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A Room Away From the Wolves

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  314 Ratings  ·  123 Reviews
Bina has never forgotten the time she and her mother ran away from home. Her mother promised they would hitchhike to the city to escape Bina’s cruel father and start over. But before they could even leave town, Bina had a new stepfather and two new stepsisters, and a humming sense of betrayal pulling apart the bond with her mother—a bond Bina thought was unbreakable.

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ebook, 304 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Algonquin Young Readers
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Emily May
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
2 1/2 stars. I tried so very hard to love this book, but I really struggled with it.

Nova Ren Suma's writing and stories are always somewhere between gorgeous and completely what-the-actual-fuck bonkers. Despite its weirdness, I really enjoyed The Walls Around Us, but I confess that was the first of her books I was able to finish. This one, I feel, was so hard to get through because I spent the majority of the story clueless as to what was going on.

It's really hard to become invested in a story a
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Kelly
As soon as I finished this, I flipped it back to the beginning to reread. This is a story about girls, about ghosts, and about our connections to the material things of the world (including the relationships we hold onto, even when we know we shouldn't). But, like all of Suma's books, when you come to the end and realize what she's done, you're mesmerized and curious as to just..HOW.

The writing is lush and perfect, and even though New York City doesn't instill a lot of romantic feelings for me,
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Acqua
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

A Room Away From the Wolves is an atmospheric, unique story set in an old boarding house in New York City. It follows a bisexual Jewish girl who is trying to leave behind an abusive home situation.
This is an odd, quiet, slow-paced gem of a book, unlike everything I had ever read before, and surprisingly difficult to review. I almost feel like I should reread this to do it justice, to absorb it better, but for now I'll write how I feel about it at the moment.

If you're always looking for
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Jessica Woodbury
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ya
When I read Nova Ren Suma's first novel I had trouble settling in because her style is so unique, both real and surreal. It is hard to get your bearings in one of her books, but now I get that this is the joy of it. Her books are like impressionist paintings, looking like one thing up close and another from far away. This time I let myself relax and enjoy myself, which worked much better. She and I will never be a perfect fit, but it has nothing to do with the quality of her work, which is fanta ...more
The Nerd Daily
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice

There’s something so beautiful about the way A Room Away From The Wolves is written. It’s a haunting, riveting, and oh so delightfully mysterious story to get lost in. Believe me, you will get lost in this story. The tension that builds as this story begins to unfold won’t let you put the book down until you’re tearing through the last page.

This story is chaotic and yet not at the same time. You get to experience the story throu
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Vicky Who Reads
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

I really enjoyed this! It's such a solid read, and there's so much mystery and fictional history behind it, it's very cool.

I'm not exactly sure how to describe the atmosphere of this book (but it has a really distinct atmosphere), so I'd say something like Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children crossed with The Dark Beneath the Ice by Amelinda Berube. It's sort of spooky, sort of mysterious, and all sorts of odd in between. There's all these mysterious things happening in the home fo
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Chelsea
Sep 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Not my favorite of her’s but damn, her writing so good. Some of those sentences she puts together...reminiscent of Laini Taylor. Very lyrical and the imagery is unparalleled. The story was...well, it was weird, which is to be expected from her but it wasn’t dark. I think The Walls Around Us hit with enough punch and eeriness to keep me hooked. This one didn’t have the oomph I wasn’t looking for. But did I mention her writing?
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
This is such an odd book and it’s hard to review without giving away the secrets. Bina’s mom makes her leave her home. She says it’s just for a month with friends, but Bina has another idea. She remembers stories her mom told her about a boarding house in New York. Her mom lived there while auditioning to be an actress. Her stories of freedom and having her own room appealed to Bina. After leaving her father, Bina’s mom met a man right away and moved in with him. He also had two daughters and Bi ...more
Catie
3 1/2 stars

This genre-bending, paranormal, realistic yet very trippy mystery is completely out of the box as per usual for Nova Ren Suma. It has rich, emotional writing and made me want to visit New York City again soon.

However, the mystery itself lost me somewhere along the way. It felt like the key details were strewn haphazardly across the story, leaving me to pick them up at random. I wanted the reveal to be tighter and more strategic – I wanted the tension to build in a purposeful way and
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Melissa Sarno
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Haunting and beautifully written.
Crini
Jan 10, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: released-2018
*cries* because finally a new Nova book *cries some more*
Jennie
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
So gorgeous and haunting. Nova Ren Suma is a treasure.
Andria
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-fiction
A thoroughly gorgeous modern gothic that combines so many of the things I love in a book: runaways, an all-girl boarding house (evocative of a boarding school setting), New York City, complicated and fraught mother-daughter relationships, an unsettling atmosphere of steadily growing unease, lush and lovely prose, and oh yes GHOSTS. Sometimes it feels like Nova Ren Suma is writing specifically for me, she hits all the right marks.
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
I need to think on this one for a while. My rating may change. I just chose 3 because it's in the middle and I'm feeling VERY in the middle and weird about this one. Also, if you know what the heck this was about-- please let me in on it!!
Holly
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I just. I'm so confused. Can someone please explain what actually happened to me? Because omg, I don't get the ending. (view spoiler) Do I even remember this book at all? No, because it left no impression on me. And that made me so sad considering how excited for this book I was. But I don't think I even liked this, because I spent most of the time wondering what the point of it was. Maybe I'm not smart enough for this type of story. Whate ...more
Jennifer
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult-teen
Mooooody.

Reviewed in the Sept/Oct 2018 issue of Horn Book.
Katherine Moore
Full blog tour review post can be found here: http://kamoorephoto.booklikes.com/pos...

