Saturday, July 15, 2017
40. The Lost Causes by Lisa Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz
2017 (Sept 5) Kids Can Press
Goodreads rating: 3.89 - 37 ratings
My rating: 1 / A waste of time
Setting: contemporary US
First line/s: "The Cedar Springs High campus looked Photoshopped that morning."
My comments: This was my first netgalley read, and they'll probably never let me read another one. I'm so sad to say I didn't enjoy this book at all. It took me forever to finish. And I almost didn't. I really wanted to like it and I feel terrible giving it a bad review, but I must be honest. It was ridiculous. Nothing was believable in even the tiniest way, I found myself rolling my eyes over and over again. For so many reasons. Stupid bad guys that did stupid things and still got away with them even though there were all sorts of (smart?) people investigating. Using kids in the laid-back way they did. Having FBI agents totally unsupervised. Uninteresting things going on and on and on and interesting things just mentioned quickly and done. Boring writing, characters I didn't care about or that didn't seem based in reality. I could go on, but would give away more spoilers. Perhaps I feel this way because my usual genre is police procedurals and crime investigations and this is so far-fetched compared to them that you can't even compare them.
Goodreads 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.