Robyn Schneider | The Beginning of Everything

by - January 09, 2015


By: Robyn Schneider 

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.Together, Ezra and Cassidy discover flash mobs, buried treasure, secret movie screenings, and a poodle that might just be the reincarnation of Jay Gatsby. 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?

First Lines: 

Sometimes I think that everyone has a tragedy waiting for them, that the people buying milk in their pajamas or picking their noses at stoplights could be only moments away from disaster. That everyone's life, no matter how unremarkable, has a moment when it will become extraordinary - a single encounter after which everything that really matter will happen.

Thoughts About It:

It is a thoughtful, and gorgeously written read. And in as much I liked it, and read through the book in less than a few hours, I did find some fault in it. One is the realistic but overused labeling in the kids at the school. Another is that Cassidy, the love interest for Ezra frustrated me. She did so little to help with the romance, but in the end she leaves you loving, and hating her at the same time. If you loved reading the Perks of Being a Wallflower, you might like this one because it sports the same lines. The plot twist though killed it for me, and because I kinda saw what was coming. But that is just me. While I liked the ending, and that it made me appreciate the characters, and though the plot twist is something that you see it multiple times, the ending I did not see it coming. How the conflict was resolved for the characters was something I hoped for but left me undecided whether to be happy, or not for the fate of the characters. Overall, the books was an enjoyable read, but a few things kept me from loving it. Even still, I can not help but recommend it to readers of contemporary teen fiction.

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