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The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  1,533 ratings  ·  300 reviews
It’s summertime in New York City, and aspiring filmmaker Wes Auckerman has just arrived to start his summer term at NYU. While shooting a séance at a psychic’s in the East Village, he meets a mysterious, intoxicatingly beautiful girl named Annie.

As they start spending time together, Wes finds himself falling for her, drawn to her rose-petal lips and her entrancing glow. Th
Hardcover, 379 pages
Published September 15th 2015 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Katherine Howe
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Definitely the best ghost novel I have ever written.

Also the only ghost novel I've ever written.

So there's that.
Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)


From the moment I picked up The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen I knew I was going to have a difficult time putting it down. Howe's writing alone was wonderful as she wove a story of heartbreak, love, and tragedy in a haunting ghost story.

Wes is starting his summer term at NYU and when he finds himself roped in to help a fellow friend film a séance, he meets a mysterious girl that he later learns is named Annie. But Annie is not like anyone he has ever met before, there is something differen

3 stars ("I liked the book").

This is a ghost story that never uses the word "ghost." It's also a love song to New York--both its past, its present, and its image through various movies. It was a real page-turner for me, and I read it quickly.

Wes and his friends were painted clearly, I thought, and felt authentic. Even if I didn't necessarily like Wes (too much of a "good guy"; he even calls his ex a bitch), he felt like a real, breathing person. I mention this because I think this is an improvem
I wanted to love that book, I really did. Ghost story, mystery, romance. All the things that I normally find interesting. And I read a couple of other books by Katherine Howe and I really enjoyed them. But somehow The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen just didn't quite hit the spot for me. Don't get me wrong, it is well written, it's got interesting characters but the actual story just doesn't deliver. It becomes obvious fairly quickly who Annie is and what had happened and from that point on the ...more
May 25, 2016 rated it liked it
2.75 Stars
This will be the last book written by Katherine Howe that I will read. Her previous books, Conversion and The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane both had excellent premises but the stories failed to deliver. The same can be said of The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen. Just by reading the inside flaps one would think this would be an enthralling and engaging story. One would be wrong.
The writing had a staccato beat to it that made for a choppy reading experience. The words never felt li
Update 10/20: what a fantastic book! Smart idea, wonderful setting. Can't wait to write a full review!


I must have this. NOW .

MaryannC.Book Fiend
Had to pick this one despite the fact that I have a ton of other books to finish up, the premise of this just had me intrigued. For me the beginning of the book was a bit slow concentrating on the character of Wes and his summer school project that ends up leading him to a beautiful girl named Annie Van Sinderen. Just as she seemed to appear from nowhere she also seems to disappear to nowhere. A girl full of mystery and oddness that Wes needs to find out about, the more he tries to learn the odd ...more
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Click here to read full review: fANGIRLconfessions - The Appearance Of Annie Van Sinderen Review

I received a review copy courtesy of the author/publisher. This does not affect my opinion or views regarding the book whatsoever.

You know what pains me the most about doing non-spoiler reviews? The fact that I can't fully describe how I felt about a story.

Here's my problem. The Appearance Of Annie Van Sinderen was such a spectacular read, that I want to yell to the skies above about every moment, ev
Addi • Pages Within Me
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm always up for a good ghost story, and this one was certainly good.

Told from two different points of view, one being from Wes, a college student in New York for a summer school film course, and the other being from Annie, the ghost who suddenly appears and turns Wes' world upside down.

