The Secret Lives of People in Love by Simon Van Booy: Review

Ah, Simon Van Booy. He can really rip your heart out with his words. Sort of like this…


The Secret Lives of People in Love is a collection of short stories about the inner thoughts of people who have loved. And some of them are down right sad. I had a case of the sads after reading some of these- but in a good way! The characters are in love or have lost love or are witnessing someone else struggle with love.

I love Simon Van Booy’s writing. It is so simplistic but so full of meaning. Sometimes he’ll plunk a sentence down in the middle of a paragraph and I’d think, what the heck was that for, only to realize later, yeah, I see what you did there. Beautiful and poetic. That sums it up.

Two of my favorites came near the end of the book: Save As Many As You Ruin and The Still But Falling World. I loved the uplifting ending to the first one, while the other is about kindness. Two of the best, I think.

I don’t have much to add other than I hope he hurries up and writes more.


  1. I really want to try his writing and short stories sound good right about now!

  2. Simon Van Booy's books are a bit hard to come by here. I did really like the novel he wrote so I am hoping to get a chance to try the short stories in due course.

    1. Yeah, not so easy to get here either. I ordered this one from Book Depository.

  3. I kind of like my heart where it is...

  4. Amen. Amen love it awesome.

    That is all.

  5. New book coming out in June: The Illusion of Separateness. SIMON FEVER!!!! Glad you enjoyed this one, btw. You know what I think of Simon Van Booy. He is an exceptional writer *and* human.


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