The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
Rating: 4/5 stars
Synopsis: 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.
One thing I liked about this book was that it was narrated by a male protagonist. Most YA romance novels are narrated by females. This must be why a guy classmate of mine read it. At first I didn’t believe him, but I asked him what the story is about. He gave an accurate answer and said he didn’t finish the book.
I didn’t like Cassidy Thorpe. She’s smart and knows useful vocabulary in different languages, but her personality isn’t likable. It’s like the author’s intentions were to make her not be likable.
”What’s a schattenparker?”
“It’s German.” Cassidy grinned. “And it translates roughly as ‘someone who always parks their car in the shade so their interior doesn’t get hot.’ German’s full of really good insults.”
I rate this book four stars since I wasn’t a big fan of the relationship and Cassidy wasn’t a favorable character.
On page 12, foreshadowing is involved. Ezra tells us that retrosynthesis is a type of problem in organic chemistry. On page 107, Ezra and Cassidy wound up in an Organic Chemistry class when they sneaked on to the college campus.
I thought retrosynthesis was a long word that none of my friends would know (for hangman) so I wrote it down. I learned that ‘retro’ meant ‘back, behind’ in school.