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As Simple as Snow


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ISBN13: 9780425207802
ISBN10: 0425207803
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rockinericka177, April 3, 2011 (view all comments by rockinericka177)
this is my favorite book in the whole world i love his boom i would love to meet u and write a book with u cause this book is amazing
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Tara McDaniel, January 25, 2010 (view all comments by Tara McDaniel)
This book was really just fantastic. You never learn the narrator's name (although there is a clue in there, did anyone figure it out?) and the whole book is a mystery...but a beautiful one! It's like there's a physical mystery driving the plot of the book, but the real mystery is spiritual, or somewhere in the narrator's heart. I was equal parts entertained and breathless. A little heart-wrenching, but lovely, I think.
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katknit, March 2, 2009 (view all comments by katknit)
As Simple as Snow is touted as anything but simple, full of mystery and subtle sorcery. For most readers over a certain age, however, (let's place it high at 35), it's nothing more than a slight twist on the typical, angst filled coming of age story. Ordinary, self-consciously unimaginative boy meets intellectual, ostentatiously quirky girl. She lures him with enigmatic word and number games, he falls into sophomore- year love with her, then she up and disappears. The town is frantic, thinking she's been murdered, but the enigmatic games continue in the form of cryptic messages, while taxpayers' money goes down the drain. Not surprising in the world of adolescents, the boy's only other friend also disappears. While this plot, for a while, generates interest as to their fates, what passes for resolution is, annoyingly, merely more questioning and angst. At the end of the interlude, a period of about six months, the boy has matured into a whole new identity because of what this girl taught him, and by implication, will grow into literary and personal greatness. The unnamed sophomore is a nicer kid than Holden Caulfield, but the drama's the same. Recommended for the "young adult" genre.
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ArtChick22, November 25, 2008 (view all comments by ArtChick22)
Though it took but one day to read, it had me engrossed from page one. Though people thought of anna as weird and detached she left you with a sense that there was something more, something bigger. The author wrote the book is such a way that you wanted to read more and know more. Though he never gave a name for the narratoe you feel as if you know him anyways. In a sense you know ALL of the characters because they can be found where ever you are. I could sit and write for hourse and hours on this book but I will simply say this one thing, As Simple As Snow is one of my faveorite books as of 11/24/2008 and will continue to be.
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Galloway, Gregory
Berkley Publishing Group
Mystery & Detective - General
Teenage boys
Missing persons
General Fiction
Psychological fiction
Literature-A to Z
Mystery-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
March 7, 2006
Grade Level:
from 12
8.03x5.16x.86 in. .59 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 320 pages Berkley Publishing Group - English 9780425207802 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "It turns out that snow is 'actually very complicated,' and so is Galloway's quirky, engrossing debut. In a small town near a river not far from a city, the narrator, an unnamed high school sophomore, encounters new Goth arrival, Anna Cayne. Holden Caulfield meets the Blair Witch, perhaps — but our narrator is more sympathetic and Anna more fascinating than their counterparts. The narrator is unsure why anyone would pursue him ('I'm bland. I'm milk. Worse, I'm water'), but pursue him Anna does, charming him with intriguing postcards, reading recommendations and long walks by the river. He's soon completely, hopelessly in love. But halfway through the story Anna disappears, leaving the narrator and the reader feeling lost and betrayed. The book becomes a search for Anna, complete with ciphers, codes, sightings and buried maps. Does affable art teacher Mr. Devon have something to do with her disappearance? Who was really driving the night fellow student Bryce Druitt slammed his car into the side of the bridge? Galloway makes plain from the beginning that everything in the book might be a clue, and that it's up to the narrator and the reader to solve the mystery for themselves. This can be great fun or lead to great frustration, depending on one's tastes, but there's no doubt that this rich, complex puzzle is the work of a talented author." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "This strange tale manages to creep under your skin, and to stay there for some time."
"Review" by , "[C]lever....Though some readers may be frustrated when most questions remain unanswered, others will find their inner Nancy Drew or Hardy Boy stimulated by the abundant ambiguities, coincidences, and clues scattered throughout. An intriguing debut."
"Review" by , "Engagingly written debut....Like the puzzles and codes Anna sends, the questions either go unresolved, or if answered, lead nowhere. A pointless exercise that might work for the 'I challenge you with my shocking style' YA crowd."
"Review" by , "A story about young love suffused with mystery and absorbing read."
"Review" by , "Galloway draws you into another world, and you'll be wholly involved from the opening line, with its blunt force."
"Synopsis" by , A mesmerizing labyrinth of art, magic, and cryptic love sparks the imagination in this arresting first novel about a young man's quest to unravel the puzzle his missing girlfriend may (or may not) have left behind.
"Synopsis" by ,
"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 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 hole in the frozen river, and a string of unanswered questions. Desperate to find her, or at least to comprehend what happened and why, the narrator begins to reconstruct the past five months. And soon the fragments of curious events, intimate conversations, secrets, and peculiar letters (and the anonymous messages that continue to arrive) coalesce into haunting and surprising revelations that may implicate friends, relatives, and even Anna herself.

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