As Simple as Snow
Anna-who prefers to be called Anastasia-is a slightly spooky and complicated high school girl. 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 h...more
I read this book nearly ten years ago and I can honestly say that it is a book that I think about all the time. Looking at the reviews for As Simple as Snow, I feel that readers generally fall into one of two camps: the lovers or the haters. There is no middle ground.
And that's because you either get it or you don't.
And by 'get it' I don't mean you've figured out Anna's riddles or solved her many mysteries. I mean that you get the narrator. You either get what it feels like t ...more
I very much enjoyed this book. It was bleak, with a manic pixie dream girl and a boy who's lacking personality (and a name! I always find that frustrat ...more
However, lately I have been thinking back to the characters. I've been mulling over the mystery of the plot, and feel tempted to pick the book back up again and go over it for clues I may have missed.
Possibly I won't find the answer, and in this way I am to be just as frustrated as the narrator. This ...more
Then I read the second half, and things started to go downhill.
I'll start by saying this- if you're like me, and like books with a real conclusion that ties up ...more
I managed to get a completely plotless book published, cheers!'
How to diagnose a lazy author:
'Puzzles?-great! Different hobby?-Even better. Shallow characters who like solving puzzles and have weird hobbies?- Couldn't get any better. Full stop. Now if you all could just complete the story for me, that would be great. Oh and yeah I killed somebody / made them disappe ...more
Apparently John Green is a big fan of this book, and has said that it inspired him to write Looking For Alaska. I haven't actually read any John Green besides TFIOS (I'll turn in my teen librarian badge now), but from everything I've h ...more
But despite this, I would give it another star if I weren't old enough to realize that star would only be because I remember this specific era of post-goth and that's actually when I was one (though rather than the mysterious girl that changes everything, I was just kind of a dork) and that's not ...more
Yes, this book really was an inspiration for John Green’s Looking for Alaska.
And I can see it. However, before coming across his statement on his tumblr, I would have expected him to say “I really wanted to make the story GOOD" and not "one of the best books you’ll ever read.”
Because for me, it really, really wasn’t. Not even close.
You have the narrator (not named—one of my pet peeves unless it’s actually necessary) who is a blank sheet of paper. Really. He act ...more
The one character that made me love this book and not want to put it down was Anna. She was that one character fo ...more
Here are my theories and thoughts that are spoilers.
(view spoiler)[I think Mr. Devon had something to do with Ana's disappearance. I think she is dead first off. Here's why: Why was Ana so against him? She obviou ...more
I related to the unnamed narrator in this novel because in the past
it has driven me crazy (so to speak) when someone I cared about just "disappeared".
It never drove me to the level of obsession that the main character had
but the frustration, hurt and longing was something I could see in myself.
This book could be classified as drama/mystery because it's not about "whodunit"
but who we choose to become when something precious to us simply vanishes.
The group of people Anna is part of is referred to as “...tattooed Satan-worshiping Goth Mormon, homosexual., S&M piercing necrophiliac drug-using vegetarians.” Which is a rather interesting combination of things, to say the least.
Anna disappears. It seems to have been a s ...more
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