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Simmone Howell
I grew up in Melbourne's outer eastern suburbs feeling far away from anything interesting. At eight I raced BMX; at thirteen I was into hair dye and pop music; at fifteen I decided that (like Sheila E) I wanted to lead the glamorous life, but school was a reality I couldn't ignore ' after school... show more

I grew up in Melbourne's outer eastern suburbs feeling far away from anything interesting. At eight I raced BMX; at thirteen I was into hair dye and pop music; at fifteen I decided that (like Sheila E) I wanted to lead the glamorous life, but school was a reality I couldn't ignore ' after school I boarded the carousel of casual employment - pubs, cafes and record shops. I read all the time ' I loved the beats, pulp fiction and cult writers ' I had lots of literary crushes ' I finally went to University where I set up a small press called Vandal Press ' and began writing seriously. Then I went overseas, leaving a trail of short stories ' In 2002, one of my stories was made into the short film Pity 24. I won the Australian Writers Guild award for the script and travelled with the film to the Los Angeles Shortsfest where I saw the blind guy from Becker, walked on Kim Basinger's red carpet and went to a pool party atop Schwabs Drugstore (and learned that no one swims at LA pool parties, NO ONE...)Finally I got a proper job working on hit TV show The Secret Life of Us where part of my job was writing the guff - the seven seconds of something that no-one actually hears. And when that job folded, I took all this stuff about movies and false starts and appreciating the background bits and turned them into a novel.
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isamlq
isamlq rated it 8 years ago
'It's a story of a wild girl and a ghost girl; a boy who knew nothing and a boy who thought he knew everything. And it's about life and death and grief and romance. All the good stuff.'this book!thank you, edelweiss!
mags
mags rated it 8 years ago
What expectations I had for this weren't high enough. Loved.
Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings
Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings rated it 8 years ago
Everything Beautiful is the type of solid novel that has no apparent flaws - its pacing is perfect, the humor spot-on, the character growth remarkable, the romance swoon-worthy - and yet it is somehow underwhelming. I blame the hype. Quite thankfully, when you take away the immense build-up towards ...
wordchasing
wordchasing rated it 9 years ago
This review also appears on wordchasing“This is the story of a wild girl and a ghost girl; a boy who knew nothing and a boy who thought he knew everything. And it’s about life and death and grief and romance. All the good stuff.”..and Girl Defective does have these things. But for me, it isn't about...
Blame It On the Books
Blame It On the Books rated it 9 years ago
Had me at violent fangirls
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