Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen by Howe - OPTIONAL

Howe, Katherine The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen, 379 pages.  G.P. Putnam's Sons (Penguin Imprints) 2015.  $18.99.  Language: R (126 swears, 1 "f"); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG.

Wes Auckerman dreams of making his own documentaries.  He has enrolled in a summer film program at NYU to help him further his dreams.  While helping a friend film a seance for one of their school projects, Wes has a chance encounter with a mysterious girl named Annie.  Wes is drawn to Annie in an inexplicable way, but when she disappears he fears he will never see her again.  Annie has slipped through time and has lost something precious to her.  She needs Wes' help to find it before time runs out. 

This story is told from two different perspectives. Wes, who is a film student at NYU, and Annie, a girl slipping through time from 1825.  I would like to say that I enjoyed this book, but I found it much easier to put down than it was to pick up.  The story itself is interesting but the characters are poorly developed. Annie was not a very believable character.  I felt she needed to sound more authentic in her language and interactions with the other characters. There are a lot of mild obscenities in the book that give it the higher rating for language and there are some allusions to sexual situations. 

HS-OPTIONAL. Gina, Media Specialist

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