Gardenia by Kelsey SuttonGardenia by Kelsey Sutton


byKelsey Sutton

Paperback | February 28, 2017

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In this haunting young adult suspense from an award-winning author, seventeen-year-old Ivy Erickson knows the exact moment when she will die, but what she does with her remaining days could end up saving more than just her own life.

"Beautifully written and fast-paced, Gardenia had me staying up past my bedtime several nights in a row!" -Pintip Dunn,New York Timesbestselling author ofForget Tomorrow

Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been able to see countdown clocks over everyone's heads indicating how long before they will die. She can't do anything about anyone else's, nor can she do anything about her own, which will hit the zero hour before she even graduates high school.

A life cut short is tragic, but Ivy does her best to make the most of it. She struggles emotionally with her deep love for on-again, off-again boyfriend Myers Patripski. She struggles financially, working outside of school to help her mom and her sister. And she struggles to cope with the murder of her best friend, another life she couldn't save. Vanessa Donovan was murdered in the woods, and everyone in town believes Ivy had something to do with it.

Then more girls start disappearing. Ivy tries to put her own life in order as she pieces together the truth of who ended Vanessa's. To save lives, and for her own sanity.

The clock is always ticking. And Ivy's only hope is to expose the truth before it runs out completely.
Kelsey Sutton is the author of the teen novel SOME QUIET PLACE. She is also the author of two novels for middle grade readers, THE LONELY ONES and BENJAMIN. Her work has received an Independent Publisher Book Award, an IndieFab Award, and was selected as a Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2013. She lives in Minnesota.
Title:GardeniaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:260 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:February 28, 2017Publisher:Diversion BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:162681841X

ISBN - 13:9781626818415


Rated 1 out of 5 by from Juvenile writing style and horrible character development. Not great. The writing is horrible, the narrative voice is juvenile. None of the characters are sympathetic. The protagonist has some really cringy edgy dialogue trying to be sassy and it just makes her look like a jerk for no reason. The death timer sounds like a really cool idea, but it’s executed like a really terrible, cheesy b-movie sci-fi where the numbers show up above people’s heads like microwave countdowns. The flashbacks and background information is also pretty basic. Sutton took a potentially compelling plot device and wrote it into a really stupid narrative. There’s not enough here to warrant a read beyond the first 15 pages. Even that’s a stretch.
Date published: 2017-03-06

Editorial Reviews

"Beautifully written and fast-paced, Gardenia had me staying up past my bedtime several nights in a row!" -Pintip Dunn, New York Times bestselling author of Forget Tomorrow"Absolutely captivating. Sutton is a magical storyteller and I was under this book's spell from page one."-Natalie D. Richards, author of Six Months Later"Ivy's investigation is suspenseful, but the narrative also offers unexpected emotional and philosophical depths that emerge from her musings about the nature of life, death, and personal legacy." -Kirkus"Spare and poignant, every word of this haunting and elegant novel in verse feels painstakingly selected....a brilliantly crafted coming-of-age novel that will appeal to the hearts and minds of all readers who have ever felt alone." -Kirkus Reviews *STARRED REVIEW* for The Lonely Ones