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Tell Me What You See

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  307 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Teen gothic horror from a new German author--sure to send chills down your spine!

Berlin, Christmas, the dead of night: 16-year-old Alissa and her best friend, Evelin, are making their annual secret pilgrimage to the grave of Alissa's father when Alissa falls through thick snow to land in an underground crypt. There she finds a child's casket...with a strange black plant gr...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Chicken House (first published August 1st 2002)
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♥ The Book Snob ♥
Literally the weirdest book I've ever read.

Gave me the creeps and negative vibes. And I didn't really get it.

Yikes! Of course I don't recommend this to ANYONE !
Sesana
There are a lot of viewpoints floating around here. There's Alissa, and her best friend Evelin, and Alissa's parents, and Evelin's girlfriend, and Alissa's ex-boyfriend... Too many viewpoints, probably, and certainly more than was needed. Especially when events from one chapter are repeated in another, from a slightly different point of view. The viewpoints that are most used (Alissa, Evelin, ex-boyfriend Simon) are distinctive enough, particularly Simon's. But the other viewpoints, especially t...more
Aran
I'd read it again and again. In my top 10 favorite books. :3
Alana
Alissa is the Winter Child. Simon is the Loving One. Evelin is the Best Friend. Robert is the Step Father. Elia and Aren are the Healers. This all takes place in the winter of Berlin.

Alissa's dad died when she was young. Every Christmas, Alissa visits her dad's grave with her best friend, Evelin. This year, Alissa chose to go at night. She has trouble finding her dad's grave in the dead of night. When she steps into a pile of snow, she falls through a hole that leads to a crypt. Evelin runs to...more
Molly S
Tell Me What You See by Zoran Drevenkar is about a teenage girl, Alissa who lives in Berlin. Every Christmas Alissa secretly visits her father's grave with her best friend, Evelin, but as they are searching Alissa falls into am old crypt. While waiting for Evelin to get help she finds something. "The plant is growing out of a dead child's chest,"(29). Little does Alissa know that soon the "hypnotic plat" will take hold of her as well. Her friend Evelin helps her and stays with her through her en...more
Kathleen Dixon
My daughter had this book from the library, and recommended it highly so I decided that even though I didn't have time, I'd read it. It's excellent. Alissa's father died when she was young, and she and her mother have never got on since. There's a stepfather and a half-brother, both of whom are fine, but none of the family are central to the story. Each year Alissa and her best friend Evelin make a Christmas night pilgrimage to her father's grave, but this year Alissa falls into a crypt and disc...more
Mary
I chose this book simply because I had just finished the author's latest translated novel "You" and gave it the highest rating. This is the only book by Drvenkar in my public library at the moment and I think it was only classified as fiction but perhaps I am wrong. Anyway I have read several young adult books recommended by my grandchildren and admired them immensely. But with this book I guess I am simply much, much too old. So, sorry I had to be honest in rating and I can only say I am not so...more
Gaby
On Christmas morning, Alissa and her best friend, Evelin, go to the cemetery to finds Alissa's father's grave. When Alissa falls into a crypt, she finds something that she has never seen before. When she goes home, things start happening to her. Her ex-boyfriend, Simon, starts stalking her. Alissa is the Winter Child. Everybody is born with a gift.

This book was really good. I loved to read it because you wouldn't know what was going to happen next. I recommend it. It's suspenseful, dramatic, and...more
Vishy
‘Tell Me What You See’ is told from the perspective of multiple points of view but all of them tell the story of the teenage heroine Alissa. When Alissa was young her father dies in a road accident. Alissa misses her father and every year she goes to her father’s grave on Christmas night along with her best friend Evelin. The story told in the book happens during a period lasting for around a week starting from Christmas night. Though it is snowing, Alissa and Evelin leave their homes after ever...more
Roshini
When I bought it, I didn't realise that this book had originally been written in a different language. I was a little wary, since I have not had very good luck with translated versions. Many a time, I find that the translator rambles and produces very long sentences, when shorter ones would've sufficed. That being said, I decided to give this one a try, and I'm glad I did. For one, the translation was good with no long-winded explanations. The story was a little on the creepy side and it was qui...more
Hayley W.
In Zoran Drvenkar's "Tell Me What You See", Alissa and her best friend, Evelin, set off to the cemetery to visit Alissa's dad's grave, as they do every year on the day he died, coincidentally Christmas. While attempting to scrape the snow of the hundreds of coated gravestones to read the names, Alissa mystically plummets into a subterranean crypt. By candlelight, she stumbles into a pitch-black room and is oddly inclined to open a young boy's casket that is lying there. Growing out of the boy's...more
Meg
I read this when I was a teenager, and I couldn't put the book down. It's so creepy, but fascinating. I absolutely LOVED it. I never knew the name of it or the author for a long time, and recently I googled every possible key word I could remember, and finally found it! Can't wait to read this again.
Victoria
I rate this book 2.5 stars. It was an interesting book, to say the least.

