The Beginning of Everything

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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...

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Overview

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.

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Ezra Faulkner had good reason to imagine that his life can be summarized in just two chapters: before and after The Accident. That knee-shattering event not only ended his athletic career; it badly damaged his self-confidence and changed this high school golden boy into an outsider. Fortunately, this former tennis star and junior class president makes new ties, most importantly with his old best friend Toby and a mysterious, captivating new girl named Cassidy Thorpe. With its delicious, wry first-person voice, The Beginning of Everything tells Ezra's story as he enters a third new chapter of his life. Truly one of those teen novels you will remember.

Sarah Mlynowski
“Heartbreaking and hilarious. I have no doubt that girls everywhere are going to fall madly, deeply, hopelessly in love with Ezra Faulkner.”
Lauren Barnoldt
“Smart, funny, heartbreaking, and so true it hurts…this is a book you will never forget.”
Jeannette Walls
“Dazzling. Full of razor-sharp wit, a keen sense of observation, and surprisingly tender compassion.”
New York Times Book Review
“It’s an endearing book filled with similarly touching little moments and plenty of snappy dialogue.”
Booklist (starred review)
“This thought-provoking novel about smart kids doing interesting things will resonate with theJohn Green contingent, as it is tinged with sadness, high jinks, wry humor, and philosophical pondering in equal measures.”
Publishers Weekly
First-time novelist Schneider offers an engrossing romance in which tragedy brings two teens together, then threatens to tear them apart. Ezra Faulkner has a bright future as a tennis player until a car accident leaves him with a serious knee injury. Along with losing his spot on the team and his prospects of being recruited by colleges, he is dropped by his popular clique (“I had been Ezra Faulkner, golden boy, but that person no longer existed”). At the onset of senior year, he makes major changes, rekindling a childhood friendship he’d dropped after a gruesome mishap, joining the debate team, and getting to know Cassidy Thorpe, an the enigmatic new student with a reputation as a stellar debater. Ezra is mesmerized by Cassidy’s intelligence, wit, and philosophical ideas, but after they become a couple, her mood swings set off unexpected sparks. