The Beginning of Everything
Author: Robyn Schneider
Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Rating: 5 out of 5
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. – GoodRead
I don’t even know where to start with The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider. This book left me in awe, and it’s one of those books where, after you finish reading it, you kind of collapse on your bed and just sit there to think for a little bit. I know I did. It starts off great, and ends on an even more uplifting note. There are too many amazing things to say about The Beginning of Everything.
For example, the first thing that catches the reader’s attention is Schneider’s writing style. It’s smart, expressive, and hilarious. It works really well with this novel in particular, and it reminds me of John Green’s witty writing style (which I love!). Secondly, this book is told from a male’s perspective, and I must give Robyn a round of applause for doing such a great job. Schneider does this so particularly well in fact, I forgot that this book is written by a female author.
The characters are the real gem in this story, especially the change they all go through. My favorite development is with the main character Ezra. Previously a star tennis player and part of the popular crowd, he feels like he no longer belongs after a tragic accident he experiences. However, he reunites with old friends and meets new ones, and he unknowingly searches to find himself. I found this to be an inspirational adventure. Along the way, he meets Cassidy, an enigmatic girl who speaks by poetry and riddles. I personally didn’t like how their romance ended, but it’s one of those cases where it HAD to happen and it makes sense the way it did. As the characters in The Beginning of Everything learn and grow in the story, the reader isn’t able to help but go along for the ride and feel the character’s sentiments just as if they were their own.
Lastly, the overall message and feeling for this book plays a huge factor in my enjoyment for this novel. I’m not going to say what the specific moral of the story is, but the general affect is a positive one, pleasing and optimistic. The ending is a bit open-ended in a way, however it’s just enough that you know Ezra will go the right path in his life. The conclusion is inexplicably and undoubtedly tender, inspirational, and satisfying.
*takes deep breath* The Beginning of Everything is an insightful novel that John Green fans won’t want to miss. With an intelligent writing style, real to-the-bone characters, and an outstanding overall conclusion, I highly recommend this beautiful story.
AND AND AND, Cassidy specifically recites this line to Ezra that I’m just in love with: