26 October 2011
As Simple As Snow
In As Simple As Snow the narrator falls in love with a crazy goth girl named Anna (but, please, call her Anastasia) who changes his life and then disappears. All that's left is a hole in the ice and her dress perfectly arranged next to it (but no shoes or coat or body!). Did she kill herself? Run away? Was she murdered?
I can definitely see why John Green likes this book. Looking For Alaska has the narrator asking some of the same questions after a tragedy, while Paper Towns has... the same questions without a tragedy (I love them both, though). Like John Green's books the prose was beautiful and filled with unique characters and interesting observations.
Very few questions are answered and there is very little resolution, but the end still feels satisfying because the character grows up. He learns how to act instead of just go with the flow. There are a number of storylines that I wish were better developed (especially the one involving Bryce Druitt), but I enjoyed reading it and will probably buy a copy of it the next time I see it on sale.
And the book has given me another quote that I would like to have tattooed on my body (once I start getting tattoos that is):
No one knows me, so no one knows what to expect. I can have whatever past I want; I can forget how I used to be... Before, I had nothing.... 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 clean slate. It's all blank pages waiting to be written on.