Nova's Distractions

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. novaren.com

17&Gone

Imaginary Girls

Imaginary Girls paperback
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summerscourtney:

About Nova Ren Suma’s books
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This is such an honor for me. The headcrab is so generous! (Also so cute with my books!)

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summerscourtney:

Congratulations!  I am a huge fan of Gayle Forman’s beautiful novel If I Stay—it made both my heart and eyes cry, a lot—and I am looking forward to becoming a fan of your portrayal of Mia in the movie adaptation this August when I see it myself.

BUT as a YA author, I am concerned about your misconceptions about YA. According to Entertainment Weekly, you don’t “love the “young adult” designation" because you think "it diminishes the book’s value.”  You also don’t consider If I Stay a YA novel because, “It deals with issues that are much bigger… it’s much darker than I think most YA is.”

ANYWAY.  I can’t make you love the young adult designation but I just thought you should know being categorized as a YA novel does not diminish a story’s value.  That’s actually a choice you’re making.  So I’d like to recommend a few YA novels that might help you reconsider that choice!  Quite a few of them are dark, and quite a few of them deal with big issues.  Some of them are romantic because wouldn’t it be silly to discount a story’s value because it made you feel good?  I think it would.

Happy reading!
Courtney

SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson
CHASING BEFORE by Lenore Appelhans
13 REASONS WHY by Jay Asher
SPLIT by Swati Avasthi
ROOMIES by Tara Altebrando & Sara Zarr
ALSO KNOWN AS by Robin Benway
CHIME by Franny Billingsley
ANNA trilogy by Kendare Blake
BLACKWOOD by Gwenda Bond
TEAM HUMAN by Sarah Rees Brennan & Justine Larbalestier
THE ABSOLUTE VALUE OF -1 by Steve Brezenoff
BITTER MELON by Cara Chow
STOLEN by Lucy Christopher
POINTE by Brandy Colbert
THE HUNGER GAMES series by Suzanne Collins

TENDERNESS by Robert Cormier
FALLEN WORLDS trilogy by Megan Crewe
JUST LISTEN by Sarah Dessen
WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE by Trish Doller
BEFORE I DIE by Jenny Downham
RAW BLUE by Kirsty Eagar
IF YOU COULD BE MINE by Sara Farizan
WHERE THE STARS GO BLUE by Caridad Ferrer
JUST ONE DAY & JUST ONE YEAR by Gayle Forman
PROMISE OF SHADOWS by Justina Ireland
ALL UNQUIET THINGS by Anna Jarzab
HOT GIRL by Dream Jordan
BLOOD OF EDEN series by Julie Kagawa
CHARM & STRANGE by Stephanie Kuehn
SCOWLER by Daniel Kraus
ALL YOU NEVER WANTED by Adele Griffin
IF I TELL by Janet Gurtler
DANGEROUS GIRLS by Abigail Haas
THROUGH TO YOU by Emily Hainsworth
NOBODY BUT US by Kristin Halbrook
THE SUMMER SERIES by Jenny Han
SLIDE by Jill Hathaway
EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL by Simmone Howell
13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES by Maureen Johnson
A MIDSUMMER’S NIGHTMARE by Kody Keplinger
PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ by AS King
HOLD STILL by Nina LaCour
CATCH by Will Leitch
ADAPTATION & INHERITANCE by Malinda Lo
LEGEND SERIES by Marie Lu
TEASE by Amanda Maciel
SEPTEMBER GIRLS by Bennett Madison
JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta
UNDER THE MESQUITE by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS by Sarah McCarry
DEVIANTS by Maureen McGowan
YAQUI DELGADO WANTS TO KICK YOUR ASS by Meg Medina
JAZZ IN LOVE by Neesha Meminger
BEAUTIFUL MUSIC FOR UGLY CHILDREN by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
MY BEATING TEENAGE HEART by CK Kelly Martin
SEX & VIOLENCE by Carrie Mesrobian
MISTWALKER by Saundra Mitchell
TEETH by Hannah Moskowitz
SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY by Julie Murphy
SHINE by Lauren Myracle
DESTROY ALL CARS by Blake Nelson
BITTERSWEET by Sarah Ockler
THE DRAGON KING CHRONICLES by Ellen Oh
FAMILY by Micol Ostow
I WILL SAVE YOU by Matt de la Pena
WHAT CAN’T WAIT by Ashley Hope Perez
ANNA & THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins
KINGDOM OF XIA trilogy by Cindy Pon
BOY21 by Matthew Quick
SCARS by Cheryl Rainfield
BEAUTIFUL by Amy Reed
BLEEDING VIOLET by Dia Reeves
AMELIA ANNE IS DEAD AND GONE by Kat Rosenfield
DR. BIRD’S ADVICE FOR SAD POETS by Evan Roskos
HOW I LIVE NOW by Meg Rosoff
THE DIVERGENT SERIES by Veronica Roth
THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE by Leila Sales
USES FOR BOYS by Erica Lorraine Scheidt
SEND ME A SIGN by Tiffany Schmidt
LIVE THROUGH THIS by Mindi Scott

