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As Simple as Snow

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  2,564 Ratings  ·  398 Reviews
"Anna Cayne had moved here in August, just before our sophomore year in high school, but by February she had, one by one, killed everyone in town." Anna—who prefers to be called Anastasia—is a slightly spooky and complicated high school girl with a penchant for riddles, Houdini tricks, and ghost stories. She spends much of her time writing obituaries for every living perso ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 7th 2006 by Berkley (first published March 1st 2005)
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Mar 06, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Jen Himes
Aug 27, 2014 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
Oct 31, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 21, 2008 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
Jun 13, 2012 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
Oct 07, 2012 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
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Isn't that a great cover? It really is. The premise of the book is intriguing too. But the main emotion listening to this evoked is frustration. Mind you, it is intriguing at first, but as time goes by and no resolutions appear to materialize, it becomes downright infuriating...and then it ends. WTF. Midway through listening to it, I actually had to double check the listing for this book, it seems to be referred to consistently as adult and yet it comes across as YA, which really isn't my prefer ...more
Oct 21, 2008 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
Dec 27, 2012 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
Sep 23, 2010 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
Jun 14, 2013 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
Mar 31, 2015 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
Aug 27, 2008 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
Will Walton
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: must-reads
It will hit you smack in the gut and leave you breathless. There, I said it. I feel that strongly about it.
Jul 30, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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David Olsen
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book. I just find a general frustration in works that don't resolve the central mystery.
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
Sarah B.
Mar 18, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Cyrus Donovan
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May 17, 2012 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
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Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
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Apr 21, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Ретроспектива, пассивный герой, рой загадочных и не очень баб вокруг него, треклист паршивого музла, исчезающие друзья, пирамида невыстреливших ружей, сакральность™ и рефлексия - так и есть, «Норвежский лес» с американским колоритом.
Abby Moore
Gah! The ending.... This book is very similar to Paper Towns by John Green. I liked it, but like I said, Gah! the ending.
Everardo garza
Dec 18, 2011 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
A quote that i found and loved is "but if love is true and still leaves you lonely. what good does it do?"(gallooway,3) 3
Aug 15, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
bland, whiny, trite... there were three or four moments in this book where i became interested, but they passed within a paragraph. what were you thinking, Alex Awards?
Jul 27, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
i have fond memories of reading this book on the beach in valencia, spain. unfortunately, the beach was waaaay better than the book. frustrating and silly.
Runed Platypus
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Книга, сотканная из шифров, загадок, аллюзий, реминисценций, интертекстуальности. Узнай сам, насколько прост снег.
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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.” 74 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.” 18 likes
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