Title: 17 & Gone
Author: Nova Ren Suma
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (Penguin)
Published: March 21, 2013
Pages: 354

From the Publisher: 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.

**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 piqued my interest. Lauren sees girls who have gone missing. All were 17 years old when they disappeared, and now Lauren is 17. She isn’t sure when her time will be up.  For a while it just seemed like a string of stories of missing kids. BUT then things started connecting.

Lauren: I wish I had met her before she “saw” missing Abby Sinclair. She claimed she was a totally different person before the first vision. The girl with friends and a boyfriend. She was now consumed with thoughts of these girls. It was so sad and I wasn’t sure if she was crazy….or not.

The romance: wah. I love romance and there was a love interest but it fell apart when Lauren saw Abby. I would have loved to see more of Jamie. I was not convinced they would not get back together, and ultimately what happened was very sweet.

Level of mind f*ckery: hmmmmm. I went back and forth between wondering if this book was a paranormal psychological thriller or just a psychological thriller. Is that good writing? Probably genius. I honestly couldn’t tell which way it was going.

The ending: Well, everything got totally cleared up and everything came together very nicely. However, none of it happened the way I had hoped. I felt sad.

Rec it? It really wasn’t my thing, but I can see how so many people would love it. I think it would affect some readers quite deeply, however I felt let down. It is truly a personal thing.

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