Review: The Disappearance of Lizzy Ross by Jessica Schein

The Disappearance of Lizzy Ross

Author: 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!

Well, that was... something. It was definitely interesting in the whole mystery surrounding Lizzy Ross's disappearance and who was involved, but the story really didn't revolve much around her disappearance like the title implies. It focuses on our main character of this novella Mimi Lerner, Lizzy's best friend, and her downward spiral that started a year ago after a certain event in her life, with the biggest part of it beginning with Lizzy's disappearance and discovering that Lizzy wasn't the girl she thought she was.

To be honest, I really hated Mimi. She was a complete and total spoiled, bratty bitch who always got her way and when things start going bad for her she uses drugs to help her forget everything. She makes incredibly poor decisions and not once throughout the entire story did she do something right. It was like watching a train wreck with no happy ending. If it weren't for the suspense, I probably wouldn't have enjoyed it as much as I did. However, it was a quick easy read and kept my interest enough that I wanted to know what was going on though I didn't get any answers as to what happened to Lizzy.

The characters in The Disappearance of Lizzy Ross were just plain rude. Every one of them. The only one that seemed slightly nice, or concerned with Mimi's well-being was her principal, who Mimi pushed away and treated poorly. And then there's her mother who isn't the most stable person in the world, but she seemed to show a little compassion towards her daughter which was far more than Mimi's father ever showed. Other than that, the people in Mimi's life were just incredibly unlikable.

While I didn't hate the story, I didn't love it either. It was kind of an in between for me. I enjoyed it and would probably read the next installment if given the chance, simply because I want to know what exactly happened to Lizzy Ross. It kept me intrigued just enough to keep me reading. If you're looking for a quick, suspenseful read then The Disappearance of Lizzy Ross is for you but don't expect any loose ends to be tied up. This is the beginning of a four-part novella series so if you're hoping to find out what happened to Lizzy, you'll have to wait until the others are released.

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About Jessica Schein

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.
Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter 


  1. Yeesh. Nothing like unlikeable characters to deter you from enjoying a book. I think you were way more generous in your rating, Kelly. I'll definitely be staying away from this book!


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