Book Review || The Beginning of Everything


Title: The Beginning of Everything
Author: Robyn Schneider
Format: Paperback, 335 pages
Release Date: July 29, 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Bought

Synopsis: Robyn Schneider’s The Beginning of Everything is a witty and heart-wrenching teen novel that will appeal to fans of books by John Green and Ned Vizzini, novels such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and classics like The Great Gatsby and The Catcher in the Rye. Varsity tennis captain, Ezra Faulkner, was supposed to be homecoming king, but that was before—before his girlfriend cheated on him, before a car accident shattered his leg, and before he fell in love with unpredictable new girl Cassidy Thorpe. As Kirkus Reviews said in a starred review, “Schneider takes familiar stereotypes and infuses them with plenty of depth. Here are teens who could easily trade barbs and double entendres with the characters that fill John Green’s novels.” Funny, smart, and including everything from flash mobs to blanket forts to a poodle who just might be the reincarnation of Jay Gatsby, The Beginning of Everything is a refreshing contemporary twist on the classic coming-of-age novel—a heart-wrenching story about how difficult it is to play the part that people expect, and how new beginnings can stem from abrupt and tragic endings.

(taken from goodreads)

my thoughts

Seriously. The book left me hanging. Although I like it when movies and books are cliffhangers of some sort, this one’s different because I’m under the impression that the book is a stand-alone. A good book, actually. It’s not very predictable for me because the predictions I had in my head didn’t happen in the book. The Beginning of Everything reminds me of A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks, or parts of it does.

EZRA FAULKNER — His broken heart was the reason the succeeding events occurred. When he’s hurt, he tends to think irrationally (or so I thought). I don’t know exactly if I like his character or not but one thing’s for sure: he isn’t very sure which lunch table he belongs. He was very annoying when his old friends asked him to join them, leaving his old friends wondering (perhaps except Luke).

CASSIDY THORPE — I thought she was the shy new girl, you know, like Eleanor in Eleanor & Park (which I haven’t finished reading) but she’s the exact opposite of what I thought she was. I thought of her as weird and at some point, she also reminded me of Margo in Paper Towns. Cassidy was very unpredictable, and the very reason why I was sad after reading the book.

The Beginning of Everything made me realize that happy endings don’t always happen even if people seem to be very compatible with one another. The words used throughout the novel were easy to devour, making it easier to read. Parts of it were dull, but most parts weren’t. However, I’m not quite sure if it’s very worth recommending but you could give me a try and tell me I’m not quite right. 😀 3


One thought on “Book Review || The Beginning of Everything

  1. I received a finished copy of this for review, but really never felt any pull to read it. I’m sorry to see that there were parts in this book that left you unimpressed! I lent my copy to my cousin and while he said it had some great parts, he echoed your sentiments that there were definitely some that left a lot to be desired. Onwards to our next, hopefully good, read then? 🙂

    Faye at The Social Potato

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