I enjoyed the mystery of the book overall, and felt like it was paced nicely. The big pieces of the puzzle that made up Annie's death were revealed in a timely manner, and the best part was that I wasn't able to
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I am in love with this book. It might have to do with my passion for film. It might have to do with the fact that I wrote to NYU back in the day and asked what I needed to study film there. It might also have something to do with the fact that Wes' Most reminded me of a documentary that I filmed on my last year of my BA. It might have been for one of those reasons, or all, or none in particular, but I fell in love with this book. There's magic in it, a soul, and the words convey it in such a bea ...more
adam (booksss.0k)
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks, meh
I really wanted to like this book, I like some aspects of it: the idea that this is a ghost story without using the word: ghost, the multiple timeline, and the portal of New York City. I was really expecting something creepy to get me geared up for fall, but I was kind of bored. This is definitely a historical fiction novel with a few comedic elements and it is very much geared towards teenage readers. I am a teenage reader, but still... I hate historical fiction and I thought this could have
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Wes, an aspiring filmmaker, is spending his summer at NYU studying film. While on assignment with his roommate, he comes across a strange girl when filming. He can't stop thinking about her. When he tracks her down after the fact, he comes to find that her name is Annie and she lives in the city as well, but she's not your usual city girl. In fact, she is really different. Her hair is different, her clothes are different, her slang is different, you get the idea. As Wes spends more time with her ...more
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read and loved Katherine Howe's book, Conversion, and I liked this one just as much! This one wasn't quite as creepy, but there were moments I definitely had goosebumps! The mystery in this one was really fun, too.
Krista (I remember you, Min) (Critical)
It was just very anticlimactic. I was very interested at first, but then it started to grow boring. It never really went anywhere and didn't seem to have much of a point. Wes' behavior made no sense, and Annie's behavior made no sense, and I'm not going to get into the implied reasoning behind their "love" for each other, which I guess was meant to make the two of them likable...which it didn't. Wes is a bit boring for me, and I liked Annie at first, but then I just didn't know what the heck she ...more
Liv (Stories For Coffee)
Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-requested
I expected this story to be full of horror scenes from the cryptic summary the book had, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that this story wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be. I found the story’s mystery to be incredibly interesting and it wasn’t confusing at all like other mystery novels are. It was well paced and unfolded in a way that wasn’t predictable to me. I especially loved the dual POVs that showed the reader all angles of Wes and Annie’s story that eventually wove together to ...more
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
I have to say, starting out, this book wasn't flipping any of my switches. But suddenly--BAMM! It subtly changed, and I fell in love. I found the premise that ghosts can come back for a limited time to fix their mistakes to be very heartwarming. I loved the growing triangle between Annie, Wes & Maddie. Their interactions were very real and so were their characters. in essence, while the story line starts off being about Annie figuring out what is happening to her and why, it also is about th ...more
Ricki Treleaven
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Happy Literary Friday! I read the best YA book this week: The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen by Katherine Howe. But before I go any further, I must disclose that Howe is one of my favorite writers, and The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane is one of my all-time favorite books. You can read my review of The House of Velvet and Glass here on Goodreads or on my blog.

I don't know how Katherine Howe managed to combine these genres: historical fiction, romance, paranormal, and contemporary urban fant
Bree Hill
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read by Katherine Howe. As a history lover I have really wanted to venture into historical fiction and constantly see her name when looking up authors to check out.

After reading this book I have already purchased another by her physically and have one on standby on my Kindle, The Penguin Book of Witches.

I really enjoyed the cast of characters in this story and their diversity. I mean you can't help but appreciate the diversity in this story and how at the end they a
Sara Strand
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I don't know that I've had a contemporary romance in awhile but that's exactly what this is. Also, I am a Katherine Howe virgin and I am so glad this is the book that popped the cherry because it is stunning!

The book centers around Wes, young and girl dumb, aspiring filmmaker and new to big city life. At the beginning of the story he finds himself helping a friend with the sound for his film in a seance where he spies a variety of characters but there's a girl who stands out. He tries so hard to
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wes Auckerman is 19-years-old and attends NYU's summer film program. Originally from Madison, Wisconisin, Wes can't wait to pursue his passion for film making. At a filming of a séance in the Bowery, Wes and his film buddy, Tyler, see a girl with a satin bow blocking the frame. Wes is intrigued about the girl who tries to communicate with him until she vanished. He is drawn in by her beauty. He wants to find out more about her but Tyler needs to find this girl, Annie, in order for her to sign a ...more
Rhia (rhiareads...)
I love this take on the traditional "ghost story".

I didn't expect it to be a ghost story at all from reading the synopsis - I was expecting a dark contemporary novel - and even as I was reading it, I was thinking, time travel?, certainly not ghosts. Altogether a lovely story.
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This was a fantastically haunting read, something I've always loved, yet this one just somehow intrigued me the most. Told from two different points of view, Wes, a film student in New York for the summer, as well as Annie, the ghost who appears and completely changes Wes's life.

