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17 And Gone

by Nova Ren Suma

Penguin Young Reader Group | March 26, 2013 | Hardcover

17 And Gone is rated 3 out of 5 by 2.
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 Lauren? 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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.25 × 5.75 × 1.15 in

Published: March 26, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Young Reader Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0525423400

ISBN - 13: 9780525423409

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Strange Idea for a Book- Some SPOILERS I was very excited for this book and when I got my hands on it, it took me no less than a day to complete it. This is my first Nova Ren Suma book and I have to say I quite enjoyed it. This book is about a girl who has just turned 17 and begins seeing ghosts of the people who have gone missing during their 18th year of life. The book starts out with the focus on one ghost and Lauren is trying to piece together what happened to this young woman. She feels like she can't tell anyone about what she is seeing and therefore keeps everything a secret. At first I really enjoyed the ghost story and the mystery behind the disappearance of a young girl from her summer camp. Then things began to get really jumbled really quickly. Lauren begins seeing more and more ghosts and their stories begin to get more and more vague. I started to suspect that this novel wasn't quite what it was made out to be. I began to suspect schizophrenia and my suspicions were confirmed. I love that Suma writes through the mind of Lauren. The deeper and deeper Lauren gets into her schizophrenia the more frantic and confused the writing becomes. It gets a little difficult to follow but I don't think this is a bad thing. I think that it reflects the feelings of the main character and I really applaud her for trying to write something so difficult. I love that Suma is bringing light something that is often swept under the rug. She tries to make you feel for someone with a mental illness and I think she gets is bang on. I also like the way that the book ties things up. It ties up the mystery behind the first ghost that we are shown and I really like that we weren't just left in the lurch. So while Lauren has schizophrenia, we are left wondering if some of it has some truth to it because she figured out the mystery of the ghost. Overall I quite enjoyed this book and I think that many of you will too. Pick it up if you get a chance.
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Unsatisfying and Boring. *1.5 star rating* I'm usually not into mysteries, but the synopsis of this one just caught my attention. A girl seeing missing girls' ghosts? Her having some sort of psychological problem? Okay, I'm in. But, this was just... unexplainably dumb. Okay, so this is about Lauren, who "sees" ghosts of missing girls. They are all 17, and some have been abducted, some have ran away, and one is still alive. There. And Lauren questions herself, "Why are they talking to me?" and "What's so special about me?" and "I'm not crazy, right?" the whole entire time. Oh, and she ends up in the hospital, where she'll find out the truth about everything. I didn't try to over-exaggerate on my little recap there, it's the truth of how everything was laid out to be. First of all, what was the point in this book? Second, why switch from girl to girl and have short mini-stories about each girl? And third, why so slow-paced? I seriously didn't see any moral or point in this book. It was just complete nonsense and I think we all have some common sense in our brains to know what's going on with Lauren. By the end, it was no surprise to me. I was just sitting there with my mouth open, because I was hoping for a huge complete plot twist, but all we got was "meh." Okay, I see that this is about somebody with a psychological problem, that's absolutely fine, but at least have some romance or something fun in between. I overall think that this was too much mystery for me to handle, and maybe that's why I disliked this so much. I didn't like how this book was formatted into mini-stories. Every girl that Lauren mentioned in the prologue got their own mini-story about their lives before they went missing, how they went missing, and when Lauren sees their ghost. That's all how the book was set up until the last few "chapters," or whatever you'll call them when Lauren ends up in the hospital and finds out the truth about everything and when the sucky ending forms. That's the book, yay, congratulations. It should've been all of them put together somehow, or just one girl. Why make so many characters that are all the same, basically? Although, I did have my favourite girls, which I'll get to in a second. This plot was utterly horrible. It was just so slow, and like I said, it didn't get to anywhere. I was just sitting there, forcing myself to read it to find out what would happen, but nothing, NOTHING AT ALL HAPPENED. I seriously regret finishing this book. Did you hate Lauren? Did you think she was (a) Dumb (b) Crazy and (c) Useless? If you circled all three options, then you are correct. "I don't dream. I don't wake up coughing, and I can't smell smoke." NO, DUH! It's like she was Captain Obvious. I couldn't stand this girl. In the beginning, when her situation wasn't too bad, I was okay with her. But after she started seeing too many things, I realized that she was getting dumber and dumber every page. For a book with a concept like this, you need a protagonist that's strong and is somewhat able to handle this situation carefully. But no, we got this one, who didn't know what was real or not, when it was sort of real. She's the whiny type we all hate. Oh, and look at this quote, ahah: "Oh. Oh no. The mirror. It had been shattered. It was beginning to look like I'd broken the mirror and sliced myself with it. Did I?" LOL, Lauren, please stop or else you'll kill me with laughter. The positive? The only positive? The missing girls. Although I didn't like how the story was formatted with their short stories, I actually really liked them, and Madison and Abby probably would have to be my favourite characters with their personalities and story and such. That's why I gave this a 1.5. Because of them, because their stories truly touched my heart. In conclusion, this book really disappointed me. It's honestly the worst book I've read in a while. Recommended? Absolutely not.
Date published: 2014-05-18

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17 And Gone

by Nova Ren Suma

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.25 × 5.75 × 1.15 in

Published: March 26, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Young Reader Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0525423400

ISBN - 13: 9780525423409

About the Book

Seventeen-year-old Lauren has visions of girls her own age who are gone without a trace. While she tries to understand why they are speaking to her and whether she is next, Lauren has a brush with death and a shocking truth emerges, changing everything.

From the Publisher

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 Lauren? 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.

About the Author

Nova Ren Suma has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and a BA in writing & photography from Antioch College, and has been awarded a fiction fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is the author of Imaginary Girls as well as Fade Out (formerly titled Dani Noir).

Editorial Reviews

Praise for 17 & Gone:

“This is ingeniously crafted” – BCCB, starred review
 
“Suma writes beautifully, drawing readers into Lauren’s story and her psyche with painstaking care until the story’s jolting conclusion” – Publisher’s Weekly
 
“A compelling, skillfully written page-turner” – Booklist
 
“An engrossing read” – VOYA
 
“Suma’s exquisite sentence-level writing and fine eye for creepy detail are in abundant evidence” – Kirkus Reviews
 
“Elegant, riveting, powerful, and poignant, this suspenseful, supernatural tale slips under the skin, inking out a haunting tapestry of menace and madness. Nova Ren Suma is, quite simply, a masterful storyteller and one of my favorite writers.”
– Libba Bray, Printz Award winner and New York Times bestselling author of The Diviners and A Great and Terrible Beauty
 
“17 & Gone is a sharply compelling story of what happens when we stop seeing what’s in front of us and start looking for what’s already gone. Intricately plotted and surreally imagined... Suma breaks reality and twists it back together in a devastating and beautiful new form.”
– Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy and Mind Games