Title: The Disappearance of Lizzy Ross
Author: Jessica Schein
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Shelves: Young Adult, Mystery, Novella
Recommended for Fans Of: Ella Monroe, Gossip Girl
Publisher: Jessica Schein
Source: e-arc from Netgalley
Synopsis: Set in the scandalous and dangerously lovely Manhattan, wild child Mimi is about to encounter the wildest journey of her life- finding her missing friend, Lizzy. Secrets unravel and veils uncover as the search for Lizzy continues on, even while Mimi's mind is slowly spinning into darkness...
Review: Well this book was... interesting. I've read some really mixed reviews for this book, and what stood out the most among the negatives were the characters. None of the characters were likable. In fact, most of them were horrible, narcissistic, spoiled rotten brats. Yet, I didn't like this get in the way of my review. Many authors choose to write from the point of view of bad characters, and it's actually kind of refreshing to read a book from the mean girl's thoughts.
The main character, Mimi is basically a druggie, depressed, and obsessed.. with her ex-stepbrother. And that is only one-third of her messed-up life. In some ways I felt bad for the things Mimi had to endure, and the secrets and lies that surrounded her all her life, but the way she treated people and the way she acted is unforgivable. At best, Mimi was just an annoying brat who dug herself into a hole she had no way to climb out of.
Although not too original, The Disappearance of Lizzy Ross was entertaining. It was suspenseful, and the cliffhanger at the end actually makes you want to know what happens next. It's a glimpse into the world of a truly messed up Manhattan elite, who wants nothing more than to escape her life.
Conclusion: The Disappearance of Lizzy Ross wasn't a stellar book, and it did feel a little underdeveloped. The overall mood and tone of the book did convey a certain entertainment factor that might appeal to some people.