Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Review: The Disappearance of Lizzy Ross by Jessica Schein

A new four-book e-novella series featuring four different characters trying to find out the answer to one big question: where is Lizzy Ross? Book 1: Mimi Lerner and Lizzy Ross have been best friends since high school began and now, as seniors, they've made big plans together—from a trip to the Bahamas only months away to going to college the following year and ruling it like they do high school. But when Lizzy goes MIA after a party Mimi throws at a posh Manhattan hotel, everything is suddenly up in the air and Mimi must face facts: Lizzy Ross may not be the girl she knew, and the life she thought she'd have is going in a very different direction. Please note that this book ends in a cliffhanger and book 2 will be told by another character. Keep an eye out for the next installment, as told by a different character, of the Lizzy Ross series in early 2014!
Thank you to Netgalley and the author for allowing me to review an ARC of this novella.

This novella was really well done, and unlike anything I've ever read before.  Mimi has many character flaws, and is not exactly likable, and yet, I found myself feeling sorry for her almost instantly.  Despite being ridiculously wealthy, her parents have virtually nothing to do with her life, so the only love she receives is from her best friend, Lizzy, and her sometimes boyfriend/coke dealer, Jared.  When Lizzy disappears and Jared all but cuts her off, she feels very alone and sorry for herself.  She also feels confused by all the clues she comes across to Lizzy's disappearance.  

The author does a fantastic job of revealing little tidbits here and there, things that make a reader say, "Whoah, didn't see that coming!"  I think it takes a rare talent for an author to take a character with questionable morals and make a reader not only identify with them, but sympathize with them, too.  

I'm looking forward to seeing what happens in the next installment, and I'm extremely curious as to who will be the narrator!

My rating:  3.5 stars

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