My dedication and acknowledgements accidentally got left out of the NOBODY final copies. This is sad (and hopefully my publisher will be able to fix it for the paperback), but it also seems somewhat appropriate, given that Nobody is about teenagers that are supernaturally unnoticeable. No one ever really looks at them. People are continually forgetting they exist at all. This is obviously a very lonely way to live—until these two teenagers meet each other. Then things get less lonely and more just STEALTHY.
So I like to think that the dedication/acknowledgements are just stealthy, too…
This one’s for Ally, for snickerdoodles, friendship, and keeping The Crazies at bay.
The writing of this book spanned four years of my life, and it went through five major revisions. Major thanks are due to the people whose comments helped me find the story and refine the way I told it: my agent, Elizabeth Harding, who was there for every draft (and a few freak outs along the way); my first readers, Sarah Cross and Melissa Marr, whose spot-on insights gave me the much-needed push to see this book through to completion; and my tirelessly passionate editor, Regina Griffin, who managed to intuit exactly what this story needed and helped me bring it there. Thanks, too, are due to the team at EgmontUSA, particularly Katie Halata, who coordinated the marketing for this book, and to superstar cover designer Sammy Yuen, who never fails to surprise me—in a good way!
I am also incredibly grateful to my graduate school advisors and friends, who were so supportive during the writing and editing of this book (and my dissertation). Laurie Santos, Paul Bloom, Christina Starmans, Mark Sheskin—just to name a few—you are greatly appreciated! And thank you to my writing friends—Ally Carter, Sarah Rees Brennan, Sarah Cross, Melissa Marr, Carrie Ryan, Melissa de la Cruz, Team Castle, and BOB, among others—who kept me company during various stages of this book (and kept me sane).
As always, I am blessed in my family, and so thankful for each and every one of you (and special thanks to my mom, who was the very first person to read this book).