The Disappearance of Lizzy Ross by Jessica Schein
Published by: Jessica Schein by October 29th 2013
Genre: Mystery, Contemporary, Young Adult
Source: ARC from NetGalley
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I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. It does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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!
About the Author: Jessica Schein was born and raised in Manhattan and is a graduate of both Bates College and Lesley University, from which she received her M.F.A in Creative Writing. After school, she spent nearly eight years working in the marketing departments of a number of children’s publishing houses and dreaming of the day she’d publish her own stories. She currently lives in Seattle with her dog, Owen, who is—of course—named after a well-known literary character. When not writing, she can be found cooking, running, doing yoga, or spacing out.
Mimi and Lizzy have been best friends since they were little. They are both very wealthy and attend a private school. They go out and party every weekend and do drugs and drink alcohol. Lizzy is very secretive about herself and doesn’t tell her best friend, Mimi everything. Mimi is “dating” a guy named Jared who she gets her cocaine from. Mimi has an addiction to cocaine.
One day Mimi and Lizzy book a hotel room for a party one weekend. Both show up to the hotel earlier to set up and everything. The next day, Mimi can’t get a hold of Lizzy and she doesn’t really think it was a big deal at the time. Days pass and Lizzy still isn’t answering her phone or texts. Mimi starts to get worried but still doesn’t think much of it. She believes that this is just something Lizzy does occasionally. After about a week and a half, Mimi goes over to Lizzy’s house just to make sure she’s alright. Neither the maid or Lizzy’s parents have heard from her either. Mimi starts getting worried, but still doesn’t tell anyone about it. After 2 weeks the police have become involved and Lizzy is considered a missing person at this point. No one knows where she is or what happened to her.
I was really excited to start this book because it sounded really interesting! Hello, the title explains it! Lizzy is missing! Well, nothing was really solved…
I was kept looking at the reviews that are on Goodreads and kept telling myself to keep reading. Mimi is VERY addicted to cocaine and will do anything to get her hands on it. I found this extremely annoying. I didn’t connect to Mimi at all, or any character for that manner. I felt that all Mimi did was worry about the next time she was getting her drugs and what she was going to do to Jared to get a hold of it. She didn’t care to much that her BEST FRIEND has gone missing and could possibly be dead on the side of the road somewhere.
About 60% into this, I was really hoping it’d pick up and Mimi would clean up her act and start helping…. Nope… She continued to worry about Jared and her drugs…
“Where is Lizzy? Where is Jared? When will I get more coke?”
Nothing was resolved and nothing continued after the fact that Lizzy went missing. The police didn’t do much to help find her.
What I did like is the plot of the story. I was super excited to get into this story because it sounded very interesting.. As I said earlier. I also liked the fact that Mimi did stick up for her best friend when some people were talking bad about Lizzy.
“Only in Manhattan does a father call a lawyer before the cops when his kid is missing.”