Monday, July 18, 2011

Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon Van Booy...Review & Giveaway!

I just finished up a wonderful new read that you will definitely want to add to the top of your reading list for the summer....Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon Van Booy.  Here is the scoop...

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.

This book is stunning.  The author, Simon  Van Booy, writes unlike any other author I have ever read.  His writing is, in a word, poetic.  It is kind of hard to explain but I felt like his words were all filled with meaning (no "fluff" here!) and he created characters which I felt an instant connection to.  I really enjoyed how the story was told through different perspectives which I felt added even more depth to the story.  This is a book I will be thinking of for a long time to come.  I am also anxious to read more from Simon Van Booy and am quite smitten by his writing style.  Be sure to read this one....you will be so glad you did!  Pick up your copy today on Amazon...


I have great news! The publisher, Harper Perennial is giving one lucky RBM reader a copy of this wonderful read!  Here is how to enter...

Mandatory Entry: Visit the author's website and tell me something you learned about one of my new favorite authors!  You must complete this entry for all others to count.

For Extra Entries:
1.  Follow this blog= 1 entry
2.  Like Reviewed By Mom on Facebook =1 entry
3.  Enter one of my other giveaways & let me know you have done so = 1 entry per other giveaway entered.
4.  Follow Reviewed By Mom on Twitter = 1 entry
5.  Blog, Tweet or Facebook about this giveaway & let me know where to find it = 1 entry
6.  Follow Harper Perennial on Twitter= 1 entry
7.  Follow Simon Van Booy on Twitter =  1 entry
8.  Follow Simon Van Booy on Facebook = 1 entry

Please leave a separate comment for each entry and be sure to include your e-mail.  Contest is open to US  residents and will end on July 29th.    The lucky winner will be announced by e-mail on July 29th and will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen .  Good Luck!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and I was provided with a copy of the above book for purpose of review..  The opinions in this post are entirely my own. Your experience may differ from mine. This post has not been reviewed or edited by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this review. The sponsor of this giveaway is responsible for prize fulfillment and shipping the winner(s) their prize.

101 comments:

lewalk said...

I learned his work has been translated into thirteen languages. And also, he's quite handsome. Lol.

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Follow Harper Perennial on Twitter too.

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And follow him on Twitter.

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~Enamored Soul~ said...

I visited Simon Van Booy's website, and I think he looks so absolutely charming and handsome. That being said, his achievements at such a young age are absolutely remarkable!

Also, I watched the film "Love is like Life but Longer" - and absolutely FELL IN LOVE WITH IT! I especially loved the quote

"Love is like a bookmark, divides us with a before and a after - and and always without words. Love is like life, but starts before. And continues after. We arrive, and depart, in the middle."

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I tweeted the giveaway:

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I learned that he wrote a short film called Love is Like Life but Longer

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HomemadeBaby said...

I learned the author is from Wales but lives in NYC now, and he is on tour.
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Erica said...

I learned that Simon Van Booy won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award in 2009.

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