The Edge of Seventeenby Alexandra Sokoloff
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Sixteen-year old Anna Sullivan is having terrible dreams of a massacre at her school. Anna’s father is a mentally unstable veteran, her mother vanished when Anna was five, and Anna might just chalk the dreams up to a reflection of her crazy waking life – except that Tyler Marsh, the most popular guy at the school and Anna’s secret crush, is having the exact same dream.
Despite the gulf between them in social status, Anna and Tyler connect, first in the dream and then in reality. As the dreams reveal more, Anna becomes convinced that they are being shown the future so they can prevent the shooting…
If they can survive the shooter – and the dream.
Short story: 6700 words. Winner of the ITW Thriller award for Best Short Fiction.
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As a screenwriter, Alexandra Sokoloff has sold original horror and thriller scripts and written novel adaptations for numerous Hollywood studios. Her debut ghost story, THE HARROWING, was nominated for a Bram Stoker award (horror) and an Anthony award (mystery) for Best First Novel. Her second supernatural thriller, THE PRICE, was called “Some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre” by the New York Times Book Review. THE UNSEEN is based on real-life experiments conducted at the Rhine parapsychology lab on the Duke University campus; and BOOK OF SHADOWS teams a cynical Boston cop and a beautiful, mysterious witch from Salem in a race to solve a Satanic killing. Alex is also the author of two writing workbooks based on her internationally acclaimed workshop and blog: SCREENWRITING TRICKS FOR AUTHORS. She writes erotic paranormal on the side, including THE SHIFTERS, Book 2 of THE KEEPERS trilogy.
“The Edge of Seventeen” was originally published in THE DARKER MASK, and won the International Thriller Writers' Thriller award for Best Short Fiction. Alex recently adapted the story as a full-length supernatural YA: THE SPACE BETWEEN, available now.
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The expanded version of this book is called "The Space Between" by Alexandra Sokoloff. It is not currently available for the Nook e-reader at this time. It can be puchased from the author's website. Please see my review for full details. -AvidReader PS. I do not know the author personally or professionally. It is a good short story. I hope that the novelization lives up to my expectations.