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The Lost Causes Review


Hey you guys! This week I got to work with my faves over at Rockstar Book Tours (seriously, those guys are the best) to bring you a review of The Lost Causes, a newly released YA novel by Jessica Etting and Alyssa Schwartz. This book kind of blew my mind you guys. The Lost Causes is like The Breakfast Club but with psychics and a crime thriller twist. Seriously, it was wild.

The Lost Causes follows a group of high schoolers that the world has given up on- kids with mental illnesses, problematic home lives, and troubled pasts. Generally ignored by their teachers/ parents, these kids are all on the fast track to not much of a future; engaging in risky behaviors, missing school, and not taking advantage of their strengths. Then they get the note. It invites them all to a group therapy session; a place to work together to heal. At least that’s what the therapist says. Little do they know, they have all been administered a dose of a drug that gives them psychic powers while ridding them of their mental illnesses. The only catch? They must join the FBI to hunt a murderer.


This book was crazy action packed. I was literally on the edge of my seat, flipping the pages as fast as I could because I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. This is the type of book I can’t resist. I love the whole idea of a group of teens that don’t know each other bonding together to fight against some kind of evil or injustice. Power Rangers, The Breakfast Club, you name it, they’re all great. And in my opinion, this book deserved to be up there with the greats.

The friendships in this book were what really spoke to me. They felt real and familiar, like friendships that I have had in my life before. I also just loved the characters. I wanted to be friends with all of them. TBH, I spent a lot of time wishing that I was a part of the Lost Causes. They had such great camaraderie, and the chemistry between certain characters was palpable.

The plot of this book was so well done. I never knew what was coming. It was the kind of truly skilled plotting where something seems like it’s completely out of the blue, but then when you look back you could see it building all along. The authors were dropping hints and misdirecting us and then BAM! Crazy plot twist!

Overall, this was a very exciting and entertaining read. I loved unraveling the mystery along with the Lost Causes, finding hints and getting closer and closer to the murderer. I would suggest this to anyone who wants an exciting, well-plotted read.

My final rating- 4.5/5

Thanks for reading my review, and until next time, happy reading 🙂

About The Book:


Author: Jessica Etting & Alyssa Schwartz

Pub. Date: September 5, 2017

Publisher: Kids Can Press

Pages: 344

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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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.

About Jessica and Alyssa:

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).

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Giveaway Details:

(3) winners will receive a finished copy of THE LOST CAUSES, US & Canada.

Ends on September 19th at Midnight EST!

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

9/4/2017- The Autumn Bookshelf Interview

9/4/2017- Kourtni Reads– Review


9/5/2017- Morbid Romantic Reviews– Guest Post

9/5/2017- Mama Reads Blog– Review


9/6/2017- Owl Always Be Reading– Excerpt

9/6/2017- What the Cat Read– Review


9/7/2017- BookHounds YA– Guest Post

9/7/2017- Bibliobakes– Review


9/8/2017- Book Princess Reviews– Interview

9/8/2017- Savings in Seconds– Review


Week Two:

9/11/2017- Smada’s BookSmack– Excerpt

9/11/2017- Jessica’s Reading Room– Review


9/12/2017- Portrait of a Book– Interview

9/12/2017- Texan Girl Reads– Review


9/13/2017- Cindy’s Love of Books– Review

9/13/2017- A Gingerly Review– Review


9/14/2017- Comfort Books– Interview

9/14/2017- The Desert Bibliophile– Review


9/15/2017- Rainy Day Reviews Excerpt

9/15/2017- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review


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