The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

Title: The Beginning of Everything
Author: Robyn Schneider
Date Started: December 5
Date Finished: December 6
Format: ebook from the digital library

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?

Note to self: do NOT read The Beginning of Everything and A List of Cages at the same time. I am an emotional wreck now because I stupidly decided to do these things. To be clear, I added this book to my TBR pile a few years ago, and because it’s been so long I didn’t really remember what this book was supposed to be about. And as I went through the first few chapters I thought for sure I was in for another popular guy needs to find a new life after life changing event. And in a way that’s what this book was, and really I loved every minute of it.

But the true emotion started getting pulled into when you try to figure out the mystery that is Cassidy Thorpe. Transfer student from boarding school. A little bit of cool nerd. Debate champ who mysteriously stopped competing. I was just as intrigued as Ezra was. And when they slowly started to become friends and then something more the intrigue disappeared and was replaced by warm feels. And then the night of the Homecoming Dance happened and…well, I had my suspicions and sometimes I really wish that I was wrong.

Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. I’m not sure if I like the fact that the Cooper, the Jay Gatsby like poodle, died defending Ezra from a coyote. I’m also not okay with the fact that the spring semester of Ezra’s senior year was pretty much glassed over. What happened in that semester? What college did he end up going to? I really want to know.

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