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As Simple as Snow

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  2,376 Ratings  ·  377 Reviews

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

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Patrick
Mar 27, 2008 Patrick rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
This was a real shit-show. A bland high school dude falls in love with this goth chick who has all these obscure interests she forces on him, and long story short, she disappears and you have to try and figure out if she was murdered, committed suicide, or ran away. There are a bunch of so-called "clues" throughout the book that are actually all red herrings and the book concludes with no resolution. That didn't bother me so much as the fact that the road to nowhere was boring. I would only reco ...more
g
Dec 05, 2009 g rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kyla
Jul 03, 2008 Kyla rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Unlike everyone else in the world, I hated this book. Should have liked it: YA, numerous literary and musical references, etc. But the characters were flat, flat, flat. And unrealistic. It was like the author sat down and wrote what he wished had happened to him in high school with the benefit of years of reading and listening to music - which is my fantasy/style of YA writing too, which is why my writing sucks. Kind of feels like he got his MFA and read somewhere that YA novels were selling so ...more
Jen Himes
Aug 27, 2014 Jen Himes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book.

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
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Nikole
Jun 13, 2012 Nikole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark-tales
To be perfectly honest, I am giving this book such a high rating because it pissed me off and I couldn't get it out of my head. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy reading the book. The reason I was so obsessed and angry after finishing it was all the unanswered questions. For starters, you never even learn the main character's name (and this is the least of the mysteries). Then there is the eccentric goth girl he falls for that has more secrets than she has appearances in the book. To top it off, h ...more
Katie
Oct 07, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this because John Green said that As Simple as Snow inspired him in part to write Looking for Alaska, and boy, that influence is apparent. I actually had to remind myself a few times that this was not, in fact, a John Green novel (interestingly enough, this was written as an adult novel, but has been adopted by the YA community with gusto).

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
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Michelle
Oct 27, 2008 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a good mystery.
As Simple as Snow by Gregory Galloway is a novel about a normal teenager whose life changes dramatically when he meets Anna Cayne. This boy (his name is never told to the readers) narrates the story and takes the readers back to when he first meets Anna and their romance. Then Anna suddenly disappears and leaves behind a black dress in a hole in the snow and unanswered questions of what happened to her that the narrator takes upon himself to solve. The author Gregory Galloway has a MFA from the ...more
Sara
Jun 08, 2011 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: breezy
I finished this book back in October. At the time I gave it 3 stars because I felt, as did many others according to the comments, that it was too unresolved and too unsure of its own genre for a 4.
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
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Sera
Dec 27, 2012 Sera rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'll be honest, I really wanted to like this book. And for the first half or so, I did. Anna was an original sort of character, and despite the blandness of the narrator, I liked the way that the two interacted with each other. The plot promised to become even more interesting, and to be honest, I was all set to give this book five stars.

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
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Armana
Mar 21, 2015 Armana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The publisher should include something like 'Warning: Not meant to be read by people looking for a plot.' Or '
Achievement unlocked:
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
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Simone
Apr 02, 2015 Simone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lit
I think to really enjoy this book you have to accept and be ok with the fact that you never find out what happens to Anna. (Not a spoiler, the narrator says this at the start of the book.) I accepted that early on, and just let myself enjoy the ride and the story.

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
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Marya
Aug 27, 2008 Marya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-mystery
I guess this is a mystery; a main character disappears in the middle of the story, leaving the narrator to try and work out what happened to her. Yet, this is not a whodunnit story. The book is more interested in exploring the narrator's sense of self and how others define/do not define it. The character who disappears is equally self-absorbed. She drops names of famous or obscure artists/musicians/writers/performers constantly, as though these, plus her Goth attire, define her. She also has a p ...more
Cyrus Donovan
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MarxtheScizor
Jul 30, 2015 MarxtheScizor rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Silver
Jul 25, 2015 Silver rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, young-adult
This was one of the most beautifully written and compelling YA novels I have read. Most YA books including ones I have read and enjoyed have a certain simplicity to them in the prose, dialogue, character development etc. It is as if the writers do not fully trust the intelligence of the reader, or don't want to challenge the reader. But Simple As Snow is filled with complexities, a depth of emotion, layers of symbolism and the prose at times is almost poetic. Reading it it does not have that fee ...more
Sarah B.
Mar 18, 2009 Sarah B. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Nicola
Apparently, Galloway has an MFA. I know this from this book jacket blurb, but the clues are also in his style of writing. As Simple As Snow, a bleak little adolescent love-story-turned-mystery, reads like a clumsy creative writing dissertation. Most of the first dozen chapters are simply vignettes describing the novel’s major characters. They’re not integrated into the story in any way – they’re just there, as if copied&pasted from a homework assignment to write 1,000 words about a single ch ...more
Claire
May 21, 2012 Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: students
It's kind of a shame this got pigeonholed as YA - it's rare that I find adult literature that leaves so many mysteries unsolved. Of course, some authors leave things unresolved and it feels like a cop-out, but in this case, it was nice! This book definitely gets better after the manic pixie dream girl goes missing. She's a little too kookily mysterious/spontaneous/culturally aware, but maybe she actually has modeled herself after some manic pixie dream girls a la Garden State Natalie Portman and ...more
Katherine
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Runed Platypus
Jan 21, 2016 Runed Platypus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Книга, сотканная из шифров, загадок, аллюзий, реминисценций, интертекстуальности. Узнай сам, насколько прост снег.
Krysten
Feb 01, 2016 Krysten rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
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Marna
Jan 12, 2015 Marna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, I know this book really had no plot at all. But I loved it anyway. It's too bad all of the really good basic elements of this book weren't used to create something slightly more structurally sound.

