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17 & Gone

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  3,097 ratings  ·  469 reviews
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 seventeen 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? Through Lauren's search for ...more
Hardcover, 353 pages
Published March 21st 2013 by Dutton Books
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Wendy Darling
4.5 stars While I was reading 17 & Gone, I felt as though someone had taken me by the hand and was leading me into a dream state where realities were blurred and paranoia was a constant state of being. I caught glimpses of someone disappearing around a corner, I heard whispers from companions unseen--and there was nothing I could do but allow myself to be pulled deeper and deeper into the ever-changing kaleidoscope of the author's masterful storytelling.

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Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own
Girls go missing every day. Teenage girls run away, some get kidnapped, or worse. Lauren is acknowledging this first hand when she starts seeing ghosts, or visions, of missing 17 year old girls. A psychological thriller, or is it a paranormal? You'll have to read and see! ;)

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
jv poore
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've quickly become a fan of Ms. Suma and 17 & GONE has simply sealed the deal. This is one of those books that I must introduce to "my" high schoolers.

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.

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4.5 stars

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
Mar 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
I managed to finish 17 & Gone given that it was so boring.

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,
Asghar Abbas
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing

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
catherine ♡
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved the writing style of this - I think that was what drew me in from the very first page.

Overall, I felt like the story was interesting and mysterious overall - (view spoiler)

Nevertheless, I thought the book was really captivating and interesting - and I will definitely r
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
I spent most of this book confused. Like the main character, I wasn't sure what was going on or what was going to happen next. And then it all came together. It's unfortunate that discussing how it all came together is a huge spoiler because it's such an important topic, but luckily, Nova Ren Suma addresses more than one worthwhile issue.

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
Stuti Rai
Apr 08, 2013 rated it liked it

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
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
“I was looking back into memories I didn't own, wanting in.”

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
Emily May
Jan 28, 2013 marked it as dnf
This started really well but I've hit a patch that isn't holding my attention, I just find it really easy to put aside right now. Maybe I'll come back to it later. ...more
Jenni Arndt
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
After reading Nova Ren Suma’s Imaginary Girls last year she fast became an author to watch for me. After reading 17 & Gone she has solidified herself as an author that I will buy & read anything that she does. Her writing is remarkable; the eerie, dreamlike quality of her prose sucks you in and leaves you questioning everything that you read. 17 & Gone is a novel about missing girls, not only girls that are taken but also ones who have run away from their life.

Lauren was someone that I really c
Elizabeth K.
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013-new-reads
I never quite got on board with this book. A 17 year old high school student starts hearing voices and having visions of other 17 year old girls who are missing -- whether they have run away, or been abducted, or encountered accidents, they are missing.

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)
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle-books
This was good but honestly I'm a bit disappointed it wasn't what I was expecting but it was still a good read and kept me turning the pages.

More review to come.
Dec 04, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
full review to be posted, or read it HERE!

Pre-Review Commentary:

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.
Evie Janelle
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
From Blue Butterfly Books.

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
Mar 14, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was originally reviewed on The Book Hookup.

**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
Nov 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
I reread this in March. It is at 4.5. This was really good on read one. It was SPECTACULAR on read number two.


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)
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
oh, this really wasn't my thing, despite seeming like it could be my thing for a very long time. this is prime evidence of someone who i think has an interesting idea but just has no idea how to actually execute it in a way that isn't riddled with holes and conveniences. (the jj abrams disease, if you will.) i can't really say much about this story without giving the "twist" (which is a really gross way to describe what happens, but okay) away, and i don't think that's a warranted thing in a rev ...more
shady boots
Mar 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-faves, mindfuck
Not nearly as amazing as Imaginary Girls, but still quite impressive. I love the overall message behind it, and, let's face it, Ms. Thing can write like nobody's business. ...more
Sarah Marie
17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma

4 stars
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

Hailey Higgins
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This summer, i read the book 17 & gone. The book 17 & gone is a book that has a lot of mystery. The book is narrated through the main character Lauren’s mind. Lauren can see visions of all of these 17 year old girls that have gone missing.
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
Ehh... 3.5 ish?? This is my first Nova Suma book, and I doubt it will be my last. 17 & Gone was so gorgeously written, and not at all what I was expecting... And I'm okay with that. I mean it did take some time for this one to grow on me, but after reading that last page and last sentence, I am more than okay with the journey Nova Ren Suma took me on with this read. It was well worth the ride. But let me forewarn you, it was one heck of a slow ride, with too few ups and downs, but a big enough l ...more
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book stunned me, and even over a week later, I am still thinking about it. It is beautifully scripted, and has such a hefty emotional atmosphere to it. From a sense of loss and isolation to confusion and determination, everything is as much in the background as it is the foreground. This is one of those books that is almost impossible to talk about without spoiling anything, so I will leave this short and sweet, but say this is one of the most potent books I've ever read. ...more
Abandoned around the 21% mark of my Kindle. My only status update: "I had wanted to read this for so long, because the Suma's stunningly beautiful debut "Imaginary Girls" impressed me so much. Now, to my own horror, I am steering towards abandoning a book I coveted for months and months: Dear author, the is-it-imagination-or-is-it-sick-or-is-it-magic-angle gets stale/old the second time around. Try something new and I'll read it." ...more
Absolutely mesmerizing, riveting and so beautifully written.

4.5 stars!

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.
Erin Entrada Kelly
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nova Ren Suma is so gifted; I can’t even deal!
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book turned out to be totally different than what I thought it would be. Which is both a good and a bad thing.

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
Paige (Enchantology)
Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
This review can also be found on my blog.

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
Roberta R. (Offbeat YA)
Excerpt from my review - originally published at Offbeat YA.

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
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Nova Ren Suma is the author of the YA novels THE WALLS AROUND US as well as the YA novels IMAGINARY GIRLS and 17 & GONE, which were both named 2014 Outstanding Books for the College Bound by YALSA. Her middle-grade novel, DANI NOIR, was reissued for a YA audience under the title FADE OUT. She has a BA in writing & photography from Antioch College and an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and ...more

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