THE LOST CAUSES Blog Tour
About The Book:
Title: THE LOST CAUSES
Author: Jessica Etting & Alyssa Schwartz
Pub. Date: September 5, 2017
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Find it: Amazon, B&N, TBD, Goodreads
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.
So far it is at 4.5 stars. I have another 50 pages to go – so this is just my first impression. Throw a group of high school outcasts into a small room for therapy and then experiment on them. This is a very fun read that isn’t easily classifiable since it has elements of science fiction, a bit of fantasy and old fashioned mystery. If this was a television show, it would easily be your most favorite thing ever. I know it is described as the Breakfast Club
Throw a group of high school outcasts into a small room for therapy and then experiment on them. This is a very fun read that isn’t easily classifiable since it has elements of science fiction, a bit of fantasy and old fashioned mystery. If this was a television show, it would easily be your most favorite thing ever since I can see this group of kids solving a new mystery each week. I will have a more complete review over the weekend.
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).
We combined our list because we have a lot of overlap and we both have the same book that we hate!
- The Likeness by Tana French — My absolute favorite thriller and bonus points for the badass heroine at the center of it. As soon as I read the last page, my first thought was, “I wish it wasn’t over.” My second thought was, “I wish I’d written this.” My third thought was, “I want to write this movie.” Then I called all my friends to tell them to read it.
- The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald — I love Gatsby, but this is the Fitzgerald novel that I still constantly think about.
- This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper — It nails the tricky combo of laugh-out-loud funny and tears-trickling-down-your-face-moving.
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins — It’s rare when a book lives up to its hype, but the characters and the world sprang to life on the first page and it was a rush of suspense until the last page. (And when Kate Egan, the editor of the trilogy, signed on to edit The Lost Causes, we partied like a winning tribute!).
- Are you there God, it’s me, Margaret by Judy Blume — This book might have caused me to have nightmares about belted maxi-pads (not kidding, look it up), but that aside, the universal feelings of adolescent angst sparked my love of everything YA back when YA wasn’t even a thing.
- Dare Me by Megan Abbott — Reading my first Megan Abbott book was like opening my first bag of Flaming Hot Cheetos. I immediately needed more.
- The One & Only by Emily Giffin – We always buy Emily Giffen books hot off the presses. She is a master at writing characters you feel like you know in real life (or just wish you did).
- The Third Eye by Lois Duncan – She was an author we fangirled over in our own pre-teen years. This one, about a clairvoyant teen trying to help the police solve a crime, served as early inspiration for The Lost Causes.
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith – It’s a Coming of Age classic for a reason. No matter how many times I re-read this one, I’m always viscerally pulled into the world of book-loving Francie and her realistically flawed family.
- Tell No One by Harlan Coben – His suspenseful mysteries draw you in instantly – and have kept us up reading way too late on many occasion because they’re also impossible to put down. This one is perfection.
(3) winners will receive a finished copy of THE LOST CAUSES, US & Canada.
Ends on September 19th at Midnight EST!