I really enjoyed the overall mystery and suspense the book held, yet it was a bit slow at the beginning, and took me awhile to actually get into it, yet when the two characters met, I couldn't put the book down. The res
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've always been a sucker for time-travel books, like Dumaurier's The House on the Strand, and this is a good variation on that theme. It was particularly interesting that the "g-word" never gets mentioned (watching Wes trying to avoid saying it was great), and even better, the era Annie inhabits was one about which I knew something but not a lot, so some research was necessary. And ok, any book that contains a scene at NYU's Bobst Library gets my vote.

ARC provided by publisher.
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
UGH!!! I wish this book could have just kept going! In the same vein as Conversion, Howe mixes history and the paranormal to create an interconnected story full of gorgeous characters. In Appearance, the summer of a 19 year old film student in New York City becomes intertwined with that of a 16 year old ghost summoned back to earth to solve the mystery surrounding her death back in 1825. Past and present collide!! So good!!
May 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen by Katherine Howe is high on promise, but stumbles when it comes to delivery. I grant that this is a ghost story and my criteria for the genre is very high. For tension and general creepiness I leaned toward the The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson and for terror and horror there is no equal to Ghost Story by Peter Straub. So with these two as my guide, the pace and telling of The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen comes about as a strong premise with ...more
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: ghost stories
Shelves: 3-stars, own
A NYU summer college film student comes across a couple of ladies at a séance. One a punk squatter or so it seems and the other a hauntingly classic beauty that calls herself a Rip Van Winkle. The friends try to help the lady find an object and memory of what happened. Which proves to be an interesting and confusing summer. Are memories subject to change?
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I got this book as a "blind date with a book" at a bookstore. I am so glad I got it. I only set it down 3 times once I started reading it. It's a live story and a ghost story but don't call her a ghost. I found myself torn between the love interests. I liked them both so much. Actually I loved all the characters in this book. I'd love it if there was a sequel to it someday. I'm off to find more books by this author.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
A clever story about a teenage filmaker, who is taking summer classes at NYU, turns into a mysterious tale about a curiously odd girl. Wes has a sudden encounter with this beautiful girl who then vanishes without an explanation. Annie reappears to him in several more strange encounters until finally asking Wes for help to find her cameo ring. The story cycles between Wes' current time and Annie's past, leading up to surprising revelations and a little YA romance. I couldn't wait to finish it to ...more
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
No synopsis on this one since I don't want to give anything away. The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen was a very original and different take on the usual ghost story; a well-done mixture of fantasy and historical fiction. My only petty criticism is that occasionally Annie spouted 21st century phrases - I doubt that "okay" was a word used in 1810 New York. The pacing slows at times but the eerie storyline kept my attention.
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I saw this book and loved the cover, so I opened it to a random page and read a paragraph. Mushy lovey-dovey stuff about how incredibly beautiful and ethereally attractive this hipster-y girl is...
I was prepared to set it down at this point, except there was something compelling about the rest of the story I picked up in those sentences, something that kept following me around until I finally broke down and actually read the book.
This book isn't creepy. I really don't get the impression that it
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Katherine Howe is a New York Times bestselling and award-winning writer of historical fiction. Her adult novels are The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, which debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list in 2009 and was named one of USA Today’s top tend books of the year, and The House of Velvet and Glass, which was a USA Today bestseller in 2011. For young adults, Katherine has written Co ...more
“Every memory we have changes slightly each time we think about it. We add stuff we learn in other places, or we forget stuff that doesn't seem important anymore. Or you think you remember something, like from your childhood, but actually you've just seen so many pictures of it, and your parents have told you about it, so you think you remember it, but you don't. A memory is a process. Instead of a thing. Like a story we tell ourselves that changes from the standpoint we're looking at it.” 3 likes
“Okay, he says. They both say it, all the time. I've finally started to figure out what it means. It means "yes" and "all right". It also means less than all right, and a begrudging no. It means everything, and nothing, all at once.” 2 likes
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