Friday, May 22, 2015

Book Review | The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

The Beginning of Everything

Author: Robyn Schnedier
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Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Page Number: 335
Genre: Contemporary
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
Synopsis from Goodreads:  
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.

My Review: 
Shut up, Ezra.
The Beginning of Everything...reminded me of a John Green novel. But a worse version. It tries to be like a John Green novel; it tries so hard...but it fails so hard as well.
The Beginning of Everything is about a boy named Ezra, who was one of the popular kids in the beginning. But after an incident, he loses his popularity. Sound generic? That's because it is.
I'll admit, most contemporaries feel the same to me. This was no different. They all have something tragic happen. Why can't we just have a cheesy, fluffy, lovey contemporary? Then it'd be boring af but still.  This book felt like a John Green book. Seriously.
Ezra. Cassidy. Charlotte. What's-his-face. Urgh. Just stop making girly girls, popular hot athletic dudes, and secretly hot outcasts! I could compare each of these characters to one of John Green's characters.
Ezra = Augustus, believe it our not. They have more similarities than you think they do.
Cassidy = Margo. This is pretty obvious, although Cassidy wasn't ever popular. 
Charlotte = every single other bitchy character in John Green's books.
Ezra won't shut up, Cassidy is so generic and boring, and I just want to punch Charlotte in the face.
That's my thoughts on these characters.
I did like Phoebe and Toby though. The SASS, man. The sass!

The writing is gorgeous. It really is. I do have to say, this book beats John Green's writing. It really is beautiful and flows and all that good stuff you like to see in writing.

Final thoughts: great for any John Green lover, otherwise, if you want to read it, just check it out from the library. It's not that special.

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