Review: The Beginning Of Everything

Aug •  12 •  2013

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Review: The Beginning Of EverythingThe Beginning Of Everything by Robyn Schneider
Series: Stand Alone
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on August 27th 2013
Genres: Young Adult-Contemporary/Romance
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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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 beginning of everything. There is always a start to something. Whether it be bad or good, it always leads back to where it all started…

Plot: Have you ever had something significant happen in your life and you tell the story. But when you begin the story you think,” No, this isn’t were it started. It started when…” Yeah, those moments in life where you think to were it all began. You think what would you would have done differently or even if it was just meant to be that way. This plot is so well written that I had no problem getting into it.  The significance to the story and the way it ended, had me thinking about moments in my life where things changed. It flowed nicely with plenty of plot twists and turns.

Love: Not all love is meant to be. Most love we all have is a learning experience, right? A cheater boy/girlfriend, a best friend stabbing you in the back, a family member betrayal. Whatever the case, you learn and grow form it. You can either allow it to over take you, making you bitter. Or you can learn from it, take it for what it is and move on. This love had hard lessons to learn. A bad past, lies and a path that crossed before their time, leading on to heartache.  It pained me to see the whole picture come together. When it did, I understood.

The beginning and the end: Sometimes life sucks. You crossed paths with someone thinking,” This is it!” and it’s not the right time or place. There is something holding you or them back, something you wish you could’ve seen from the start. Something, anything you can do to change the circumstance your in. Life….it sucks sometimes. You can’t control or change things.

I think this is great coming of age story of learning about life and love. Capturing the unique essence in life and telling it with great world building/characters is amazing. Taking the reader out of their comfort zone, Ms. Schneider riveting interpretation of fate is at its best.  Ambitious and beautiful, The Beginning Of Everything is magical.

I give it 5 BITES!


Happy Reading!


  1. Candace
    Aug 12, 2013

    I am DYING to read this book! It sounds so much like a book I would really really love. Unfortunately there are just TOO many awesome releases coming up and I can’t buy them all. If I can buy some this would be on the list, it just sounds too good to miss!

  2. You are right… sometimes life just sucks… more than it should. Still, this doesn’t sound like a depressing book, but just one about life. Hm.. need to check it out.