Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Review: The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

Publisher: Katherine Teagen
Pages: 335
Received: Received a copy from Harper Collins Canada in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: August 27, 2013
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Goodreads Synospsis:

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 Review:

I'm not always big on contemporaries but I'm really starting to fall in love with them more now, and The Beginning of Everything is one book that is very easy to love. I will say I love the original title of this book (Severed Heads, Broken Hearts) I think it really describes this book well, witty with a hint of sarcasm. When I finished this book, I sat down and hugged it for a good 5 minutes just because I was so in love with everything that had happened.

Ezra is the golden boy of his school, he is the best tennis player and he is the popular guy with the gorgeous girlfriend, then one night a tragedy happens and Ezra loses everything. This is the story of how Ezra comes to view his life as he wants it rather than just let everyone else around him dictate what he should be doing. This book really shows how easy it is to fall from grace in a high school setting, one misstep and everyone looks at you differently.

What I loved about this book the most was the comedy throughout, it's more of a dry and sarcastic humour which I love so much. Many of the characters know how to joke about themselves (as in Ezra's friend Toby, who catches a head when on a ride at Disneyland... a little over the top but kind of amusing). I love the relationship Toby and Ezra have and it really helps Ezra find himself again. Also, all the secondary characters really stuck out in this book as well and have a huge impact as Ezra finds new friends and notices differences in his old friends.

And then there is Cassidy Pope, a new student who has her own hidden secrets. She teaches Ezra a lot about life and gives him a new outlook on things, she changes his life in such a great way, and their relationship is such a great thing to follow.

This book was so much more than just a love story, it's about finding yourself and really seeing people for who they really are. After the accident, Ezra gets a new beginning to really evaluate where his life is going to go now that his future has been drastically changed. I loved everything about this book, and I plan to push it on everyone I know. It was adorable and fun and I want to re-read it now. This book is on the special shelf for sure!

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