I didn't find this book to be very horror-like, just weird. Weird, ghostly, and somewhat creepy. I really don't know how I feel about it.

It was intriguing, though. I wanted to find out what would happen, in a sense. But, I also didn't really find myself picking up the book much, so it took me a while to finish it. Other than that, it could have been a fast read.

If you like books where there are things that you do not know a...more
Xjuliexo
To me this book was absolutely perfect. Too long at some points but amazingly told by many perspectives.
I loved reading this fresh and new young-adult novel.
Christine
This book felt very twisted.

Saying it gave me shivers at some points are an understatement. It felt very dark, hopeless, evil...

But for some reason, I enjoyed it.
Translated, it was a little difficult to comprehend at times, but the main point came through.
This book sitting on my bookshelf seems to haunt me; the benefit of having different perspectives is that you get a sense of how everyone feels, thinks and lives. It was insane reading in Simon's perspective. His uncontrollable urges and des...more
TheSaint
Do you have a best friend? Are you a best friend? After reading Tell Me What You See, by Zoran Drvenkar, I guarantee you will need to reevaluate what the term "best friend" means. Alissa is going through a particularly hard Christmas this year, but best friend Evelin is willing to help by going to visit Alissa's father's grave on Christmas day. An accident at the cemetery sets in motion a series of events and situations that no best friend should ever have to experience.
Yesenia Mendiola
i think this book was so interesting because it tells me about a girls life and how she changes really fast. My favorite part of the book is when she is scared that her friend might be pregnant and they are really worried then they go to the hospital and then they get really happy because she isn't pregnant........
Lori
I just recently read this book for the second time, and I loved it just as much as when I read it the first time! I really liked how the story went through most of the characters but still kept first person. The plot line and story was really unique, and I really liked the characters! I thought this book was awesome.
Danielle Brown
I have read this book multiple times and I have not gotten sick of it, not one bit.
This is one of the only books that this author has translated into English.
If you want a twisted horror story with romance, death, and pure adrenaline: this is the book for you.
N.L. Riviezzo
This book was odd and a little creepy but still a decent read. I was a little put off by the constant switching of narrators since they all sounded the same to me. I think the book would have been better if it had been written in third person.
Jasmine
This book was one of those where it feels like you are stepping in during the middle of a series. It takes the majority of the book to explain somethings that would have made the book better had they been explained sooner.
Chantal
Very suspenseful read! Cleverly written from the perspectives of each of the main characters, weaving an intricate tale of life and death; real and the supernatural; gift and curse.

Not for the faint-hearted.


Cory
This book was really odd. Germans!! However, I ended up getting sucked in far more than I thought I would, and it created quite an atmosphere of spooky tension. In other words . . . I got kinda scared reading it.
Robert O Mahony
This book was okay but kinda boring. There wasn't enough information given about what was going on and even after finishing it I'm still unsure of what it was all about. Not as good as I was expecting
Kate
interesting, but i got kinda weired out at points...and i don't get weired out easily. over all, i think it was good. the whole is was a originally in German was very cool. I'm taking German.
Jasmin
My favorite book of all times!!
I had to do a book report about it in the 8th grafe. i sure did get an A+ on that report! (: I love the details and the ending omg mind blowing!
Taylor Peters
If you want a really good book that really is creepy, (in a good way) and that really keeps you on your toes this is your kind of book!
Saniya Huseini
The book is a complete fiction... it was OK OK... the Simon part is completely unbelievable... one time read and no recommendations
Daniela
Ziemlich gruselig & unheimlich... aber ein Buch, das man nicht einfach zur Seite legen kann.
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Zoran Drvenkar was born in Križevci in Croatia in 1967 and moved to Berlin with his parents at the age of three. He has been a writer since 1989, and his novels, poems, plays and short stories have won him numerous awards and prizes. Zoran Drvenkar currently still lives in Berlin.
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