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Adele Griffin: Haunted at 17


My new novel, 17 & Gone, is now out in stores (!!!), and to mark the release of this story about a 17-year-old girl haunted by the missing, I’ve asked some authors I know to join me in answering this question… What haunted YOU at 17? Here’s a vlog from Adele Griffin in which she reveals an incident that happened to her at 17 years old and that still haunts her to this day…

Guest vlog from Adele Griffin

(Adele Griffin at 17, in blue! With her high school bff Holly.)

(Adele Griffin at 17, in blue! With her high school bff Holly.)

Adele Griffin reveals:

“I think it would be my worst nightmare to completely lose my sense of myself in this world.”

Watch the full video here:

Loud Awake and LostAdele Griffin is the author of a number of books for young adults, including LOUD AWAKE AND LOST (Knopf). She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

Find her online at

Follow @adelegriffin on Twitter.


Don’t miss the other posts in the series. Throughout the week, more YA authors will reveal what haunted them at 17. Here are the Haunted at 17 posts so far…

Feel inspired and want to share what haunted you at 17? If you write a post on your blog, leave a link or tweet it to me. I’ll send you some 17 & Gone swag if you’d like it, and I’ll be featuring all the posts in a round-up when the week is over, on Monday!

You don’t have to be a writer to take part in this. All you have to be is someone who was once 17.


Want to win a signed hardcover of 17 & Gone, some swag, and a signed hardcover of Imaginary Girls to keep it company? Every commenter on this Haunted at 17 post will be entered to win. You can also enter by filling out this entry form.

The giveaway is international. Closes 11:59 p.m. EST on Thursday, March 28. Two winners will be chosen.

 17 & GONE NEWS:

  • 17&Gone_thumbIf you’ll be in New York City for the NYC Teen Author Festival, come see me and get a signed copy of the book! Full schedule here—look out for me TONIGHT, Friday, March 22, at the Union Square Barnes & Noble or Saturday, March 23 at McNally Jackson or Sunday, March 24 at Books of Wonder!
  • The 17 & Gone Blog Tour is all about the images from my Pinterest inspiration board that I made while writing the book. The latest stop at the Mod Podge Bookshelf features an image that makes me think of an integral character in the story: Fiona Burke.
  • Kristina Perez has interviewed me for her Madeleine Project. Come find out my answers to some of the most important questions.
  • If you’re an artist or writer trying to piece together some kind of creative life, read my interview on Realizing Your Creative Life about growing as a writer and being vulnerable.
  • If you’ve pre-ordered 17 & Gone or plan to buy it this week (thank you so much for your support! it means the world to me!) and can’t be in New York City to get it signed, I have a way to sign your book from afar. Leave a comment on this photo on my Facebook author page and I may just mail you a signed and personalized bookplate.


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2 thoughts on “Adele Griffin: Haunted at 17

  1. It is awesome when authors do vlogs:) The whole story becomes so much more special, like she’s talking to us:)

    Very true!!

    Thank you:)

    ccfioriole at gmail dot com

  2. Yay! Loved the vlog. It feels much more personal that way. (I really need to read one of this author’s novels)

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