Fri, September 27, 2013

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider Review

The Beginning of Everything book cover

The Beginning of Everything book cover

The Beginning of Everything
By Robyn Schneider
Publication date: Aug. 27, 2013
Katherine Tegen, 335 pages
Source: Publisher

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?

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. I Eat Words said:

    These are EXACTLY my thoughts. I thought I was reading a John Green book that John Green didn’t write. Sadly I thought it was trying too hard too. Meh. I wish new author voices would just be their own unique thing! Maybe her next read will be better?

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  2. xtina said:

    humph…sounds like a dud. i was thinking about reading this one but i don’t think i’ll bother now…i like john green, but imitations are not my thing. good review!

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  3. estelle said:

    In total agreement.

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  4. We Heart YA said:

    It’s a shame to hear that, but not exactly a surprise. We can only imagine how many John-Green-alikes there are going to be in the years to come…

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    We Heart YA Reply:

    Shoot, that makes us sound so grumpy/cynical! We didn’t mean it like that. It’s just… like HP or Twilight or whatever, there are bound to be some copycats (intentional or not) of what’s popular. And we much prefer original stories, original voices. Hopefully these writers will evolve into themselves, instead of into versions of authors we already know.

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  5. Jackie Lea Sommers said:

    Hmm. I started reading this one and LOVED the beginning … and then suddenly got a little lost.

    I’m going to keep pressing onward, but I TOTALLY can see what your’e saying, Anna!

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  6. Adriane said:

    I have been stewing over this one for a few days to write the review. I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it. How’s that for a answer?
    I can’t put my finger on it. It just wasn’t… great… I wanted to love it, but….

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  7. Shelly said:

    I enjoyed this book but Cassie really annoyed me. I love Ezra and his point of view was interesting but Cassie made me so pissed off! I tried to love this boo, I really did but it just didn’t work. I totally understand what you’re saying, this book did have a very John Green-like essence!

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  8. Sarah/appifanie said:

    I just finished it and I really loved it! Except for the parts I didn’t see coming towards the end :/

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