Robyn Schneider's The Beginning of Everything is a witty and heart-wrenching teen novel that will appeal to fans of books by John Green and Ned Vizzini, novels such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and classics like The Great Gatsby and The Catcher in the Rye.
Varsity tennis captain, Ezra Faulkner, was supposed to be homecoming king, but that was before—before his girlfriend cheated on him, before a car accident shattered his leg, and before he fell in love with unpredictable new girl Cassidy Thorpe.
As Kirkus Reviews said in a starred review, "Schneider takes familiar stereotypes and infuses them with plenty of depth. Here are teens who could easily trade barbs and double entendres with the characters that fill John Green's novels."
Funny, smart, and including everything from flash mobs to blanket forts to a poodle who just might be the reincarnation of Jay Gatsby, The Beginning of Everything is a refreshing contemporary twist on the classic coming-of-age novel—a heart-wrenching story about how difficult it is to play the part that people expect, and how new beginnings can stem from abrupt and tragic endings.
I finished reading The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider, and I really enjoyed it. The story follows Ezra Faulkner and his relationship with himself. Notice I did not say with a girl. Yes, yes. There is a romantic relationship in the story between Ezra and and a girl named Cassidy, and at first glance, you would say that the story follows Ezra's and Cassidy's relationship. But in the end, it is really about Ezra coming to know who he is and what he wants out of life. Really, it is a story about authenticity and living an authentic life.
Also, and this is no small thing: This is the first novel I've ever read that contains a geocaching scene. :)
I found this to be an easy, smooth reading experience. I loved the humor and how Schneider captures the various crowds of students at Ezra's high school. I enjoyed the humor, too. In some ways, though the story moved quickly and there was enough tension to keep you interested, this was a quiet read. I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading Schneider's next novel.