I am behind on everything.
Even though I’ve been swamped with work, writing, and life, I somehow made time to read 17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma. Mmm-hmmm. It’s that good. Gorgeously written in a hypnotic don’t-go-anywhere kind of way.
One problem with reading a lot – and writing -and talking about writing – and thinking and talking about plot – is that it’s really hard to be surprised by a book.
This one surprised me.
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.
It’s not what you think. It’s better.
The writing is amazing and magical. The story is captivating, compelling, and surprising. The things that it made me think of and realize, the reminder of the real world beyond the book, that made my heart ache.
Head and heart literature, my favorite kind.
Sarah Wones Tomp
WRITING ON THE SIDEWALK