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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.


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This is what my novel The Walls Around Us looked like last September, when I was deep into writing it at a studio at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire…

Very, very soon you will see what The Walls Around Us looks like now. 

(The book will be out March 24, 2015, from Algonquin.)


"Only until this cigarette is ended"
Sonnets by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Second April, 1921

(via poetrybomb)

I like to read on writing retreats. But how many books can I fit in my suitcase?

Offline morning = words + words + more words.

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