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. – Goodreads.com
I received this book free from the publisher via netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Hawthorn is one of those angsty teens that just doesn’t seem to fit anywhere. Just like I was and just like I’m sure many of my bookish readers were. She has some interesting quirks and strange ways of thinking and finds it hard to be accepted. Again, just like me and probably many of you!
Being a teen, verging on adulthood is a tough time for anyone. You’re trying to find yourself, figure out who you are, and to do that I think we all tend to look to other people as examples – whether we want to be like them or we’re focusing on not being like them or simply comparing ourselves to their standard.
This novel really represents that transition well and the effects of obsessing over other people while never really taking the time to get to know yourself.
The story didn’t quite turn out the way I expected it and I found myself struggling through the last few very emotionally charged pages. Sometimes the ending you don’t expect or want is the best one for the story, though, and I think that’s what’s happened here which perfectly parallels Hawthorn’s journey.
There are some difficult topics in this novel which I don’t really want to give away, but I would say to read with caution if you have ever struggled with anxiety or depression!
Great for new adults or those wishing to revisit and make sense of their teenage years through a kindred spirit.