The Lost Causes
Authors: Jessica Etting & Alyssa Schwartz
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Formats: Hardcover, ebook
Synopsis:They’re the kids that no one knows — or no one wants to know. The rich depressive, the OCD chick, the hypochondriac, the drug abuser, the athlete with anger management issues. All chosen for intensive group therapy because they’re out of other options. They’re lost causes, the therapist tells them. She promises this support group will help them heal.
There’s only one problem. She’s not a therapist. And that water she offers? It contains a dangerous serum that gives each of the kids a psychic power.
Suddenly, they can think clearly, speak to ghosts, see the past, even move objects with their mind. Their earlier problems have vanished, but their new freedom comes with a price.
Sabrina, Gabby, Z, Justin and Andrew are to help the FBI solve the grisly murder that has rocked their small town. Their new powers will help them uncover clues and follow leads that have eluded the authorities. Their outsider status gives them the perfect cover.
But the same traits that make them top investigators also make them vulnerable. As they close in on the murderer, they expose a much larger conspiracy that puts them directly in harm’s way and makes them wonder who — if anyone — they can trust.
I had a feeling that this book was going to be a lot of fun – kids who are given psychic powers to help investigate murders and crimes? Add in that creepy cover, and I have to say, sign me right up for this! I expected an awesome story, characters that I couldn’t get enough of, and a whole bunch of thrilling and crazy stuff going on that really kept me on the edge of my seat from the beginning until the end of the book. And guess what? That’s exactly what this book delivers, so I was so happy! This book is perfect for those who never felt like they belonged as teenagers (or who currently don’t feel much of a sense of belonging) – I guess maybe that’s why I like it so much!
First of all, the characters in this book are going to end up being relateable – at least one of them will probably appeal to every reader, as there are 5 of them. One of the kids are rich and depressed, one girl has OCD, one of them is a hypochondriac, one of them uses drugs, and the other is the athletic type – only with horrible anger issues. These five aren’t well known, but that isn’t going to last long at all. The therapist that they all see dubs them “Lost Causes,” but she promises that she can help them, and that it will make them better than they are now.
The only issue? The “therapist” isn’t exactly a therapist. She offers the kids refreshments that are laced with a serum that gives them psychic powers. They can see perfectly clear now, including seeing the past. They are able to talk to ghosts now. And they have telepathic powers that allow them to move things around just by thinking about it.
While these powers make them feel like they are something more than what they were, the people that gave them these powers don’t intend on allowing them to use them as they will for free – no, they want them to work with them, uncovering crimes, solving murders, and using their powers for the greater good.
I seriously loved the entire premise for this book. The writing style is just so easy to get into, and the characters are all really well fleshed out and written so that you can fall right into their lives. The crazy powers that they receive are really cool – it’s the perfect book for those who long to have some kind of psychic power.
I love how this book takes a group of outsiders and gives them special abilities and makes them powerful. The twists that happen while they are trying to solve the big murder in the town will really throw you for a loop, and don’t even get me started on how suspenseful this book is. It’s truly amazing – the two authors who wrote this book definitely have plenty of talent, and it really shines through in this novel!
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Hi, we’re Jessica & Alyssa!
We’re best pal writing partners who have been obsessed with reading since we each used to hoard The Babysitters Club books in our bedrooms across the country from one another in Los Angeles (Jess) and Virginia (Lyss).
We finally met on the first day of college at USC, long enough ago that Rocket Dog platform flip-flops were fully acceptable night-out shoes and our biggest life decision was whether to watch Dawson’s Creek or Beverly Hills, 90210 on Wednesday nights (90210, obviously).
We started writing together right after college when we took the “write what you know” adage to heart and wrote a TV pilot that sold to Fox about how life sucks when you’re 22, broke and a freshman in life. We spent the next many, many years writing for TV and film before we jumped into the book world, a major lifelong dream of ours.
The number one question everyone always asks us is how we write as a team so here’s the rundown…After being best friends and writing together for so long, our brains now officially occupy a shared space. Ninety percent of the time, we know what the other person is going to say before she even opens her mouth. Our husbands think it’s creepy, but we think it’s awesome. After this many years, we’ve honed it to a pretty efficient process….except for when we digress on Facetime to catch each other up on the few hours we weren’t in contact with each other (which takes especially long if we’ve both finished the same book and need to discuss, if one of us needs justification for an argument we picked with our husband or if we’ve discovered a new hair product, self-tanner or blog).
(3) winners will receive a finished copy of THE LOST CAUSES, US & Canada.
Ends on September 19th at Midnight EST!
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