Project 17

Project 17

by Laurie Faria Stolarz

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High atop Hathorne Hill, near Boston, sits Danvers State Hospital. Built in 1878 and closed in 1992, this abandoned mental institution is rumored to be the birthplace of the lobotomy. On the eve of the hospital's demolition, six teens break in to spend the night and film a movie about their experiences. For Derik, it's an opportunity to win a filmmaking contest and save himself from a future of flipping burgers at his parents' diner. For the others, it's a chance to be on TV, or a night with no parents. But what starts as a dare quickly escalates into a nightmare.

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ISBN-13: 9781423138075
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 07/18/2010
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 400 KB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Laurie Faria Stolarz is the author of Project 17 and Bleed, as well as the highly popular young adult novels Blue Is for Nightmares, White Is for Magic, Silver Is for Secrets, and Red Is for Remembrance. Born and raised in Salem, Massachusetts, Stolarz attended Merrimack College and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College in Boston. For more information, please visit her Web site at

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Project 17 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 141 reviews.
mixolydian320 More than 1 year ago
For me, this had a lot of elements that I think make a really good book. Many YA books I get are unfortunately lacking quality writing, but I thought this book was pretty in, there were no moments where I cringed and thought 'bad fanfic.' Another thing I liked, though I know some people probably won't, was the fact that it wasn't G-rated. There was swearing, sex jokes, etc., which I actually appreciated. Many YA books concerning teenagers skirt around these things. As a teenager who regularly hangs out with other teenagers, I thought the non-G rating made it a little more believable. Some people said the characters were stereotypes...I disagree. I think they *could* have easily been stereotypes (the player, the goth, the brain, the clown), if the book was only in one person's POV. But I thought the multiple POVs provided insight into each of the characters that gave them depth. No, the book is not super-scary or gory, especially for horror-movie fans like myself, but it is suspenseful; once or twice I got so sucked into the tension in the book that little noises around me made me jump. Basically, if you're looking for a good, quick read, with good writing, plot, and characters, I recommend this book.
Natcole33 More than 1 year ago
GREAT BOOK. Project 17 has a great mixture of humor and scariness. The characters all have a different personality which works great and gives the book variety. I love how each chapter is a different character cause you get to see what the character is thinking and whats going on from their prospective instead of just one character telling the story. LOVE.LOVE.LOVE. IF YOURE LOOKING FOR MORE BOOKS BY LAURIE FARIA STOLARZ I HIGHLY RECOMMEND: THE TOUCH SERIES THE BLUE IS FOR NIGHTMARES SERIES
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok im a twelve year old girl and this book is AMAZING! If you're looking for a scary mysterious book that you can't predict whats gonna happen next, then read this book. I was never able to put it down. I read for three strait hours! But i have to warn you, there is some pretty bad language, thats what i had realized when i was reading it, but it was spectacular book overall !! :)
EstherSwift More than 1 year ago
Six typical teenagers spending the night in a Mental Hospital. For one purpose to: film a movie. The secrets that they discover inside the Hospital will bring them into their past and future. Derik, a typical high school senior wants more of life than his low-average life of helping his parents with their diner and barely passing high school. He decides to enter into a "real-reality film contest" for a bigger and better picture for his future. He gathers five of the most diverse teenagers in his school and brings them altogether to shoot a taping for the reality film contest during midnight. The six teenagers just expect to walk around the hospital's hallway discovering traces of the history of the patients who resided there, but what they discover is more than their eyes can bare. A chilling and suspenseful page turner, the characters and the mystery of a seventeen year old girl named Christine Belle who had once lived in the Hospital brings all six teenagers closer to themselves and each other. They will not leave until they discover the past of Christine's life, their own, and what their future beholds.
untiltheend More than 1 year ago
I was honestly astonished at the number of four and five star reviews here, raving about how wonderful "Project 17" is. Okay, so the idea of it is great. A haunted asylum that six kids break into to film a movie about their know the story by now. It could be terrifying. The book has the potential to be extremely scary......but it's not. The setting isn't very well defined, and the "scares" are few and far between and not exactly that scary. And I'm very, very easily scared - I cannot watch horror movies of any sort without being a nervous wreck for the next few nights, or even weeks. The characters, like the setting, had the potential to be great. But they were rather two dimensional and not well developed. All the subplots about their relationships don't exactly help the story along. Definitely not a book to buy. Borrow? Maybe. But if you want scary, this isn't it. This is a drama with a bit of a mystery. (I'd give it 2.5 stars if I could rate with half stars here.)
BookShelfReviews More than 1 year ago
