The Beginning of Everything
By Robyn Schneider
Publication date: Aug. 27, 2013
Katherine Tegen, 335 pages
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.
— Goodreads.com description
Hmm. Something about this book didn’t work for me, but I’m not sure what. And that really befuddles me because I know many other people liked it.
It felt very John Green-esque in terms of a lot of banter/flirting/smartness. But instead of feeling cute/smart, it felt like it was trying too hard. I never fell in love with any of the characters, and I wasn’t crazy about the romance. Perhaps because it felt like something I’d read before?
That being said, if you’ve loved this type of story in the past (male point of view, boy meets girl but loses her and wallows in his heartbreak, etc.) and are a bit more open than I was to a new iteration of it, you might have a completely opposite reaction.
Puzzling! What do you think? Will you give it a go? Have you read it and, if so, thoughts?