The Lost Causes

The Lost Causes

by Jessica Koosed Etting, Alyssa Schwartz


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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.

Compulsively readable, The Lost Causes sweeps readers into the place where science fiction and mystery meet, ending on a drop-dead cliffhanger that will leave them longing for more.

Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz have written extensively for TV and film. Their YA series Georgetown Academy was released in ebook format by interactive publisher Coliloquy (since sold to Vook) and has built a strong following on Wattpad, with over 1.3 million reads and over 12,000 followers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781525301339
Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 19,052
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Alyssa Schwartz has sold multiple television pilots to NBC, CW and ABC and has written films for several studios, including Paramount and MGM. She recently branched out into Young Adult fiction with the four-book series Georgetown Academy and the mystery-thriller The Lost Causes, both co-authored with her writing partner, Jessica Etting. She resides in Washington, D.C.

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The Lost Causes 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
GenTheBookLover More than 1 year ago
I would definitely recommend this book to ANYONE who likes thrillers -- although this book is listed in the YA section it really is for all ages. The main characters are a group of five teenagers who feel like oddballs -- each one has something weird about them that makes them feel like they do not fit in with the normal kids. Because of this, they are brought together to help solve a huge mystery surrounding their town. the book had a psychic element to the story as well which is always interesting. The ending has a great twist that you will not see coming! The Lost Causes is an exciting edge of your seat, page-turning thriller that I read over a 2 day span - I literally couldn't put it down. The book is so well written it is like seeing a movie in your head as you read. In fact, I can see this turning into a TV series or movie.
Holly More than 1 year ago
The Lost Causes was not the book that I was expecting, it was so much better than you can ever imagine. The way that this book draws you into these five young kids who are deemed lost causes by their families and teachers was perfect for what this book was saying. You can't help but to feel their pain for what they had to go through to only to be taken for a ride after they drink a special potion that makes them have special powers to help with a murder case. As you get more and more into this book, you can't help but to wonder what is coming and once you realize who is telling the truth and who is keeping a major secret, it makes the last page spoiler even better! I really hope that a second book is coming soon just to know more about what is gonna happen next for these five kids and what will come of the major spoiler in the end! Thank You to Alyssa Embree Schwartz & Jessica Koosed Etting for this fantastic read that left me speechless! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from RockStar Book Tours!
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SchizanthusNerd More than 1 year ago
I can't begin to tell you how much I loved this book! The Lost Causes shouldn't have worked so well ... but it did. It took on so many themes and genres that it should have read like a book that couldn't make up its mind what it wanted to be when it grew up ... but it worked. Now this isn't exhaustive by any means but we had murder, conspiracy theories, addiction, child abuse, abandonment issues, trust issues, mystery, humour ... yet it was cohesive. I can't think of another book where I've made it to the end and still haven't decided who my favourite character was. This book was primarily written in segments focusing on each of the five Lost Causes - Z, Sabrina, Andrew, Justin, and Gabby. Now, this usually annoys me in books because I find it can disrupt the flow and make the book feel disjointed ... but it worked here. It started with Z and I immediately bonded with her, partly because of her attitude and partly because she was rocking my hairstyle. I was sure she'd be my favourite character. Then I discovered that my favourite character was constantly changing, depending on who I was reading about at the time. The banter between the five was realistic and I loved that their growing bond wasn't all sunshine and roses. They annoyed and didn't always understand each other, and why should they? They had such diverse personalities. They had no reason to become Insta-friends. I don't want to give away any spoilers but suffice it to say that the plot kept me guessing, I wanted to know what happened next with both the plot and the relationships between the characters and I had so much fun reading this book. I even half expected Mulder and Scully to walk in and join the investigation. Thank you to NetGalley and Kids Can Press for the opportunity to read this book. I will definitely be rereading it.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite Cedar Springs High students Zelda, Sabrina, Andrew, Gabby, and Justin are the ones everyone around them-peers, parents, and teachers-deem as lost causes, which rightly gives this YA mystery thriller its title. Two undercover FBI agents, Ryan Nash and Patricia Nichols, summoned them to a ‘group-therapy program’, where the teens drink a special serum that erases their problems and gives each of them a psychic ability. In return, they must track a killer who murdered one of their town residents. Despite the premise of The Lost Causes by Jessica Etting and Alyssa Schwartz being slightly formulaic, it’s executed well through the well-paced plot. Characterization is the main strength of the story for me, where each of the characters and their relationships are given enough room to grow. It’s interesting how they adjust to their new abilities and working together to solve the murder case. It’s a play on irony; Justin Diaz, a football player with anger issues, has the ability of psychokinesis or moving physical objects using the mind, while OCD Gabby Dahl’s ability is retro-cognition, or triggering visions of the past by touching objects. I do relate more to the smart but gloomy Zelda or Z, who’s able to read people’s thoughts. Personally, I find Andrew Foreman, the hypochondriac turned genius, has the best deal out of it, but strangely proves his worth differently. The narrative has a solid clarity and is engaging. There are good moments of humor, camaraderie, and suspense. The proposed mystery is intricate, thrilling and perplexing, making the story a page-turner. YA romance is expected, although I’m ambivalent about a certain romantic relationship between two characters. On the whole, The Lost Causes is surprisingly a gratifying read. Despite being a YA imprint, older readers can enjoy it as well.
ForTheArtOfIt More than 1 year ago
I received an eARC from the publisher. Here is my honest review. It's a bit hard for me to talk about this book. So I'm just going to keep it simple. What I liked: I thought the writing was decent (pacing was solid and the intrigue kept you guessing). I loved the premise of the book. A group of misfit teens are secretly selected by the FBI to receive enhanced abilities to help fight crime - SOLD! I also really like the teen characters. Since it's an ensemble group, I thought the authors did an incredible job of developing each of them and showing their unique characteristics but also show the similarities and common feelings that pull them together into a team. What made me cringe and pulled the book from a solid 3, maybe 4 star read to 2 stars: spoiler (view spoiler) The ending was a bit abrupt which would normally leave me expecting a sequel - there are so many great directions that this series could go, both in terms of plot and in exploring issues that young people face today. That ultimately is why I think it's so important to have great stuff for young adults to read and for adults to read - bridge connections and open conversations.
Myndia More than 1 year ago
When I first read the blurb for The Lost Causes, I was determined to get my hands on it. Stories of “otherness” draw me in like a bear to honey. And the cover is really atmospheric, dark and gloomy and oh so promising. But despite really liking it (truly, I did---see the 4 stars?), it also fell a little flat for me, probably because my expectations were set too high (by me, myself and I). The story was good, but formulaic. Five troubled teenagers who have been written off by the world are forcibly injected with a serum that gives them superpowers AND takes away all their mental health issues (anger, depression, OCD, addiction, etc.). These self-proclaimed “lost causes” are then presented with the opportunity to help the FBI track down a killer and save the world. Naturally, there are twists and turns, but as much as I hate to say so…the who and why weren’t much of a shock. Basically, it felt like The Breakfast Club (yay!) meets Heroes (also yay!), but what I really wanted was Heroes meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer, know what I mean? It wasn’t a surprise to find that the author team has been writing TV and movie scripts since graduating college. That isn’t a bad thing (awesome for them, yes?), but it wasn’t what I was expecting. The characters were a little one dimensional, there was no real suspense, and I was hoping for a lot more grit and kick-assery. It was a good read. Good. I’d recommend it to anyone who likes their YA clean and safe. Like I said, The Breakfast Club meets Heroes lite. It was entertaining, but not everything I wanted it to be. Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley/Edelwiess. I pride myself on writing fair and honest reviews.