Review: Everything Beautiful Began After
Publisher: Harper Perennial
From the cover:
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.
Simon Van Booy. His name alone should make you want to read this book. I don’t think I’ve ever crossed another writer with his writing style and skills. Everything Beautiful Began After absolutely blew me away and it’s one of those books that I’m going to cherish forever.
It’s tough trying to review this book because I don’t even know where to begin describing how wonderful and poetic the writing in this book is. Everything was so well developed and amazing and the story was spot on and touching in the way it described family, friends, relationship, and love. I’m going to make this a short review and just tell you that you have to read this book.
I highly recommend picking up Everything Beautiful Began After or any book by Simon Van Booy for that matter. I promise you won’t regret it. I already have his novel of short stories, Love Begins in Winter, sitting in my TBR pile and I can’t wait to read it. I purchased it a while back, but I’m not a huge fan of short stories so I never felt compelled to open it up, but after reading Everything Beautiful Began After I excited to dive into another one of his works.