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I'm Nova Ren Suma. I wrote the YA novels 17 & GONE and IMAGINARY GIRLS (both out now from Dutton/Penguin). My new novel, THE WALLS AROUND US, is coming March 24, 2015, from Algonquin YR.


Imaginary Girls

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Imagine 4 years.
Four years, two suicides, one death, one rape, two pregnancies (one abortion), three overdoses, countless drunken antics, pantsings, spilled food, theft, fights, broken limbs, turf wars–every day, a turf war–six months until graduation and no one gets a medal when they get out. But everything you do here counts.

High school.

Cracked up to be by Courtney Summers (via quotemybooks)



It isn’t running away they’re afraid of. We wouldn’t get far. It’s those other escapes, the ones you can open in yourself, given a cutting edge.
Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale
Asker Anonymous Asks:
I don't know if this has been asked, but...hi, Nova! What other books do you recommend for people to read? I've seen you recommend Feathered, and I know that you blurbed Bennett Madison's September Girls (which I've been meaning to read), and also recommend Libba Bray. Any others? I want to bulk up my summer reading list and I love your books!
novaren novaren Said:

Helloooo! I could go on and on with book recommendations, I really could. But all I will ask is, Have you read Courtney Summers? Have you?? If you haven’t, stop right there and go read everything she’s ever written and then get excited, very very excited, for her April 2015 release ALL THE RAGE. And if you like my books, look into Kat Rosenfield (AMELIA ANNE IS DEAD AND GONE and her latest, INLAND), a beautiful, beautiful writer. Those are my recommendations, typed here with great passion.



Zygmunt Andrychewicz (1861-1943)

Relevant to my current novel.


A new trailer for Gayle Forman’s If I Stay!



Now that these books with my name on them sitting between bookends on my book shelf, how about I give one away?

The description from my publisher:

It Happens: A Guide to Contemporary Realistic Fiction for the YA Reader is a comprehensive guide to matching a teen reader with the right…

Teaching a YA Novel Writing Workshop in NYC. Starts in September. Details:

I’ll be teaching a new YA novel writing workshop in New York City this fall, with Ideasmyth at the Writers Room in Manhattan.


The details about the course are below. If you have any questions about this workshop that you want to ask me first before applying, you are welcome to comment below or email me. Admissions are rolling and spaces are limited, so apply sooner rather than later!

When: 6 Wed…

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