The Beginning of Everything

beginningThe Beginning of Everything. Robyn Schneider. Young Adult/Contemporary. August 27, 2013. 335 pages. 4 Stars. [SOURCE: Bought]

“And I realized that there’s a big difference between deciding to leave and knowing where to go.”

Book Sacrifice Tag Update: I am throwing myself in front of this book before Nikki makes any attempt to light it on fire.

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?

The best way for me to describe this book is to say that it’s a coming-of-age, self-discovery novel with some romance. I think that that’s the way you should look at the book prior to (and while) reading.

The Beginning of Everything is a standalone contemporary novel written in Ezra’s point of view, and I didn’t have a problem with the writing at all. It was very easy to read and very humorous.

This book is about Ezra’s growth as he goes through his last year of high school without his ultra-popular group of friends. It’s about Ezra finding himself. It’s his story, and let me tell you, it is fantastic. We get to see Ezra defy the status quo and make some new friends. We get to see the wit and charm he has but is afraid to show to his popular “friends.” We get to see Ezra find himself. It’s a wonderful journey. And then…

Ezra meets Cassidy, and can I just say:

trouble

She is Alaska Young. That is all.

This book is very comparable to Looking For Alaska, and if you’ve read our Book Sacrifice Tag, you know that I’m not the biggest fan of that book. However, I enjoyed The Beginning of Everything immensely, and I hope you all do too.

If you’re hesitant to read this book, I think you should give it a try. Just keep in mind that you shouldn’t look at this book as a romance novel. It. Is. Not. That!!! If you have read this book, tell me what you thought of it in the comments!

I rate this book

A really good read.
A really good read.
P.S. I met Robyn Schneider and she is so kind.

P.S.S. This book heightened my appreciation for dogs.

“I do know that I spent a long time existing, and now, I intend to live.”

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