I love a good scary story, so when I read the summary for Project 17 I was, needless to say, intrigued. I was hoping for a funny horror movie in paperback form. When I started reading, I quickly realized that I was going to have to lower my expectations a bit in order to enjoy this story more. One thing about YA fic is that things are often a watered-down version of what they could be. But once I got past that and really got into the book, that’s where the fun began. Derik is a high school kid whose future is starting to look a little grim. Not the best student, his options are to work at his family’s diner when he graduates or… actually, that’s it. So when he finds out about a film contest that might give him another way out, Derik leaps at the chance. His idea? To film a low-budget horror flick à la Session 9 at the old, deserted Danvers State Hospital, aka the Danvers Insane Asylum. He and five other kids from his school agree to spend the night at the old asylum and film a few scenes. It doesn’t take long for them to realize that things aren’t exactly going as planned. Stolarz gets points for crafting some genuinely spooky scenes. There’s a particular page towards the beginning of the book that involves a talking doll that made the hairs on the back of my neck stand right up. And two thumbs way up for the setting: a creepy abandoned, possibly sentient, probably haunted asylum is always a good go-to horror destination. As for the characters, I was a bit disappointed with their characterization. They fall right into their prescribed stereotypes and although there’s development that tries to make them more three-dimensional, it fell a little flat. The ending, as well, was a bit anticlimactic. Quite short at about 250 pages, Project 17 was a quick little read that is a great way to pass the time without getting too emotionally invested in the story. I definitely learned a few common sense things, like 1. Don’t go into an abandoned building in the dead of night and 2. Don’t go into an abandoned building that is also a former insane asylum that might be haunted and 3. Just don’t go into abandoned buildings in general, especially the former asylum ones that might be haunted. People who get scared easily might want to read this one with the lights on!
Emma_97_Reader More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely amazing. So great that U could not put it down.It took me only a few hours to read it. I loved how you got a first person perspective from each of the characters. It was a thrilly and always had me on edge. Great setting+great characters+great writing= great book. I recommend this book for anyone up for a spooky and thrilling book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, at first it took me awhile to get into it then I kept reading and fell in love! I love all the scary thrilling parts and the made me want to keep reading and not set the book down!1 I would reccomend it to maybe 13+ or 14+ because of the setting and lauguage, But everything eles was outstanding I would reccomend this book to anyone!
Runa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this book started out pretty strong, had a decent middle with a good amount of action, and then just decided to fall flat on its face. It starts out with character sketches, giving the reader a good idea on the main players in the story. The characters are discussed and developed throughout the rest of the book, but for the most part, around the middle, the focus shifts drastically to plot. The plot is interesting, but the end resolution...boooooo-ring. So ridiculously boringly predictable. The characters, they're great, they're well-developed, three dimensional, realistic people, with the possible exception of Liza. I went into this under the assumption it is a psychological thriller, but it's just not. It's a thriller that happens to be set in an abandoned psych ward. No mind-twisting in this one! It's one of those books where the reader feels like the author was rushing to meet a deadline and didn't put all their effort into the story, leaving us with a lame ending. I was just completely underwhelmed by this book, it had so much potential (the idea of possession comes to mind), but blew it. Rating: 2/5
TFS93 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a really different book. Reading it was almost like watching a movie, but better. It had just the right amount of suspense. The cast of characters was very diverse, everyone should be able to relate to one or more of them. I wasn't too thrilled with the ending, but all in all, a very good book.
Lisette3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The novel, Project 17, encompasses the mental hospital struggles that the teenagers face against reality and belief. In the beginning, Derik, the protaganist, struggles with his future and family life so, Derik has an idea to make a film that could change his future. Throughout the middle, he perserveers through seeing things through a camera and relying on friends to keep going. At the end, the overall concept of the book changed the character's lives in many ways.
johnny21 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The novel, Project 17, encompasses, the wolrd is more then what it seems. In the beginning, Derik, the protagonist struggles with his future. Throughout the middle, he perserveres by getting through the video project for him so he can get this scholarship. By the end he has learned it wasn't all about the movie but showing this video to all the people
johnny10 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The novel, Project 17, encompasses, the world is more then what it seems. In the beginning, Derik, the protagonist struggles with his future. Throughout the middle, he perseveres by getting through the video project for him so he can get this scholarship. By the end he has learned it wasn't all about the movie but showing this video to all the people who didn't know what happen in that mental hospital.Pages 248/248
amber96 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The novel, Project 17, encompasses that people with different personalities can fall for each other. In the beginning, the protagonist struggles with the pressure of having to design and film a movie in a haunted asylum. Throughout the middle, he preserves by finding other teens like him with nothing better to do to shoot in his film and learns about a Christine Belle and her doll. By the end, he learns that he is not just in the asylum for his self but also to help Christine Belle and everybody falls in love with another. (248/248)
