Lizzie by Dawn Ius


Seventeen-year-old Lizzie Borden has never been kissed. Polite but painfully shy, Lizzie prefers to stay in the kitchen, where she can dream of becoming a chef and escape her reality. With tyrannical parents who force her to work at the family’s B&B and her blackout episodes—a medical condition that has plagued her since her first menstrual cycle—Lizzie longs for a life of freedom, the time and space to just figure out who she is and what s...

Details Lizzie

Release DateApr 10th, 2018
PublisherSimon Pulse

Reviews Lizzie

  • Stacee
    I am 100% on board for a Lizzie Borden book and I was so excited to read this, sadly I was quite disappointed. I read to 45% before I skipped to 80% and read the rest. Lizzie was an interesting character. She’s got a horrible family life and is trying to be what she needs to be to everyone. There’s an unreliable narrator aspect to this story that was the main reason I kept going. Plot wise, it was weird. I don’t know if some of the problem ...
  • Amy's Book Reviews
    I’ve been a Lizzie Borden buff since I saw the Elizabeth Montgomery movie when I was 11 back in 1975. I’ve read probably a dozen nonfiction books, watched the miniseries and movies, I even stayed in the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast in Fall River, Massachusetts, in Lizzie’s own bedroom. Here’s a link to my Facebook photo album .I couldn’t wait to read Dawn Ius’s LIZZIE a modern take on the true...
  • Kate
    I can't pass up a Lizzie Borden tale! Dawn Ius drags Lizzie into the present, makes her 18 and working as a cook for her family's Bed and Breakfast (which makes me chuckle, since the real Borden house is an actual B&B now). Lizzie is struggling with both the physical and mental abuse she endures from her father and stepmother, and a poorly treated medical condition (physical and mental). Her older sister Emma is off at college, and Lizzie is stuc...
  • Kali
    To start out, this is not based in the 1800s and is modernized. I can get past this in some cases, but if you can write a tale about the 1800s, take the opportunity presented to you. The actual Lizzie Borden lived during that time period, and what I know from actually selling these books is that writing anything based in her actual time period - sells better. This will not be one of my recommendations. I sell to teenagers and although I sincerely...
  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    I was sold as soon as I saw that this was about Lizzie Borden.  I knew I would like it and wasn't wrong.This is a modern take on Lizzie Borden.  The story takes place now, but still had a lot of the elements from the true events.   Lizzie has a medical condition that makes her black out the second her period arrives every month.  She doesn't remember anything from during the blackouts.  This happens right as the new maid, Bridget, arrives....
  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    The subject matter of this book was interesting-- taking a YA horror slant on the tale of Lizzie Borden, which is why I picked it up in the first place. That said, it was an odd combination of historical fiction with present day that didn't quite work for me. I thought it was in the 1800s (when Lizzie really lived), because everything seemed so old fashioned. Then another character started talking about Star Wars, which was really weird for me, a...
  • Crys
    I really thought about giving this book 2 stars, but at the end the author gave me enough to make me say, "It was okay. Not great, but okay."I think I went into this book expecting too much. I love reading re-tellings, and I really thought that's what I was going to get with this. I think I would've enjoyed it more in a not-so-modern setting. Maybe it's because I'm old fashioned about Lizzie Borden tales.What worked for me: the development of the...
  • Ari Tinius
    4.5 starsOkay, I liked this book a lot! I loved the writing and just overall the general plot. It was interesting to see Lizzie Borden in a modern day world! My only problem with it tbh is sometimes the setting got really confusing??? Plus I felt the author kinda skimped out on the ending?????? Which lowkey sucked, but I highly recommend this book!!!
  • Melissa Flanagin
    3.5 starsThis is a modern retelling of the Lizzie Borden story. Very interesting.
  • Lauren loves llamas
    Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)[verbal, emotional and physical abuse, cutting, homophobia (hide spoiler)]When I first heard there was a YA reimagining of the Lizzie Borden, I was so excited! Unfortunately, it didn’t quite live up to my expectations.“What if my family is right? What if my madness can’t be controlled?”“We’re not so different, Lizzie.”My mouth opens in surprise. “How can you say that?”“Because I love you,” she...
  • Ava
    I reserve 5 star ratings for books that leave me sitting speechless, not knowing what to do with my life, the moment I have to shut their covers.Lizzie left me heartbroken.Now I just read a ton of negative reviews complaining about how inaccurate it was, but the idea is that it was a FICTIONAL REIMAGINING. Neither of those words mean it has to be accurate to the real life story. Anyways though. I am a huge sucker for A) kind characters, B) misund...
