Published by Katherine Tegen Books on August 27th 2013
Genres: Friendship, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Source: borrowed from the library
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.
The very thing that will be cemented into my head whenever I see this book on the shelves is the very beginning. That’s obviously where the title shows its importance. I can’t help but wonder if what happened is possibly true. I don’t even want to think about it. I actually enjoy the UK version of the cover and the title is also better, but I’m guessing for North American audiences, “Severed Heads” is too brutal. That’s the thing though, it would make me pick up that book because of it. If it wasn’t for the blogging community and all its wonder, I wouldn’t even have glanced at this contemporary.
I had such high expectations for this one and for once they were equally met. I couldn’t really understand Ezra’s wit and humour, but I guess because I’m not male. I enjoyed reading his story, and the fact that mere accident is what caused it, and his life changes makes everything so much clearer. As for Cassidy, I wasn’t liking her as much as everyone else did. I felt she could have been a little less selfish and just learn to let go of the past. I felt she could have been a lot kinder too. I did enjoy reading about her Harry Potter uniform though. The important twist was too predictable, but I still didn’t want it to happen. This book is such a romantic tragedy that if you are a huge star-crossed lover kind of gal, then you’ll fall for this book. Oh and that ending..WHY?
Overall, impeccable, thought-provoking writing and story telling, The Beginning of Everything is a must-read!