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
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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
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Michelle
The book As Simple As Snow was written by Gregory Galloway. While reading this book I thought to myself that even though I have never lived anywhere besides my hometown this book made me feel like I was there with the characters. The author made me feel this way because while I was reading I thought that I was the characters and I was living their life instead of living my own life.
The one character that made me love this book and not want to put it down was Anna. She was that one character fo
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Jen
Feb 12, 2016 Jen rated it liked it
AUDIOBOOK. hmmm….I'm not sure what to think of this book. I suppose it'd be that I liked it so, 3 stars. I didn't love it. Mainly because there aren't answers. But that's what the author obviously intended. This book reminded me a lot of John Green's Paper Towns and Looking For Alaska.

Here are my theories and thoughts that are spoilers.
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Edward
Aug 31, 2008 Edward rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
A "Young Adult" book that could only be called such because the characters are high school age. Yes, it explores many "coming of age" themes but not sophomorically. Very thought provoking, with memorable characters, a bit of mystery, some heavy elements, and a wee bit of humor. Later, I discovered there was a whole thing going on with people trying to figure out the story. Google the title, visit the author's website, get totally involved, or just enjoy a good read.
Adan
Mar 27, 2015 Adan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story of loss, mystery and obsession.

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.

Pros:
Keeping
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Sarah Crawford
Feb 10, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anna: girl who had moved into town, was a blonde and a Goth. Wrote obituaries for the all the people in town, even though they were still alive. Then she disappeared. There were seven students in the school who were Goths.

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
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Doreen Fritz
One of those young adult novels that tries to reel you in through the "out there" characters, but this one left me wanting so much more than it delivered. The narrator gets involved with Anna Cayne more through her efforts than his own. He was so passive, but followed along through her many games. The fact that we readers never even learn the narrator's name feels like another game - or just a writer's gimmick. Anna moves to town in August, and by the next spring she has disappeared, or maybe sh ...more
Harley Brooks
Aug 25, 2015 Harley Brooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars. I read this and want to again - more slowly. Clues are given early in the story that definitely answer some questions at the end. This would be a great book for English Lit teachers to have students read, or a book club. The discussion to follow will be interesting, and Galloway has even provided the questions at the end. I have a pretty good hunch what happened, but I'm not a plot spoiler so all I can say is this is worth the read. One of the best young adult novels told through a bo ...more
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Gregory Galloway received an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His first novel, As Simple As Snow, was a recipient of the Alex Award.
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“I know absolutely nothing about where I'm going. I'm fine with that. I'm happy about it. Before, I had nothing. I had no life, no friends, and no family really, and I didn't really care. I had nothing, and nothing to lose, and then I knew loss. What I cared about was gone; it was all lost. Now I have everything to gain; everything is a clean slate. It's all blank pages waiting to be written on. It's all about going forward. It's all about uncertainty and possibilities.” 68 likes
“It seems like it’s all just remembering and forgetting. Things happen so fast, and then they’re gone before you notice them. Events ambush you from out of nowhere, blindside you, and then you have to spend the time afterward trying to remember or forget what the hell it all was to begin with. The more you think about it, the more the events crumble, crack, breakdown, or refuse to change at all. They’re either pieces of ice in your hand, changing shape and melting away until they’re nothing like what they were to begin with, or pieces of glass. Sharp and irritating, unchanging reminders of pain and unpleasantness - or happiness.” 17 likes
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