As Simple as Snow

As Simple as Snow

Book - 2006
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"Anna Cayne had moved here in August, just before our sophomore year in high school, but by February she had, one by one, killed everyone in town."

Anna--who prefers to be called Anastasia--is a slightly spooky and complicated high school girl with a penchant for riddles, Houdini tricks, and ghost stories. She spends much of her time writing obituaries for every living person in town. She is unlike anyone the narrator has ever known, and they make an unlikely, though happy, pair.

Then a week before Valentine's Day, Anna disappears, leaving behind only a dress placed neatly near a hole in the frozen river, and a string of unanswered questions. Desperate to find her, or at least to comprehend what happened and why, the narrator begins to reconstruct the past five months. And soon the fragments of curious events, intimate conversations, secrets, and peculiar letters (and the anonymous messages that continue to arrive) coalesce into haunting and surprising revelations that may implicate friends, relatives, and even Anna herself.

Publisher: New York : Penguin, [2006], c2005.
Edition: Berkley trade pbk. ed. --
ISBN: 9780425207802
0425207803
Characteristics: 308 p.

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lpreston214
Aug 11, 2015

The haunting story of Anna, a fascinating teenager who forges a relationship with the narrator of the story, then suddenly disappears. Reading this novel is the first place I heard about numbers stations made popular in the TV show Lost. You won't soon forget this book and its main character. Unlike the usual mystery this one leaves many unanswered questions. Deliciously creepy.

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somethingvague
Jun 25, 2012

The book is written in a very creative writing style. The thing I didn't like is how unresolved the story is. The narrator tries to figure out what happend to Anna, but nothing is really very clear in the end, just assumptions and guesses of what happend. It's like the author wanted you to kinda have to figure it out for yourself. This book isn't exactly a mystery either (or the type of mystery a mystery reader would normally read), despite the missing girl plot, and misleading first part of the back cover, "Anna Cayne had moved here in August, just before our sophomore year in high school, but by February she had, one by one, killed everyone in town." It's more of a story of the narrater's time together with Anna. And the aftermath of thier relationship when she goes missing. All in all, it's a very simple, yet complex book at the same time.

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DeltaQueen50
Jul 16, 2011

A YA puzzler, As Simple As Snow tells the story of a straight forward teen who meets a complicated Goth girl and falls hard. Over the course of one winter they are together. She is full of tricks and mind games, weaving herself into his life as they plan to be together forever. One of her hobbies is writing obituaries for everyone in the town. She talks about death and suicide and they make a pact to try to contact each other if anything happens. Their code is the phrase ‘as simple as snow’.

One February night she disappears. All that is found is her dress and a hole in the river. Did she drown? Was it suicide or murder? Where had she gone? Her body is never recovered and our main character is left to try and put the pieces together. At this point the book descended into an valley of teen angst and I basically lost interest.

A disappointing ending to a book that started with so much promise. Lots of literary and musical references but the writing turned stilted and clumsy, and the characters were just too one dimensional and lacked depth. Unfortunately As Simple As Snow never really developed into the interesting story I had hoped for.

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merricat
Mar 01, 2011

Beautiful

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marigold18
Feb 24, 2011

Very haunting book. The feeling has stayed with me since first reading it over a year ago.

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