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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Review: Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon Van Booy

Everything Beautiful Began After: A Novel (P.S.)Publisher: Harper Perennial
ISBN: 0061661481
Pages: 416 pages
Genre: Fiction
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Summary from publisher:
Rebecca is young, lost, and beautiful. A gifted artist, she seeks solace and inspiration in the Mediterranean heat of Athens—trying to understand who she is and how she can love without fear.
George has come to Athens to learn ancient languages after growing up in New England boarding schools and Ivy League colleges. He has no close relationships with anyone and spends his days hunched over books or wandering the city in a drunken stupor.
Henry is in Athens to dig. An accomplished young archaeologist, he devotedly uncovers the city’s past as a way to escape his own, which holds a secret that not even his doting parents can talk about.
...And then, with a series of chance meetings, Rebecca, George, and Henry are suddenly in flight, their lives brighter and clearer than ever, as they fall headlong into a summer that will forever define them in the decades to come.
My Review:

I am very rarely blown away by a book or an author but I was completely and utterly blown away by this book and Simon Van Booy.

The first thing that struck me about this book was how amazing the characters were. They are all so multi-faceted and deep. It’s something that I have not found too often and something that really frustrates me. They all seemed to be such lonely characters. Rebecca the shy artist, George the put together drunk and Henry the traumatized archaeologist. There was a part of me that was not so into this book when I started reading but that was quickly silenced by my need to know whwere Van Booy was going with this story and these characters. I wanted to get to know their stories and their secrets and I think that is what separates Van Booy from the just great to the epically great.

I almost never admit this but I was completely in awe of Simon Van Booy’s talents as a writer. He could turn a phrase like no one I have ever seen (writing today that is). I have never created a page in my quote book for a modern fiction writer but I found myself doing that for Simon Van Booy. He is one amazing writer and is a literary genius. Yes, I said that but it’s true. I just hope that Love Begins in Winter does not disappoint me. I don’t think it will and if it does, I will be surprised. 

*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review.   My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies   made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the  blog.


  1. "completely and utterly blown away" - wow, that's certainly a rave review! Sounds like I'm missing out if I don't give this one a shot.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour. I'm featuring your review on TLC's Facebook page today.

  2. I read Love Begins in Winter and The Secret Lives of People in Love last year... some of the most captivating and breathtaking short stories I've read in recent years. Hope you'll enjoy it!

  3. I have long been a fan of Van Booy's writing (his short stories are wonderful), and I also loved this you said, his characters are so wonderfully written. My review goes up tomorrow for this tour...and I also gave him 5 stars :)



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