The Beginning of Everything by Robyn SchneiderPublication Date: August 27, 2013
Published by: Katherine Tegen
Pages: 335 (Paperback)
Summary via Goodreads:
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?
Hello, there! It’s been a long time since I was here. So many things had happened over the past year, which are mostly good things, but no matter, I’m happy to say that I’m back into blogging now and I think it’s only fitting to start off by reviewing the book that reminded me of how much I love talking about books.
My first encounter with The Beginning of Everything was December of last year. I was on a local bookstore to finally grab my copy of Anna & the French Kiss (which was on my wishlist since, like, forever). Truthfully, the book title didn’t grabbed my attention as much as the cover did. I remember reading the synopsis on the back and my first thought was ‘I think know how this story will go.’ (oh man, I was sooo wrong about that).
The second time was on Twitter when a local bookstore tweeted a quote from the book which wholly grabbed my attention. The quote was: “The way I figured it, keeping quiet was safe. Words could betray you if you choose the wrong ones, or mean less if you used too many.” So when I went to bookstore again to grab a good friend of mine a birthday present, I ended up buying myself my own copy (happens all the time).
The moment I started reading The Beginning of Everything, I was instantly hooked with Ezra’s strong and unique voice. He’s a very interesting guy. I just love every single moment I spent with him and just feeling everything he has in his mind. If you think about it, the plot of the story is quite simple—the popular jock in high school loses the spotlight, his social life, even his promising athletic career, then he meets a mysterious girl. Perhaps this is the reason why, at first, I thought the story is a bit predictable. But like what I said, it’s not. It’s not predictable at all.
My favorite aspect of the story are the characters. I love all of them and it was so easy to connect with them. Ezra Faulkner, the protagonist, isn’t the typical one-dimensional popular guy we used to read or see in movies. He’s wonderful, smart, truthful and funny kind of guy, but above all, it’s the complexity of his character that makes me like him even more. I absolutely enjoyed joining him in his bittersweet discovery toward the meaning of his tragedy.
The story of Ezra and Toby’s friendship was also something I genuinely like about the story. Perhaps because at one point in our lives there’ll be this one person whom we used to do things with and then in just a snap everything changes. I thought the way they rekindled their friendship was very nice, it just feels natural and I was also glad to discover that even after everything that’s happened, there were certain things that didn’t really change between their friendship.
And then there’s Cassidy Thorpe, the elusive love interest. She’s everything Ezra hadn’t met before. She’s intelligent, speaks her mind and unconventionally beautiful and she’s a Harry Potter fan. I also love the way she perceives the world and her cleverness and the way she understands Ezra in ways some people don’t and in ways Ezra himself doesn’t. Ugh I love her.
While I love everything about this book, there’s no use denying that, for me, the best part of the story is Ezra and Cassidy’s romance. I rooted for them the second they met in that hallway. I adore every moment they spent together, every witty remarks they shared with each other. My feelings were everywhere whenever they touch. I’m so obsessed with them it’s disgusting! I used to think their relationship is kind of reverse, but now that I thought about it, Ezra and Cassidy balance each other out. They have this strong emotional connection with each other and it was simply beautiful.
The Beginning of Everything is unquestionably one of my all-time favorite books. There’s so much depth and realness in this book and it can either make your heart swell in delight or rip your heart into tragic little pieces. Every dialogue, characters and emotions are so compelling, they’re impossible to forget. I’m giving this 5 out of 5 stars and I strongly recommend this to every YA Contemporary junkies, especially those who fancy character-driven ones.