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When Hawthorn learns that popular, perfect Lizzie Lovett disappeared during a camping trip, she isn’t exactly sad. But she is curious. Lizzie was the most popular cheerleader in Hawthorn’s older brother’s grade. Camping? The Lizzie Hawthorn knew was way too concerned with designer clothes and make-up to spend the night in the woods. Not that Hawthorn knew Lizzie well. Like everyone else, Lizzie treated Hawthorn as a social outcast. But for some reason, Hawthorn is drawn to the mystery of Lizzie’s disappearance, and it isn’t long before she comes up with a crazy theory of her own–a theory so nuts that she becomes the school laughingstock. Only Lizzie’s boyfriend, Enzo, seems to believe that Hawthorn’s theory might be true. And as they begin to investigate, she winds up closer to Lizzie–and Enzo–than she ever would have imagined.
This realistic fiction novel pits a unique narrator with an unconventional family background against the common conflicts of friendships, family relationships, first love, high school social strata, and finding one’s identity. The story is engaging not only due to the mystery of Lizzie’s but also thanks to compelling characters and relationships. An enjoyable read from a new YA author!