Kaybowes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Some teens go into a decrepit asylum to film a documentary for a contest. Weird, spooky things keep happening. The characters are fairly one-dimensional but the suspense is real. Told alternately by the different teens, the story is plot driven, although the characters do have conflicts.Spooky, yet it never caught my full attention. Fits idea of list -- just not sure how popular.
4sarad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was interesting and a fun read. It was very movie-like, and I think a bunch of my students will get into it because of that. It was spooky and the story kept the suspense up and I was getting a bit jumpy! The ending though? Ugh. I think it sucked.
QueenAlyss on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Project 17 is a ghost story about a group of high schoolers that go to Danvers State mental Institute in order to make a film for a contest. Although the group knew that it would be a creepy experience, they never planned on the experience that would unfold. The novel is named after a symbolic effect in the novel... can you guess before it is revealed? :DNegatives: It seemed like Stolarz was trying too hard to make these kids life- like at some points.Positive: The characters seemed real the majority of the time, amazing suspense and plot line, and a very intense setup
teharhynn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book wasn't as good as some of her others, but overall it does show that she can write for many genres (within the teen realm.) I'll continue to read her books, to see if she suprises me. I did like it, and it was compelling, so I guess really I can't say much bad about it.
BookPrincessBlog More than 1 year ago
The perfect book for a Halloween read! I think I have a lot to blame on this book. I have to blame my love of ghostie books on this one. I have to blame my love of abandoned insane asylums or hospitals on this book. I have to blame my love of cheering on any dual-POV book by Laurie Faria Stolarz on this book. And lastly, I have to blame my love of a bunch of rough and tumble kids going on secret adventures on this book. I loved this book. Correction, years later, I still love this book. I've never been a horror girl - and I most definitely will never be - but this is horror and thriller done right. This book is about a group of kids that go into an abandoned insane asylum that is about to be torn down for a night. All the locals think it's haunted, and truthfully, after starting to read all the crazy happening that's going on, you may be inclined to think so, too. Enter in our group of adventurers. There's Derek, the budding movie maker who needs to make this documentary in order to win a film contest to help him in his movie career, so he grabs a crazy cast to make his movie perfect. We've got Mimi, the quintessential goth chick who has problems of her own; Chet, the class - or abandoned mental hospital in this case - clown always trying to get a laugh; Liza, the type and straight A student going along to get something a little extra on her resume to make sure she gets into the college of her dreams; and Tony and Greta, two actors who are always in the spotlight...or always making out. What will happen once they're locked into the hospital for the night? Will the ghosts appear...or maybe something go horribly wrong? I loved this cast of characters. They all had their own demons, they're own problems. They weren't just cookie cutter characters that you couldn't tell apart when the narration changed. Even if you didn't like them at first, you began to see why they were doing the things that they were and how they got to this point. My two favorite characters were definitely Liza and Derek - mostly because I adored their little ship. I really wasn't expecting a romance out of this story, but Stolarz made sure there were little ships that I could cheer for and watch them sail. I did like all of the characters, though, and there really wasn't one that I hated. I also loved the atmosphere of the book. She created a very haunting and scary picture. I definitely would not like my butt locked in there for the night, and she definitely helped us paint a picture of what or wasn't lurking in the dark. Trust me, if you're looking for a spooky setting, this is definitely the book for you. Also, the storyline kept me on my toes...and definitely had me looking over my shoulder. I would scurry down the hallway at night, and I didn't dare get up to the pee. Walking down a darkened hallway or darkened hallway was definitely not allowed for me at this point. There were so many little twists and scary things that had me rethinking things and my stance on ghosts. I really don't get freaked out by too many books, and this book had me definitely creeped out. Stolarz created such a perfectly atmospheric and dark story that infused humor, great characters, and an interesting storyline. While this story was perfect for a Halloween read, it's a great read period. I would so recommend this for anyone - and truthfully, it really doesn't get too scary so don't let me scare you off too much. It has its adorable ships and creepy atmosphere.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
This sounded good. The writing I loved. But then near the end it was a little disappointing. You're expecting something but then its something else. Still, the characters, well each of them, go through something so I guess there's that. The setting was especially good. Reminds me a little bit of Supernatural, well the new cover. Old one is good and creepy.
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Project 17 was a great book but i dont recommand it for anyone under about eleven maybe. It had a lot of language especially in the beginning and i was tempted to put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutley love this book! Must read!
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