Tuesday, August 27

The Beginning Of Everything by Robyn Schneider

The Beginning Of Everything by Robyn Schneider
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 330

Summary: 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.

My Thoughts: I have heard really great things about this one! And I really enjoyed it alot.

We are introduced to Ezra who was popular, had a lot of friends, went to the coolest parties, and was a tennis player. Until one night, when a horrible accident left him hurting and a gimp. He has to walk with a cane, he’s sore, and he’ll never play tennis again they say.  Nobody comes to visit Ezra in the hospital, none of his friends, so when he’s back in school he’s went from being popular to just a normal person. Nobody really shuns him but everyone is talking behind his back.

Enter a new girl named Cassidy. She’s new to the school so she didn’t know the Ezra before. They become friends and really hit it off. She’s nothing like his old girlfriend but she also has a lot of issues of her own.

The only real friend Ezra realizes he has is his old friend Toby from elementary school, and of course there is Cassidy now. He just has so much trouble with everything, I feel for him.

But this was a funny book. I enjoyed it. I laughed so hard sometimes, I snickered in the middle of sentences. It was interesting, fun, and Ezra had such a great way to say things or explain things. From the first page on, I was hooked and couldn’t get enough.

I don’t want to say too much but I felt like this was a deeper book, it wasn’t all sunshine and happy moments either. It was real and emotional for me.  Cassidy’s back story was crazy intense. Everything was!

This is a book you’ll enjoy if you like contemps or books with real story and emotions.

Overall: I recommend it, especially if you're doing the debut challenge this year! Add it to your TBR pile! Loved the characters, the plot was interesting, and Ezra was so real!

Cover:  Makes total sense, right? I think so! Roller Coaster!

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