Lizzie Lovett has it all: good looks, popularity, and plenty of boys lining up for her. Hawthorn Creely believes Lizzie was born with good luck and her whole life has been handed to her. Hawthorn fixates on her resentment for Lizzie as she tries to survive high school. But when Lizzie Lovett goes camping with her boyfriend and doesn’t come back, everything, and everyone, changes.
The story is told from Hawthorn Creely’s perspective and the reader becomes very intimate with her every thought. Hawthorn is guarded, insecure, self-centered, immature, and jealous. These attributes are generally unpleasant, however, in this YA it is perfection. As an adult, I can look back on my teenage years and realize that I had these attributes sometimes in high school.
Negative attributes aside, she also has a thirst for knowledge, wild imagination, a fierce independence, and a naivete that often gets the best of her. When Lizzie Lovett goes missing, Hawthorn is initially dry and arrogant. However, her fixation changes from resenting her to wanting to become more like her. She finds ways to assimilate into Lizzie Lovett’s life in limbo.
What I liked most about this book is the authentic nature of Hawthorn’s experience. It is realistically honest and raw. She is not the hero. Everything does not go according to plan. Friends do not stay the same. People are not always what they seem. Life is not always sunshine and fairy tales. Disappointment will come, even when you work hard and try your best.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who has gone through high school. Those in high school and younger may not understand (or believe) that people often change drastically after high school. High school is a time to grow into who you will be and that process is different for everyone.
To whom it may concern: there is some foul language, sexually suggestive scenarios, and suicidal themes.
Please note: An electronic copy of this book was generously provided for free by the Publisher via Netgalley.