I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
on August 27, 2013
Also by this author: Extraordinary Means
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Golden boy Ezra Faulkner believes everyone has a tragedy waiting for them—a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen. His particular tragedy waited until he was primed to lose it all: in one spectacular night, a reckless driver shatters Ezra’s knee, his athletic career, and his social life.
No longer a front-runner for Homecoming King, Ezra finds himself at the table of misfits, where he encounters new girl Cassidy Thorpe. Cassidy is unlike anyone Ezra’s ever met, achingly effortless, fiercely intelligent, and determined to bring Ezra along on her endless adventures.
But as Ezra dives into his new studies, new friendships, and new love, he learns that some people, like books, are easy to misread. And now he must consider: if one’s singular tragedy has already hit and everything after it has mattered quite a bit, what happens when more misfortune strikes?
Robyn Schneider’s The Beginning of Everything is a lyrical, witty, and heart-wrenching novel about how difficult it is to play the part that people expect, and how new beginnings can stem from abrupt and tragic endings.
Oh, you guys. If The Beginning of Everything isn’t at the top of your To Read pile right now change that. For some reason this was one of those books that I knew I had to have as soon as I heard about it. Thankfully, it did not disappoint. I was enthralled within the first chapter.
The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider is one of those rare books that manages to be so many things without being overdone. It’s intelligent, hilarious, and heart wrenching. It’s about friendship and falling in love, but mostly it’s about finding out who you are in this big overwhelming world.
Ezra was a great main character. I found him really easy to relate to. He’s been through what he thinks his his own personal tragedy and he’s not doing too well in the aftermath. He’s depressed, with good reason. Don’t be put off that. He’s still so witty and it doesn’t last long anyway. When he starts hanging out with Toby and his group of outcasts he starts coming out of his shell. The banter and dynamics between all the characters was so well done. They were very entertaining.
The romance aspect is sweet and I really liked Cassidy, but it really does take a back seat to Ezra’s growth. It’s also not your typical YA love story, so don’t go into it expecting a perfect happily ever after.
The Beginning of Everything has a very John Green feel to it. If you like his books I think you’d enjoy this one. Robyn Schneider’s writing is really fabulous. It’s hard to believe this is her debut. The only thing that kept me from giving this one a perfect rating was the ending. It felt very….alarming to me and then it was a little neat. If you’ve read it I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. Don’t let that hold you back though. It’s definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year. Read it, read it, read it!