The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

Summary: 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? [Goodreads]

I vaguely remember reading part of this book around two years ago, but for some reason, I never finished it (silly me). However, two hours and two cups of green tea later, I’m done with it! Not only is the cover beautiful (and very photogenic, may I add), but the story itself is a real keeper. It took me a little while to realize that it wasn’t a romance, but more of a self-discovery story that involved a girl. Ezra, besides having an awesome name, also has a very likeable personality. I was really enjoying reading from his point of view because he was just the right amount of nerdy and sarcastic (aka my perfect narrator). Also, he has awesome friends. Not his fake, stupid, jock friends, but his real friends. Toby, Phoebe, Austin. Robyn Schneider perfectly wrote Ezra, so perfectly it was almost uncomfortable for me to read the parts where his old friends were trying to get him back into the group, or when his ex-girlfriend was flinging herself at him. He even has the humor to cover himself with glitter on Halloween and call himself a vampire (as a person who did not enjoy any part of the Twilight franchise, I cracked up at that part)! Speaking of cracking up, this book is seriously hilarious. Most of the time. Sometimes, it breaks your heart. But the majority of the time, you laugh hysterically right along with the characters.

I really like the plot, which was an equal balance of Ezra and Cassidy and Ezra and the rest of the people he knows: his friends, his old friends, his family. It was really fun to read, although there were some things that were left really open-ended, especially the ending, which is a flash-forward that is Ezra reflecting back on what happened with him and his friends after certain events that shall not be mentioned to avoid spoilers.

Overall, I really enjooyed this book. It was a fast read, which is good considering I’ve been busy with school, so I avoided getting into a slump. I would recommend this, but if you’re one of those people who needs a perfect, complete ending, you will not be too happy. Fair warning.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Favorite Quote: “‘Still here, Faulkner?’ Luke sneered.
‘Still doing that terrible impression of Draco Malfoy?’ I asked.”

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