17 & Gone
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Lauren, being taken over by these visions, is unable to think of anything else but these victims, because as much as the law, and even sometimes the parents, insist they were runaways, she knows they aren't. Wanting to help t ...more
Thank you Hardie Grant Egmont Australia for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or take to alter this review.
'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 captiva ...more
Teens: Miss Monica, this book was really boring.
Me: Wait, what? How could it be really boring? There are kidnappings and attempted suicide and goddamn ghosts!
Teens: It was just the same thing over and over again. Laure ...more
The writing is great, though, but the stories are not.
Lauren "sees" the ghosts of girls who have disappeared when they were seventeen. Some of them ran away, some were abducted, one was still alive
The story goes from girl to girl without lingering in one long enough to make me feel sorry for her.
I feel that the book was trying to get to my soft side by saying things like "no girl - no missing girl, no runaway - deserves to be given up ...more
I realize I read this in Jan in the cold of Winter. The book felt cold at first but pretty soon our heroine thawed it for us. But the book was cold and the contents colder, yet it warmed me by the time I finished reading it, good writing does that. Very readable the kind of book that you could finish in one go. The concept was high and could have easily been convoluted but it was rather easy to imbibe. Some of the sentences and words had me shaking my head in admiration.
The whole mystery was att ...more
17 & Gone is about in-between girls at that in-between age. They're not legally adults but they left the protection of childhood long ago. If these girls di ...more
Not mind-blowing/awesome enough for four stars but definitely demands more than 3 stars.
While I can tell you a host of things I liked about this book, I can't exactly pinpoint what I didn't.
Perhaps, it was the palpable despondency and depression that surrounded this book.
Or maybe, it was the aimlessness of the story, the lack of an engaging plot in certain parts.
It could always also be that despite it being a fairly character-driven novel, I don't get a feel of Lauren.
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With 17 & Gone, I went into it hoping for a very similar experience: creepy, di ...more
Oh my Gosh I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS TO BE RELEASED. Those of you who've read her other YA book, you understand why. If it's anything like Imaginary Girls, I'm going to love it and build a shrine in its honor.
The Nova Ren Suma Shrine under construction. To be completed Spring 2012.
Something about 17 & Gone just simply didn't click with me. Sure, it was a beautiful, eloquently written horror story that is sure to chill you to the bones as you witness all these missing children's stories intertwine, and it's all wonderfully atmospheric; but I felt something huge was missing, but I can't quite put my hand on what it was.
Was it the fact that the main character drove me bonkers?
Maybe.Was it the fact that by the time something actually happened, I had already given up?
I'm going to spoiler this because it's the kind of book where talking about the structure will give away some stuff, even though I won't reveal any specific plot details.
(view spoiler)[This is an unreliable narrator book, and I felt a little bit l ...more
The genres for this one are all over the map and pretty much exactly right and exactly wrong simultaneously.
Lauren keeps seeing 17-year-old girls who have gone missing. She fears she's next -- she's 17. She's not that different than those other girls.
Except that she is.
At this point, it's impossible to talk about this book without spoilers. (view spoiler)[ Lauren is potenti ...more
I want to give it that extra star, but it took me some time to really get into it. Still, another incredible book by one incredible author.
“How heartless it was for a girl to be forgotten and buried before there was even anything of there to put in the ground.”
Encontré este libro en la lista de favoritos de uno de mis amigos. Irónicamente, esa persona me dio unfriend días después. Ja. Ha resultado en un gran placer el leer 17 & Gone. Los personajes, la historia, la narrativa.... Las estrellas parecen alinearse y poner todo en su lugar para lograr un producto final memorable.
17 & Gone es un misterio que no es enteramente u ...more
There are spoilers and it's best not to click unless you've read the book. Unless you don't care about being spoiled then go for it!
Lauren starts to have visions of girls who have gone missing a few months before her seventeenth birthday. All these girls are 17 and gone. While Lauren struggles to shake the nightmares and uncover the questions about why these girls are speaking to her and how to help them. In a little house in Lauren’s dreams all the girls aw...more
Holy. Nova Ren Suma, you fucking genius you. Sorry, language censor is down for a bit because I just read a work of brilliance and I'm just in that mode of, Did I really fucking read something so fucking amaze? And yes. Yes, I did.
Let's get one thing straight, right off the bat. I love Nova Ren Suma. I've read her two latest YA's (this and Imaginary Girls) and I'm thoroughly convinced she's one of my top five favorite authors ever. If not in the top three. Yes, top thre ...more
When I read Imaginary Girls over a year ago, I was entranced. It was a book that drew you in and blurred the lines of reality. So, when I saw the author had written another book, I couldn't wait to read it.
Reading this book feels like slowing sinking into another world. The lines of reality and fantasy get blurred, and its easy to see why the main character is struggling with what is happening. When I stopped reading, it felt like slowly waking up. Suma ...more
**I received an ARC from Penguin but that did not influence the review**
My first thoughts before I opened the book: This sounds uber creepy! It seemed like the novel crossed into so many genres and I looked forward to discovering where I thought it fit in.
First thoughts after reading: That was a mind f*ck and now I’m so disappointed.
The story: The fist 60% was pretty slow for me and I found myself putting the book down. However, it still pique ...more
I devoured 17 & Gone. Admittedly this book was a pleasant surprise. This isn't necessarily a book I would normally pick up, mainly because I'm not a big contemporary reader. These days I'm trying to challenge myself to branch out more, and this was one of those books that I hoped would be different. And different it was. 17 & Gone doesn't let you in on its secret until far into the book. Is this truly a paranormal occurrence, or is the main charac ...more
Seventeen and Gone is a chilling tale about girls that go missing when they’re 17, told through Nova Ren Suma’s poetic, evocative prose.
It’s a story of one girls devotion to finding out what has happened to Abby, a girl found on a missing poster. It’s also the story of how that girl can lose herself in the process in this psychological thriller.
Within its pages, we find out about Lauren’s commitment to finding out what happen ...more
Nova Ren Suma can really tell a tale! I love her writing style, so this won't be the last of her books I pick up. 17 year old Lauren is being haunted by girls who've gone missing. They've disappeared under all kinds of circumstances and have never been found. She becomes obsessed with these missing, 17 year old girls. Things start to get very strange. I couldn't tell what was real and what wasn't.
Later in the story, th ...more