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As Simple as Snow (original 2005; edition 2006)

by Gregory Galloway

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Title:As Simple as Snow
Authors:Gregory Galloway
Info:Berkley Trade (2006), Paperback, 308 pages
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As Simple As Snow by Gregory Galloway (2005)

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Go get this book right now and read it, then report back. I'll be very interested to hear what you have to say. This is not your average young adult novel. Certainly the main characters are teenagers, and there is some angst, but it's not overdone. In fact, it's rather tasteful and sort of tangential to the plot, so you can look past it if that sort of thing bothers you. Pay attention when you read this book. I did, but I still didn't exactly know what happened when I got to the end. There are hints and clues and codes swirling together in a maddeningly teasing way all pushing you forward through the story, hungry for revelations and enlightenment, which may or may not come. You may find yourself frustrated at the end. You may not. I'm still a bit confused myself.

On the surface: Small town. New family arrives. Strange girl in said family exhibits odd behavior, such as writing detailed obituaries of everyone in town. Plain boy drawn to girl. Relationship is intense and full of mystery. Girl disappears. Disturbing events follow. Boy thinks girl is trying to contact him from some unknown location. Uncertain time passes. Resolution?

Below the surface: Alphanumeric codes. Houdini. Mail art. Mediums and psychic connections. Trickery. Small town intrigue. Family secrets. Misconceptions. Illusion. Deception. Allusions and predictions. Friendship and love. Time and how it manifests itself. ( )
  S.D. | Apr 5, 2014 |
alex award scott brick 18 earphone, 2003 audie golden voice 2004 awards
i got this because i like scott brick. this was a good "listen". unfortunately the author has another book which is not on cd. ( )
  mahallett | Jan 20, 2014 |
Wonderful book. Thoughtful writing and creative characters. I would love to give this book 5 stars, but not knowiing the name of the main chaaracter (______ G_____) takes away from the plot.
I was also very disapointed that the book didn't have a solution to the reason Anna left. It ends with G______ leaving his hometown, but he never finds out what happened to Anna or Carl. ( )
  IssacDiamond | May 21, 2013 |
As Simple As Snow is the story of the narrator (who always remains nameless) and Anastasia Cayne. Anna is one of the "goth" kids - different in many ways. She writes obituaries for all of the people in the town, listens to the shortwave radio, and creates puzzles for people. She is also the narrator's girlfriend, despite his being average and unnoticeable in every way. About halfway through the book, she goes missing and the narrator tries to find out whether she ran away or if she committed suicide. This book was extremely engaging with a lot of interesting subtext. It's aimed at young adults but there are allusions that most teens would not understand. Most interesting is the question of what actually happened to Anna.
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  elleceetee | Apr 1, 2013 |
Left me with too many unanswered questions-about almost every major character-to be truely satisfying. ( )
  kimpiddington | Dec 8, 2012 |
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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.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399152318, Hardcover)

A mesmerizing labyrinth of art, magic, cryptic codes, and young love that sparks the imagination and teases the mind-an arresting first novel about a young man's quest to unravel the puzzle his missing girlfriend may (or may not) have left behind.

Anastasia (Anna) Cayne is a complicated high school girl with a penchant for riddles and affectionate mind games, who spends much of her time writing obituaries for every living person in town. She is unlike anyone the narrator has ever known, and her energy and enthusiasm explode his quiet universe, revealing a world of Houdini tricks, strange art, covert messages, and ghost stories-although her past remains an even bigger enigma. Even so, he couldn't be happier.

But a week before Valentine's Day, Anna disappears, leaving behind nothing except a dress placed neatly near a hole in the frozen river, and a string of unanswered questions.

Determined to find Anna-to comprehend what happened, and why-he begins to retrace their past five months together. Soon the fragments of events, conversations, and letters (and new messages that continue to arrive) coalesce into haunting and surprising revelations about friends, about family, and especially, about Anna Cayne. And perhaps these revelations will solve the puzzle of Anna's disappearance, whether it was her own invention, or is simply another of life's great mysteries.

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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.

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