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 captivated ...more
Ms. Suma tackles teenage mental illness and suicide in a way that very few can and do (shout out here to Nic Sheff for nailing it too in SCHIZO, which "my" kids are still talking about.) Presented in such a relatable, compelling fashion, young adults will garner more from this novel than from many of the resources seemingly available.
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 on, ...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 disapp ...more
Overall, I felt like the story was interesting and mysterious overall - (view spoiler)[ although I was very disappointed when we got to the ending and found out that none of it was real. This plotline has definitely been done before - the "it was all a dream" or "unreliable narrator" twist. (hide spoiler)]
Nevertheless, I thought the book was really captivating and interesting - and I will definitely r ...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.
17 & Gone was one of th ...more
17 & Gone is a fairly fast read and will likely keep you engaged enough to keep going so you can see how it all turns out.
Honestly, I'm not that excited to write this review. I don't feel like there is a ton to really say about it. The writing is pretty simple, so it's easy to fly though. The characters are not bad, I wouldn't call them really developed though either. I don't always need character development to be deep in ...more
Lauren was someone that I really c ...more
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
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. ...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
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 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
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
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 await...more
The book has really detailed descriptions about the visions that Lauren sees. Throughout the book Lauren searches for clues to help find the missing girls. While Lauren is looking for the girls she takes her friends with her on the adventure.
I would recommend t ...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.
Lauren is assumedly just a “normal” teenage girl until she sees the flyer that says that a seventeen-year-old girl named Abby has gone missing. Cue the beginnings of a mania that involves Lauren insisting that Abby – and the rest of the girls – have to be found, including the seventeen-year-old neighbor who went missing almost ten years earlier, a runaway who might have possibly met ...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 character suff ...more
Pros: Atmospheric writing. Makes an impassioned plea for all the lost, or "simply" troubled, teen girls that the world leaves behind.
Cons: Blends two different narratives that kind of clash with each other.
WARNING! Self-inflicted harm, mental health issues.
Will appeal to: Those who love poetical novels who deal with some harsh truths, but offer a glimpse of hope.
I'm in love with Suma's novels. She's become an auto-buy author for me, an ...more