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Gr 8 Up-When 17-year-old Lauren glimpses a "MISSING" poster for Abigail Sinclair on a telephone pole, she runs through traffic to remove it. Mesmerized, she reads it as she returns to her van, and when she looks in the rearview mirror, she sees Abby looking back, disheveled, dirty, and wearing her "last seen wearing" outfit. In the coming days and weeks, Abby is joined by other missing girls, all the same age, who disappeared and whose families have stopped looking for them. Lauren becomes obsessed with the missing, but mostly with Abby, whom she believes is the only one she can actually save. But as she delves further into the lives of these girls, she becomes more and more detached from her own reality. Suma's novel subtly explores one teen's descent into schizophrenia. Lauren's first visions of the missing teens are realistic, though paranormal, but as the story progresses, readers begin to wonder about the authenticity of the hallucinations. Lauren is the pivotal character and the only one truly and fully developed, but rather than weakening the story this enables readers to live exclusively in her version of events. Mature without being graphic, with a complex and intriguing plot, this novel should have no trouble finding readers.-Heather E. Miller Cover, Homewood Public Library, ALα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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In her latest title, Suma takes the typical YA theme of a young girl who discovers semimagical powers and turns it on its head. When her van stalls while driving to school, Lauren notices a poster of a missing girl, Abby. Gradually Lauren begins to feel haunted by Abby and other girls, all age 17, who have gone missing, and she determines to find out what happened to them. Hints are dropped along the way that the narrator, Lauren, may not be reliable, and it soon becomes apparent that Lauren sees the girls not through some mystical power; they are, instead, figments of her imagination and signs of early-onset schizophrenia. Suma expertly paces Lauren’s unraveling mental state and her increasing anxiety over what is happening to her, while the supporting characters of Lauren’s boyfriend and mom are well drawn and believable in their struggle to help Lauren. A compelling, skillfully written page-turner. Grades 9-12. --Eve Gaus
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers (March 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525423400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525423409
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,203,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nova Ren Suma is the author of the YA novel IMAGINARY GIRLS, available now from Dutton. Her tween novel DANI NOIR will be released as FADE OUT for the YA shelves by Simon Pulse in June 2012. She has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and has been awarded fiction fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Djerassi, and the Millay Colony. Her next YA novel, 17 & GONE, is forthcoming from Dutton in Spring 2013. For more about Nova, visit novaren.com.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nicole on January 24, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I went into this book expecting something totally different. I had seen it shelved as a paranormal book on Goodreads, and that was what I was expecting. So imagine my shock when I found out while reading it that this was a contemporary book. Through this entire book. I thought that what Lauren was seeing were ghosts, the ghosts of girls who had gone missing for one reason or another at the age of 17, the age that she is during the book. This was my first book by Nova Ren Suma even though I do have another book by her on my shelves waiting to be read.

I found the book to be wonderfully fast paced and engaging. I had the misfortune of starting the book in the midst of one of my worst reading hangovers yet, (apparently 2 books a day was pushing my brain a little too hard) and still I was turning those pages super quick dying to know what was going to happen next. Lauren was an unreliable narrator if I ever saw one, but I was dying to puzzle out what she was thinking as she met each of these lost girls. I liked how she shows us each of their stories through a snippet, like how Fiona protected Lauren when she ran away or how Abby showed Lauren the fight she had with Luke.

I felt bad for all the people in her life that she pushed away including the sweet Jamie who, after finding out what was going on with her, really tried to be understanding and supportive of her instead of treating her like she was a fragile Tea Cup bound to break like her mother did. Even though we didn’t see too much of them together, I found that he was a very real character, the way that he didn’t seem to let her go even as she pushed him away. I wish that he had realized that there was something wrong sooner even though she did a good job of masking it…Sort of.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on June 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
'The ghosts tonight have already told their stories.'

Reviews are difficult things. Word after word of my thoughts, emotions, qualms and complaints. Yet it still takes time to write. After reading Seventeen & Gone, I realised a problem. I had no notes written down, ready to write this review. Why? Simply because I was so captivated and caught in this hazy world, I was lost in a bookish paradox. So boys and girls, be prepared to listen to me blubbering of this enthralling novel that still has me half awake- the other half still reading and reading those restless last words.

Girls of the century. Millennium. They run away. They make plans to go. They think it's a joke. Funny even. It's when they disappear without meaning to it becomes a mystery. But only for Lauren. Other people couldn't really care less and get the two mixed up. The girl disappeared because she ran away. Or, the girl ran away and disappeared. However only Lauren, asked a different question. Why did they disappear? How? Who? Lauren can see these lost girls, talk to them and see their past. She wants to help them, but no one is listening. Because no one suspects what she knows.

Nova Ren Suma's writing is something to bow down to. The atmosphere she creates is so thrilling and suspenseful that you can't just help but fall into. What I appreciated about Seventeen & Gone was the way her research and key messages spoke through the writing. It was incorporated with jarring experiences and semi-crypticness. A self-awareness novel even. The idea was optimally a mixture of real and surreal. Truth and falsity. Beautiful and alarming sentences. Broken but connected. My words cannot even summarise half of this novel.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S.L. Sorensen on March 28, 2013
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This book wraps you up in a spell and doesn't let go, even after you've finished. The writing manages to pull you in to a dream like world and carries you there, seeing some things crystal clear while other things recede and go hazy. I loved the ending, and I feel the writer did justice to a difficult subject. I strongly recommend this book to anyone. You will not be disappointed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on April 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
In what was one of the most thrilling and suspenseful, yet confusing and paranoid, reads of recent memory, 17 & Gone held me prisoner as its almost dream-like atmosphere blurred reality to a point of non-recognition. Shadowy figures, whispered voices and a feeling of desperation overwhelmed my senses in a cacophony of sight and sound, leaving me unable to trust anything - or anyone - Lauren encountered.

Easily the shining beacon of 17 & Gone was Suma's ability to create a dark and haunting atmosphere, that when interspersed with a stream of consciousness-esque prose, created a dream-like quality to her writing. As Lauren's thoughts flitted about, from concern over Abby's whereabouts, to fascination concerning the other lost girls' stories, to obsession with discovering the truth, you almost get the feeling that you are, in fact, dreaming. Nothing that Lauren experiences is solid enough for you to feel like it is based in reality, yet nothing is so far out there that you can't believe it's happening. Everything is written with a sense of fleetingness and fluidity, like that thought you can't quite grasp, that makes it feel like at any moment you might lose the story completely and be left with nothing but the whispers of what once was. It made for such an interesting, if at times frustrating, read that I couldn't have put 17 & Gone down if I had wanted to.

Much like Suma's writing, Lauren also gave off an air of impermanence; she was so easily side-tracked by a whisper, or a shadow, that we didn't get a good glimpse at who she was without the lost girls who served to define her. Actually, she mostly served as a vehicle for the stories of the lost girls, which meant much of her personality was hidden or obscured.
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