04 October 2013

{Book Review} The Beginning of Everything

By: Me My Shelf And I | 04 October 2013 at 10:07 AM | | | | | | |


The Beginning of Everything
Author: Robyn Schneider
Pages: 335
Release Date: August 27th, 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Rating: 4 Birds

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.

Before I can get into the review of this book I have to tell you about who was running through my head as I was reading THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING. You see, normally when I read a book, I see the characters vaguely in my mind no matter how phenomenally the author describes them – it’s never them, it’s me. I can never pick out a celebrity or real life human to fill that characters spot in my head like a lot of people can, and do. Give me a bunch of options and I can pick one, but ask me to give you the options, not going to happen. So when I slapped a real face to not one, but two of the characters in THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING, seconds after reading their intro to the story – I was dumbfounded.

You’re going to crack up, because this happened with 2 supporting characters – Cassidy and Toby. Toby is Ezra’s best friend then non-friend and then best friend again. His side-kick-ness coupled with his snarky, sarcastic retorts made me think of Dylan O’Brien’s character on Teen Wolf, Stiles. From that point on, no matter how Robyn described him, he was Stiles in my head. Speaking of Robyn, oddly enough when reading Cassidy, the short, bubbly, smart, hilarious new girl – all I saw was Robyn. So as I read, I had Robyn and Stiles playing out two of the roles! LOL!

Onto the book – I know finally, right! Here’s the thing about THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING , it actually is the beginning of everything for the characters inside it’s pages. Commonly in a book, you go from beginning to end, but with TBOE, you go from one beginning, to another. Sounds crazy, but really it’s not. What I learned while reading TBOE was that, in your life you are going to have a lot of beginnings, things that start a new parts of your life in motion. Be they good, or bad or horribly embarrassing or even heartbreaking or so crazy you almost can’t fathom how it’s possible – there will be hundreds, even thousands of them in your life.

When I realized what was going to happen with this book, how it would lead to another beginning I was a little worried. I like my endings wrapped up with a bow. Not totally perfect, but not horrible enough that I want to throw the book…at the author. Was Robyn going to leave me hanging? Was she going to break my heart and then run around manically laughing at my pain? Was I going to regret reading this book?

The answer to all those things is No. Just flat out no. Robyn Schneider actually wrote a ending, that is a beginning that was more satisfying than a lot of the actual endings I have read in recent months. I’m not upset, I’m not curious or left hanging…I’m content, happy even. I think the thing that I’m most upset about is that this is a stand alone novel, and the characters are so well written and delivered that I will miss them most of all.

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  2. Just pre-ordered this baby. It better be good! The author has the most adorable YT channel, or should I say two. Go and subscribe!

    Cleo Rogers (shop.tps-online.com)


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