LIVING DEAD GIRL by Elizabeth Scott
CHASING BROOKLYN by Lisa Schroeder
THE MARBURY LENS by Andrew Smith
THE REECE MALCOLM LIST by Amy Spalding
THE CAHILL WITCH CHRONICLES by Jessica Spotswood
THE IN BETWEEN by Barbara Stewart
THEN YOU WERE GONE by Lauren Strasnick 
17 & GONE by Nova Ren Suma
THE SPECTACULAR NOW by Tim Tharp
RATS SAW GOD by Rob Thomas
THE TROUBLE WITH HALF A MOON by Danette Vigilante
SOUL SCREAMERS series by Rachel Vincent
THE BOOK OF BLOOD AND SHADOW by Robin Wasserman
SMALL TOWN SINNERS by Melissa Walker
WHERE THINGS COME BACK by John Corey Whaley
THE CHOSEN ONE by Carol Lynch Williams
THE SPACE BETWEEN TREES by Katie Williams
THE MOCKINGBIRDS by Daisy Whitney

FREAK OBSERVER by Blythe Woolston
ABSOLUTELY MAYBE by Lisa Yee
THE PROGRAM by Suzanne Young
PAPER VALENTINE by Brenna Yovanoff
STORY OF A GIRL by Sara Zarr
THE HYBRID CHRONICLES by Kat Zhang

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Read The Waves in its gorgeous entirety here.

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To celebrate, we’re running “The Soundproof Room,” by Lacy M. Johnson, which can also be found in the most recent issue of Tin House. It is an excerpt from Johnson’s forthcoming Tin House book, The Other Side, which can be ordered here. We hope you’ll enjoy the piece, and consider subscribing to two great magazines that look nice on the shelf right next to each other.

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THE SOUNDPROOF ROOM

I won’t be coming in today

Tell me everything, he says. Start at the beginning. He does not mean the playground at the preschool with the rainbow bridge. Or the kitten tongue like sandpaper on my cheek. Or the potpourri simmering in the tiny Crock-Pot on the counter next to the jar of pennies in the kitchen. Though any of these could have been a beginning to the story I tell him. I want to see it, his little notepad, but he leaves the room to make some calls. No, I can’t call my family. No, not any of my friends. Nothing to do but to look at my feet, which are suddenly very, very absurd. Someone should cover them with shoes and socks.

He returns to lead me down a dark hallway, where every office is a room with a closed door, through a kitchen, where coffee brews and burns, out a heavy steel door to a parking lot, an unmarked car. A detective’s car. He gestures, as if to say, After you.

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A pile of #17andGone paperbacks landed on my doorstep today. They look awesome, @penguinteen!

Edited manuscript, revision round 2. It’s thicker than I realized. #toomanywords