Krista Reviews: Nova Ren Suma's - "17 and Gone"

Suma_17Seventeen-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

Hardcover, 354 pages  Published March 21st 2013 by Dutton Juvenile  ISBN  0525423400 (ISBN13: 9780525423409)

Our main character Lauren is becoming obsessed with local girls who have all gone missing. They have one thing in common, all disappeared at the age of 17. 

Lauren begins to collect the flyers that are posted around town with the details of the missing girls. But one girl in particular has become a fixation. When Lauren begins to have dreams, as well as visions of Abby, she begins to look into her disappearance, going to places she was last seen, talking to her family and friends. But what really gets to her is when she begins hearing and feeling Abby’s emotions. Is this all in her head? Or is Abby somehow guiding her?

There are several missing girls mentioned and the story is also filled with research on missing girls in general. Although Lauren shows an interest in a variety of girls, the main focus of this story lies with Abby and Fiona. Her detective work is so focused that it puts stress on her relationship with her mother, her boyfriend and school. But the deeper that Lauren looks into the disappearances, the more danger she finds herself in. And to top it all off the visions are getting scarier and affecting her physically.

Nova Ren Suma takes on this topic in an interesting way. I would have liked to see how some of the other missing girls stories had played out, but we only get answers to a few. I would recommend this book for fans of the The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer books, as well as those that enjoy a good psychological mystery. 

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