The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

thebeginningofeverythingPublished on: August 27th 2013
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary

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.


I don’t know what to say! I just finished this book and now I’m trying to come up with a coherent review. I don’t think there are enough words to describe how much I fell in love with this book. I rarely read contemporary novels because I kind of outgrew them. So I never expected to love this book.

The Beginning of Everything has one of the most powerful first lines I’ve ever read! I knew, I knew after reading that line that I’m going to love this book and it will probably wreck my heart but I did continue anyway. Everything about this book is perfect; the characters are so lovable! Ezra’s voice is powerful and it will make you see things differently. His narration is just so witty and funny, it will never bored the hell out of you.

Also, the romance in this book is so askfnkjrsbfgjrefef. I loved it. Ezra and Cassidy’s chemistry is palpable. They’re so good together. So good. That’s why I’m really disappointed on how the way things ended. I’m hoping for a sequel because I want to know what’s Ezra doing now in college. 😀

Overall, this is such a great book. I absolutely, deeply loved it! I will read this book someday because it’s just THAT GOOD and Ezra’s way of thinking things will probably help me to get through life.



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