  • Kate
    I read this ARC via Edelweiss Plus.Lizzie Borden doesn't have a whole lot of freedom. Her father and stepmother see her as mentally unstable, and refuse to let her even think about culinary school for fear that she'll have a breakdown. It doesn't help that every time Lizzie gets her period she blacks out and terrible things happen. She's alone at the Borden B&B when she feels a similar attack coming on. Luckily, Bridget arrives at the door. Bridg...
  • Samantha
    This was a Goodreads Giveaway - 2.5 stars. I did not realize that it was a YA novel until I received it in the mail... I was disappointed but decided to read it anyway. I had issues with the first 2/3 of the book and couldn't really see where the writer was going with things...and was sick of hearing about meatloaf and Bridget!! For a person that wants to be a would think she would attempt to make more than just meatloaf and lemon loaf...
  • Dennise
    I was lucky enough to win an ARC of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. Like many other people, I am fascinated by Lizzie Borden. So when I heard there was a modern day retelling, I was on board!I am very torn on this book. If half stars were a thing, this book would get 2.5 stars. I feel like this book is a cross between The Uninvited and Beautiful Mind with dashes of Lizzie Borden's story thrown in. Anyone who has ever heard the story of Li...
  • Lynndell
    The story of Lizzie Borden with fictional flair!Thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to read and review Lizzie by Dawn Ius! Mystery sums up the prologue with the narrator disoriented and seemingly injured. Chapter one opens five years later. Facts about the historical and infamous Lizzie Borden are scattered throughout the story and some are facts that I wasn’t already aware of, even though I have read a few books about ...
  • Anna Smithberger
    This started very strong and then got worse for me as the plot progressed. I think overdoing the mental illness plot really weakened it overall; it both made the story hard to follow and took away some of the ambiguity of the ending. I think we would have been better served by an unreliable narrator.Also, half the reason this book was of interest to me was the queer representation and to have Bridget be both so ridiculously unrealistic for a 16/1...
  • Jenni Frencham
    Oh how much I wanted to like this one. I love retellings, and I don't even mind when they get a modern twist. Unfortunately, the storyline was extremely difficult to follow. The train of thought switched so frequently, the timeline skipped months at times, and the constant "swipe, swipe" made me "swipe, swipe" on my tablet to get to the meat of the story. My library has a very limited budget for YA, and we will not be purchasing this one this yea...
  • Genni Eccles
    Read 55 percent of the book, skimmed the rest. Unfortunately, I just didn't connect with this book. The second half does seem more interesting, but not much was happening in the parts I had read. There were dramatic scenes, but they seemed out of place and not that well connected. I never got a good sense of time, and I think that negatively impacted my experience. Full review to come. :)
  • Adolf Hydra
    This third installment is one of my favorites of the whole series. They appear for the first time characters that I adore, the characters are somewhat older and Harry has someone at his side apart from his friends.
  • Ophelia Milo
    Lesbian Lizzie Borden in the modern era: yes, please. The writing style is fun but favors wordplay over clarity when given the choice. The ending is 100% expected. It's probably pulpy. And I don't care. Lesbian Lizzie Borden! It was fun the whole time.
  • Leigh Kenyon
    4.5 Stars. I don’t know what all the flack is about—it’s wonderfully written, NOT QUEERBAITING, and has a gut-wrenching, heart-stopping twist that caught me completely off guard. Read this book if you’re interested in Lizzie Borden!
  • Anita
    I loved this book. I know a lot of things were made up but it was still so much fun to read and get into. Dawn did a really good job with reality and fiction and making me crave meatloaf! I know, I'm weird!
  • Shellina Borgman
    Interesting modern adaptation of the story.
  • Lindsay
    I’m wholeheartedly confused by this book and I’m okay with that. I honestly enjoyed it a lot.
  • Amanda
    i was so excited for this novel i was sure it would be such a #Me book but i’m… disappointed
  • Halli Gomez
    There are specific types of books I’m drawn to, and because of my long career with police departments (as an employee, not a criminal!) murder mysteries are at the top of my list. When I saw this book about Lizzie Borden, I knew this was a must read. The fictional tale of Lizzie by Dawn Ius was just what I hoped it would be.The retelling of Lizzie Borden life, and the events that lead to the murders of Andrew and Abigail Borden, is a tale full ...