Book Review: Three Leaves by Steven LaVey

Three Leaves


Three Leaves chronicles Steven LaVey’s struggles as a young man as he comes to terms with his life after fledging home from an overbearing and dominant mother. Split into three parts, each leaf of the book concerns the budding and falling of the author’s tragic romances. Throughout his search for his identity as an adult, he experiences the madness of love and an inability to control his violent emotions. This poignant memoir is the true account of a broken man nearly destroyed by his pent up rage and inability to trust anyone including himself. Three Leaves is the disturbing tale of a fight to the other side of madness and self-destruction. It reveals the man behind the trauma, the pain behind the rage, the heart behind the hatred.


The human mind can be a breeding ground for greatness or destructiveness. This true story tells us how a young man struggles with his emotions and pain due to several failures in love after leaving home. I love how the book is split into three parts, highlighting the author’s rise and fall of romances. These parts show how this man progresses from one chapter to another chapter of his life and how he mature and handles love, emotions, anger differently as he faces each failure.

I believe anyone who has gone through failures in life would be able to relate to Steven to an extent, and that is what makes this book an interesting read.

4 stars for this book

About the author:

Steven LaVey gains sustenance entirely from bits of string and came forth into existence in a vacuum down the back of a settee in 1982. His main interests are solving crimes in his kegs and searching for Japanese prisoners of war in car parks around England. He lives and works in a small puddle.

From his Novocastrian lair he has contributed subversive articles, misanthropic short-fiction and vulgar poetry towards several print and digital magazines. He lists his interests as sex, the occult, eastern and western philosophy, the attainment of the perfection of the male human-animal form through physical trials, paleolithic cookery, the art of ancient brewing and the uses of mead in ritual, the writing and wisdom of Henry Miller, and the word-magic of William S. Burroughs. Steven LaVey describes his writing as an ongoing exercise in the attempt to understand the human-animal condition through empirical evaluation.

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