Blog Tour: 17 & GONE by Nova Ren Suma
Guest post by Nova Ren Suma
Last year, when I was deep into writing 17 & Gone, I discovered an exciting new distraction and way to collect images that fascinated me: Pinterest. What started off as maybe one more thing to keep me from writing turned into a great source of inspiration, and my 17 & Gone inspiration board was born. I’d often write with the images up on my screen, staring at them in pauses between paragraphs. On each stop on this blog tour I’m highlighting one of the photos that spoke to me and helped me find my way through the darkness of writing this book.
This is a photo by someone who calls herself suziesparkle. The artist’s name makes me smile, but the picture doesn’t. When I first saw this shattered image of a girl’s face, I immediately spiraled into 17 & Gone and thought of Lauren, her mind breaking into pieces, her world turning jagged and sharp just like in this photograph.
My arm, threatening to give me up, was already pointing at the mirror. I saw, past tense, and was still seeing someone else’s face. I was wearing a mask made out of her skin and features and I couldn’t get it to come off.
—from 17 & Gone, page 132
Mirrors come up often in 17 & Gone—but they don’t always reflect the person who’s looking into them. There’s something about a face reflected in the shards of a shattered mirror that says something inexplicably symbolic to me about this story and the girl who’s telling it. So much of my time writing the book was me trying to write her back again, whole.
For spotlights on more images from my 17 & Gone inspiration board on Pinterest, keep following this blog tour!
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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.