Published by Katherine Tegen on August 27th 2013
Genres: Drama, Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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.
I had to give this book a time-out. When I was done reading, I literally dragged this book off my bed and onto the ground, and waited about thirty minutes before I put the book back on my bookshelf. Words to describe this book?
Disappointing. Random. Frustrating. Coincidental
I was enjoying this book, I really was. I thought it was funny-ish and then I realized by the end it wasn’t good. There is no plot. Nothing really changes, there was no character development, and such a bad ending just so it can be wrapped up. The whole “plot” of this book was Ezra being a boring guy because of his accident and his “romance” with Cassidy. One of the things I hated the most about this book was how incredibly coincidental everything was. View Spoiler »This whole thing with Ezra’s accident and Cassidy’s brother doing it, was just too much. It wasn’t believable because of how coincidental it was. It was a domino effect, when this news came up, everything went to hell. Cassidy can’t be with Ezra because her brother committed the accident. Now I know this a book. I KNOW! But when I read, it isn’t a book. It is something I believe can happen and it is real, but nuh uh with this book. « Hide Spoiler
Now before I get to the ending of this book (which I have a lot to say about) Let us talk about the characters and the writing. The writing was as Paperfury said “Trying to be a John Green book.” Which it really shouldn’t have tried to replicate. Papertowns was “Everyone gets a miracle”. This was “Everyone gets a tragedy.” And I’m really not going to place this author as a “Wannabe John Green.” just because of this book. I will read the other works. I’ve heard incredible things about the others, but nothing from this one. I went into this book without knowing anything.
The characters. Ezra was just boring. He was boring. Nothing really excited me about him, and the one thing I can say good about him was that he was the funny-ish thing that got me to rate this book two and a half stars. It seems as if his friends were co-workers. Their relationship was the type of relationship you would have with a coworker. Friendly, compliment here and there, hang out here and there, nothing dramatic, and just boring. Toby was another reason for the two and a half stars, he was probably the only HUMAN character in the book that I actually liked. BUT his story line with the head was supposed to be his “tragedy” but it didn’t seem like a tragedy to everyone else. It was a joke. Someone getting decapitated was a joke to them. It was incredibly horrifying. The other friend characters we really didn’t get much depth to them, other than their obvious characteristics so I really have nothing to say about them.
I saved the best for last. I saved a whole paragraph for this character. Cassidy “Want To Cut Her” Thrope. I congratulate her really. She has made it to my list of “Most Hated Female Protagonists” I hate her. I hate her so freaking much. Our first encounter with her, she plays a cruel joke on Ezra. Disliked her instantly. Tournament came along. Disliked her strongly. “Plot twist” came along. Despise her. Ending came a long. I hate her so much. She was one of the most tricky, obnoxious, catfish, characters that I have ever read about. She is supposed to be really smart by the way and View Spoiler »She has this whole thing with the “I can’t date you because I’m bad for you.” and the whole “Hey I know we worked really hard for this competition but can you just lose.” and ANNOYANCE! And when Ezra tried to win her back after the insanely dramatic, unbelievable, frustrating break-up, ITS LIKE SHE WANTS ME TO HATE HER! And the book was trying to shape her as the “beginning of everything for Ezra.” HAH! « Hide Spoiler It is no mystery on why she made it to my “Most Hated Female Protagonists” list. And honestly, I’m not going to even try to explain why I disliked her relationship with Ezra *cough* selfish *cough* female dog.
Now if you haven’t read the book I suggest you stop reading now. Because the next paragraph is going to explain the ending, which will obviously be spoiler full. And if you haven’t read this book, I really really do not recommend this book to anyone BUT even though I haven’t even read it yet I really recommend Robyn’s other book Extraordinary Means, because all I’ve heard about this book were amazing things. If you have read this book, then please continue on reading my rant 🙂
And now THE REASON why I realized this wasn’t a good book.
The ending starts off with Ezra thinking of a way to get Cassidy back. Which is already a bad start in my book *refer back to paragraph 6 for why I hate Cassidy Thrope :)* And he keeps coming up with cheesy-ass ideas until he decided A SNOWMAN! AND I WILL TAKE MY DOG ALONG WITH ME BECAUSE MY EX-GIRLFRIEND LOVES MY DOG! Now let me just say one thing. If I didn’t like Toby, Cooper THE DOG would be the only character I liked. So she sees the snowman. Nothing changes. COYOTES COME! Freaking coyotes come and kills Cooper!
Unnecessary. Literally the one reason I could think of why Cooper was killed off, was because of the book getting boring. It wasn’t a lesson learning sort of killing, after the dog dies NOTHING CHANGES! Ezra and Cassidy are still broken up. Which is really when I realized “Wow, I really didn’t like this book. Time for it to go to a time-out.” Okay. Okay. I’m done ranting. ANYWAYS it has been a while since I did a bad review! Stress reliever, eh?
*send to Cassidy’s email*