 17 y.o. high school girl who becomes enthralled with the disappearance of local girl, Lizzie Lovett. Her way of dealing with Lizzie's disappearance is not what I would consider "the norm", but it is entertaining. This book is thought-provoking, sad, weird and somewhat funny in parts. The subject matter is important, but you don't realize what that is until near the end. I would consider this YA and NOT middle school friendly. I don't want to spoil this book - just read it. It is really very good!