16 October 2015

Review: The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

Reviewer: Kayla
Author: Robyn Schneider
Pages: 335
Format: Paperback
My Rating: 7/10

Summary (Goodreads. Da real MVP):

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 Thoughts:
I hella enjoyed this book. It reminded me of Looking for Alaska, but I enjoyed it so much more. This story was so much more than the romance, which I’ve noticed in many contemporaries. They push the romance on you, suffocate you, DROWN YOU IN THEIR LOVE.

But don’t worry, not this one.

While I thought their story was cute with just the right amount of cheesiness, I loved the entire "finding yourself" aspect to Ezra's character. While this is also, obviously, a large part of many contemporaries, I think Schneider played it out just right, and rather than Ezra relying on another person to find himself, he did it on his own terms, within himself. Of course, she helped in some ways, and she came to him at a time where he needed her the most.
Though I wasn't too too fond of Cassidy, I didn't really mind her. She seemed like that panic pixie dream girl (if I’m using that term correctly). She was kind of annoying and predictable, and though I was kind of taken aback when she did some things, I realized that I wasn’t that surprised after all.
I loved Ezra. And Toby. I wish the story would have expanded on their friendship more. The dynamic between them sometimes came out of nowhere, and I would have loved to learn more about them, especially Toby, and their friendship. It was just kind of there? I wanted mORE.
Also, I liked the way it ended. It made it realistic, and overall point of the story was accentuated in this part. Actually, now that I think about it, this story is kind of like Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns combined. Hm ...

Final Thoughts: Despite the predictability of the ending and Cassidy's secret she refuses to reveal, her stubbornness, while annoying a bit, complimented her character. All in all, I thought this book with amazingly written and I 100% recommend for a good contemporary read. Definitely will be picking up another Robyn Schneider book!

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