This wonderful story has one step inside reality, and the other is deep inside somewhere quite otherworldly, which is also somewhere that Nova Ren Suma’s writing sits. Her writing is what gives this simple tale of a young girl ‘Bina’, who runs away from home to a boarding house in New York City, so much character, originality, and mystery.

Bina and her mother fled their home once before, last time to escape her
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Shelley
*Source* Library
*Genre* Young Adult / Ghost Stories
*Rating* 3.5

*Thoughts*

Author Nova Ren Suma's A Room Away From the Wolves is a spellbinding ghost story set in a refuge for trouble girls deep in the heart of New York City. The story is told in the first person narrative by Sabina (Bina) Tremper a girl who has had a difficult life. She remembers her mother teaching her how to hitchhike. She also taught her how to cover up abuse she receives from her step-sisters, or shall I call them, step monst
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Christy
This book is smarter than I am and I am 200% ok with that.
Simant ♥ Flipping Through the Pages
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So, A Room Away from the Wolves is like the most confusing book.. ever.. for me. I am still not sure about my feelings. Did I hate it? Did I enjoy this? I seriously don’t have a clear answer to both these questions. For half of the book, I was like “wait, what’s happening? It’s so confusing” and for the other half, I was like “I can’t put it down. I have to know what’s going to happen”.

This was my first read by Nova Ren Suma so I was not sure what to exp
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Dawn Abron
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it
So I loved The Walls All Around us and I was expecting a strange story but this book just didn't get going.

It started off so good. I love Suma's metaphorical writing and the way she allows the reader to fill in the gaps.

I loved the weird relationship between Bina and her mother. I liked most of the supporting characters.

My issue with this book was the pacing. I needed Suma to start telling me what the hell was going on but she just piled and piled on the mystery. I started to stop caring becaus
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Chelsea
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star
DNF @ pg 132

Nova Ren Suma has a lovely, densely metaphorical writing style, but her execution in terms of the story and plotting always leaves something to be desired. Her stories thrive on a lot of confusion, and as a reader it just doesn't work for me. Recommended for those who have loved Suma's other works.
Michelle (FabBookReviews)
New York Times bestselling young adult author Nova Ren Suma returns with the darkly mysterious and hauntingly beautiful A Room Away from the Wolves.

Told from the first-person narrative of teenager Sabina 'Bina' Tremper, A Room Away from the Wolves is a blend of tragic fairy tale, ghost story and study of a complicated mother-daughter relationship. As readers get to know snippets of Bina's life, we come to an understanding of just how painful and strange her life has always been and become. Bina
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Joanne
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Hilary (SongsWroteMyStory)
I received a copy of this book from Thomas Allen & Son in exchange for an honest review.

Have you ever read a book where you spend half the book saying 'I don't even know what's going on!' and the other half  saying 'I just can't put this down, you need to wait!'?

If not, do I have the book for you.

I still don't completely understand what happened in this book, if I'm being totally honest. I have so many questions about what happened and who and where and why. And yet I read it in three days b
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Morgan Vega
So I wanted to love this book, I really did, especially because I’m a fan of paranormal and magical realism. And because the main character Bina is bisexual. (She doesn’t identify with that particular word anywhere in the novel, but we know she’s attracted to both boys and girls.) I wanted it to be a five-star read.

However, I needed more from this book, specifically more of the mystical and romantic elements. Basically the elements I most wanted to read.

More than anything, I enjoyed the mysterio
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Mishma
I would like to point out trigger warnings for suicide ( at least the idea/concept of it )

Once in a while a book comes your way and makes you feel things that can never be expressed in coherent thoughts. A Room Away From Wolves was that book for me. I have never read Nova Ren Suma before - though I have her "The Walls Around Us" in my TBR - and I could totally see why some of my friends love her writing. From the first page, she and Bina takes the readers along a ride that is captivating, myster
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Alyssa
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted at A Lovely Book Affair.

Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

“Somtimes a person can’t tell you what you already know,” she said. “Somestimes you have to see it for yourself. Then you’ll believe.”

Bina has had a pretty complicated upbrining. Leaving her crap father with her mother and hitchhiking only to be thrust into this new step-family where her step-sisters are basically scum of the earth. So many things happened, including getting a massive black eye the
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Andrea Blythe
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Feeling betrayed after her mother kicks her out of the house after another supposed indiscretion, Bina takes immediate action — choosing to leave of her own accord. She grabs what money she can and travels not to the family friends her mother selected, but to Catherine House in New York City, the woman's residence her mother once lived. Bina has heard many stories of Catherine House, stories to fascinate her, stories to make her believe she can regain some connection to her mom by going there he ...more
Paige Green
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I received this book for free through KidLitExchange. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Rating: 3/5

Genre: YA Fantasy

Recommended Age: 16+ (depictions/mentions of suicide, abuse, assault, dark humor)

Pages: 304

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Synopsis: Bina has never forgotten the time she and her mother ran away from home. Her mother promised they would hitchhike to the city to escape Bina’s cruel father and start over. But before they could even leave town, Bina had a new stepfather and two new
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Nova Ren Suma is the author of the YA novels THE WALLS AROUND US as well as the YA novels IMAGINARY GIRLS and 17 & GONE, which were both named 2014 Outstanding Books for the College Bound by YALSA. Her middle-grade novel, DANI NOIR, was reissued for a YA audience under the title FADE OUT. She has a BA in writing & photography from Antioch College and an MFA in fiction from Columbia Univers ...more