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The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  1,865 ratings  ·  347 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 someth

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
MaryannC. Book Freak
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
Update 10/20: what a fantastic book! Smart idea, wonderful setting. Can't wait to write a full review!


I must have this. NOW .

Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
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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
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
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. ...more
Krista (Miura Haruma-san, I will always miss you)
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
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
Olivia (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 the ag ...more
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This is rather unusual take on a ghost story, so I wasn't sure how to rate this. Over all I enjoyed this though. Also I love this cover.
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
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!!
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.
Stephanie Laurenza
Nov 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
Ugh. I do not understand the hype. I liked the history, I thought the blending of worlds was done in an interesting manner...but the positives end there. Wes is written as more of a 14 year old boy than a college student and the whole Annie/Maddie thing makes zero sense to me. Super disappointed.
Feb 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
I feel like all the good reviews came from people who were paid to give good reviews, I'm sorry if it sounds heartless. The writing just seemed disjointed, the characters annoyed me and it was weird how it slipped around to different POV's. It just didn't work. ...more
Chris Benston
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-favorites
I really enjoyed this book and I can't wait to read more from this author. I especially enjoyed the ghost story and the way story was told through varying viewpoints . ...more
Dustin the wind Crazy little brown owl
With the exception of Conversion, I have found each Katherine Howe novel extremely enjoyable and intriguing. I'm happy to find authors who are willing to venture beyond the conventional. Maybe someday I'll pick up a copy of The Penguin Book of Witches.

Some Favorite Passages:

"I've been having trouble with time lately. With knowing where I am."

"It's possible to see the truth, " I say. "You just can't look at it too closely."

"Every memory we have changes slightly each time we think
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. ...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?
Shelby Ragan
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Honestly, the author’s note is what took me from 3.5 to 4.
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Katherine Howe is a New York Times bestselling and award-winning writer of historical fiction. Her best known books 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 Conversion, which received the 2015 Massachusetts Book Award in young adult literature. In 2014 she edited The ...more

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