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3.07  ·  Rating details ·  435 ratings  ·  117 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 10th 2018 by Simon Pulse
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Sep 10, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2018
did ryan and shane from buzzfeed unsolved write this book
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 was the formatting of the e-arc or an intentional attemp
Amy Leigh
May 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book just didn't do it for me. The writing was rudimentary and that was really the YA part of it. I had trouble discerning what was actually happening and that really bothered me. I was so excited when I saw this book was coming out because a modern day Lizzie Borden book sounds fantastic! but it wasn't anything like what I expected. It was more about her crush on the new maid and her fighting against her beliefs.

I think if this story had been told by several POVs with cohesive writing that
Briar's Reviews
Lizzie by Dawn Ius is a unique YA take on the Lizzie Borden murders.

I was super intrigued by this book and ridiculously excited to see it show up in my mailbox. I really like reading into weird mysteries and seeing new takes on them. Seeing a YA book about it made me even more curious, because YA is such an interesting area of books and the books written for this group tend to go one of two ways.

I found this book rather boring and weird, which made me quite sad. The premise of this book sounded
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
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Gemma ♕ Bookish Gems
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbtq-rep, tt-reads
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Jay G
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Lizzie Borden is struggling with the mental and physical abuse her father and step-mother inflict on her daily while working at her family's Bed & Breakfast as the cook. That's when the new maid, Bridget Sullivan enters her life and everything changes.

I was originally very excited for a modern day Lizzie Borden retelling with a gay twist but was ultimately disappointed with this book. T
Kasha's Book Sematary
May 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately I didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. I have always been fascinated with the Lizzie Borden case and decided to give this modern interpretation a go.

I appreciated the diversity brought into the story and while I can see where the author was going with this, it all felt a bit messy.

The insta love moment and the weird jumps from one situation to the next without really letting the situation develop or conclude felt unnatural and made it hard to connect with any of the
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Anyone who has followed my blog for any length of time knows I have a small obsession with Lizzie Borden. So when I saw a new YA book coming out about her, I knew I'd have to grab it. A lot of us already know the tale of Lizzie and this one is basically the same. However, it's an updated version and Ius added some modern flair. For example, Lizzie wants nothing more desperately to be the next Emeril Lagasse and is always cooking and creating new dishes for her father and step-father's bed and br ...more
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
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 stuck making meat loaf and watching Emeril Largesse on ...more
The writing is a little over-the-top and the liberties taken here a bit absurd, but I sure did read this in about one sitting. A lot of the details about Lizzie's life are correct, and then for fun, she's queer here and (view spoiler). It's totally obvious from the beginning but....I didn't stop.

Ari Elaine
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Okay, 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!!!

I picked this up at the library to preview for my classes, because kids are always asking for more scary books. It wasn't truly scary to the end, and while LIzzie's voice is compelling and I felt terrible for her, I was frustrated by the vagueness surrounding her illness. There's also a twist that I anticipated from the first chapter, having read too many books with this particular twist. ...more
Apr 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
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4.5 awesome stuff.

What I liked:

The way the book is written gave the Bordan case a new twist. I enjoyed how the prose worked with the new story; how Lizzie is a prisoner in her own family home, how her abuse is so heartwrenching that you root for her to go ahead and pick up the hatchet.

I liked the aspect of (view spoiler) Bridget, who was everything Lizzie wanted: the freedom, the travel, the spontaneity, the light.

The writing emphasized how Lizzie's mentality felt you
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, and took me out of the story every time this happen ...more
Apr 28, 2018 rated it liked it
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 complicated relationship between Lizzie and her d
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. ...more
A. Hydra
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Melissa Flanagin
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This is a modern retelling of the Lizzie Borden story. Very interesting.
Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Very middle in the road for me. Review will come soon.
Kristen Nummerdor
May 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Bleh. Exciting idea, poor execution.
Sarah Marie
Sep 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: to-review
3 stars. This wasn't a horrible book, but turning the Borden case into a modern story wasn't incredibly effective. It was still readable and the suspense was there, but it was more of a teen drama than a story of Lizzie's deterioration or need for survival in an abusive setting. Review to come. ...more
Jul 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya-lgbt
“Oh yay, a queer book about Lizzie Borden, so we’ll get some murder but also some girls making out!”

This is what I thought. And yes. There is murder. And there’s girls making out. But the overall message that comes out of this book is *not* positive, and it actually rather suggests that loving a girl can make you crazy. Like, so crazy you murder your dad and stepmom with a hatchet.

Spoilers ahead.

So Lizzie has a condition where she blacks out when she gets her period. She also has a ton of anxiet
Lauren loves llamas
Trigger warnings: (view 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 says, and a ghost of a smile curls up her lip. “And love is a kind of m
Ava G - no longer a rainbow rowell stan
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) misunderstood characters/characters with crappy lives th
Tayler K
6/13/18: I checked this in at work a couple days ago, read the flap, and went out to my coworker quietly repeating her name over and over until she looked up and I was like "This is a modern day Lizzie Borden retelling and I think she might kill her parents because they don't want her to be gay!" I haven't read a novel in months and I got so excited about the concept of this one. I hope it'll be great!


This book was 100% a 5-star book for me. Just the flap had me so excited. I was super-in
Save Your Money For Books
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I grabbed this book at the airport during a trip last week and finished it during my flight. I was intrigued by the concept of a new fictional adaptation to the Lizzie Borden story to appeal to a modern crowd.

Lizzie is eighteen years old in this adaptation. Her parents are controlling and abusive and force her to work as a cook in their bed and breakfast. She's yearns for more, to find her place in this world. Her budding relationship with the newly hired maid Bridget gives a glimpse of the per
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. Bridget is the new maid, and Lizzie falls hard for her
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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DAWN IUS is a short-story author, novelist, screenwriter, professional editor, and communications specialist. She is the author of three contemporary young adult novels published by Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster)—Anne & Henry, Overdrive, and the forthcoming Lizzie, April 2018, as well as 15 educational graphic novels for the Alberta Canola Producers Commission, and a TV script for the forthcoming ...more

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