Yesterday was my birthday, which is a pretty good time to reflect on the person you were, are, and hope to be. (Or let’s be honest, I’m actually writing this on my birthday to post it tomorrow, and if that seems a little overly honest, then think again. Maybe it’s just some distancing tactic – I wouldn’t put it past myself.) Anyway, over the last week or so, I might have thought a lot more about getting older if it weren’t for the fact that I was thinking about who I was, and more importantly, what haunted me at 17 for a guest post on Nova Ren Suma‘s blog in support of her new YA novel, 17 & Gone. (I even had the chance to
peek into my old journals for the first time in years and realized just how dramatic I was back then, and I have to say that some veils are better left closed.)
Now, I’m excited to say that my guest post was published on Nova Ren Suma’s blog on Saturday, but I’ve been so busy that I hadn’t had the chance to share the news with you. If you would like to see what haunted me at 17, then please check out the post. My contribution to the Haunted at 17 blog series is one of the first times that I’ve opened up on the Internet in a personal way, and it’s about a situation that I think a lot of people (teens and otherwise) have gone through, even if not in exactly the same way as I did, so I hope it resonates with you.
And then once you do that, definitely go out and read 17 & Gone if you haven’t already (it’s available now). This suggestion is especially fitting if you like slightly creepy, Gothic YA because from past experiences, I can tell that Nova Ren Suma knows how to tap into the consciousness of a haunted teen perfectly. Also, Gothic literature is one of my favorite types of reads, so yeah, there’s that. I mean, even if you aren’t up on all the ins and outs of Gothic lit, you can read it because it’s my favorite type of book if you want. I’ll let you.