by Nova Ren Suma • Now in hardcover
Girls go missing every day.
They slip out bedroom windows and into strange cars. They leave good-bye notes or they don’t get a chance to tell anyone. They cross borders. They hitch rides, squeezing themselves into overcrowded backseats, sitting on willing laps. They curl up and crouch down, or they shove their bodies out of sunroofs and give off victory shouts. Girls make plans to go, but they also vanish without meaning to, and sometimes people confuse one for the other. Some girls go kicking and screaming and clawing out the eyes of whoever won’t let them stay. And then there are the girls who never reach where they’re going. Who disappear. Their ends are endless, their stories unknown. These girls are lost, and I’m the only one who’s seen them.
I know their names. I know where they end up—a place seeming as formless and boundless as the old well on the abandoned property off Hollow Mill Road that swallows the town’s dogs.
I want to tell everyone about these girls, about what’s happening, I want to give warning, I want to give chase. I’d do it, too, if I thought someone would believe me.
Praise for 17 & Gone:
“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, 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, author of Paranormalcy and Mind Games
“Suma follows Imaginary Girls with another reality-blurring, psychologically complex mystery. . . . Suma writes beautifully, drawing readers into Lauren’s story and her psyche . . . Through Lauren’s unraveling journey, readers learn firsthand what it’s like to question one’s own sanity.”—Publishers Weekly
★ ”This is ingeniously crafted . . . A vivid plunge into a world where you don’t know that your version of reality can’t be trusted. [An] 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
“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. . . . 17 & Gone will frighten readers, not because of its haunting atmosphere, but because Suma grounds her readers in a harsh reality.”—BookPage
“Suma’s exquisite sentence-level writing and fine eye for creepy detail are in abundant evidence . . .”—Kirkus Reviews
“A truly original novel, different from anything else on the shelves. Suma portrays female relationships with poignant honesty . . . Most notably, Suma blends the real with the fantastic so seamlessly that readers will question everything.”—Romantic Times Book Review
About the book:
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.
With complexity and richness, Nova Ren Suma serves up a beautiful, visual, fresh interpretation of what it means to be lost.
Dutton/Penguin, March 21, 2013
Hardcover and ebook, ISBN 9780525423409