The Lost Causes by Alyssa Embree Schwartz and Jessica Koosed Etting is a mystery novel about five teenagers who are outcasts and seen as losers by the world who suddenly get swept up in a murder mystery. The FBI, with the help of a serum, erase their problems and exchange them for psychic powers. Through the book these teens learn a lot about themselves and uncover some dangerous secrets.
From the first page, this book is very intriguing and moves with a fast pace. The twists and turns in the plot keep the reader guessing all throughout the book. The main characters are relatable and the relationships they form with each other seem very read. The authors do a very good job of conveying the emotions that these characters feel. There is a good mix of mystery, thrills, and humour making this a well balanced book. The cliffhanger at the end is very unexpected and gets the reading thinking and hoping for more.
Though there were many good things about this book, at times the wording seems awkward and the writing style is confusing. The plot is compelling, but some things seem too easy for the main characters. It feels like certain information is given to the main characters rather than having them work for it. These aspects take away from the plot.
This book is good for readers aged 14 and up, and readers who enjoy mystery novels and cliffhangers. The Lost Causes is a well rounded, fast paced book that keeps you guessing till the end.
Reviewed by Chitrini