Seventeen-year-old Lauren is having visions of girls who have gone missing. And all these girls have just one thing in common—they are 17 and gone without a trace. As Lauren struggles to shake these waking nightmares, impossible questions demand urgent answers: Why are the girls speaking to her? How can she help them? And . . . is she next? As Lauren searches for clues, everything begins to unravel, and when a brush with death lands her in the hospital, a shocking truth emerges, changing everything.
“This suspenseful, supernatural tale slips under the skin, inking out a haunting tapestry of menace and madness.” —Libba Bray,author of The Diviners and A Great and Terrible Beauty
“Intricately plotted and surreally imagined… Suma breaks reality and twists it back together in a devastating and beautiful new form.” —Kiersten White, author of Paranormalcy and Mind Games
“Ingeniously crafted…fans will appreciate this intimate, compelling exploration of a troubled young woman’s life.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review
“A compelling, skillfully written page-turner.” —Booklist
“Suma writes beautifully, drawing readers into Lauren’s story and her psyche with painstaking care until the story’s jolting conclusion.” —Publishers Weekly
“Nova Ren Suma, arguably one of the best YA authors writing today, has penned a chilling tale about what it means to be 17 years old and lost.” —BookPage
“Suma’s exquisite sentence-level writing and fine eye for creepy detail are in abundant evidence…” —Kirkus
“[A] YA novel we can’t wait to read in 2013.” —MTV’s Hollywood Crush blog
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Want to know some behind-the-scenes secrets about 17 & Gone?
Here are the images that inspired key scenes in the story. Sometimes Pinterest can be used for good and not all distracted evil.
In my Author Spotlight with PenguinTeen, I revealed some of my favorite author who made me the writer I am today, a somewhat embarrassing confession about my writing rituals, and a nostalgic memory of the best concert I ever attended. Visit my spotlight interview here.
Here’s an interview I did with Lost at Midnight Reviews, in which I talk about the research that went into writing the book, my writing quirks, and admit once and for all if I believe in ghosts. Do I? Find out here.
In this interview with Kristina Perez, I answer the Proust Questionnaire and reveal my dreams, my favorites, and what I’d need to achieve before I could die happy.
I go deep into thinking about creativity in this interview on Realizing Your Creative Life, in which I talk about how writing has helped me grow as a person and a childhood dream that I am grateful never turned into reality. Read the interview here.
WORD for Teens asks me about naming characters, loving characters, and what named 17 & Gone different from my other books so far. There’s a reason.
Where do you think I wrote 17 & Gone? At the kitchen table? In bed? In the garage while fixing my truck? Wrong. Find out the places where I wrote the book in this In Search of the Write Space feature. Includes photos!
And I get a little grumpy here, interviewing myself about 17 & Gone for the Next Big Thing blog hop and having to answer questions about who would play my characters in a movie and how long it took me to write the book (which is my least favorite question EVER, but I answer it anyway!).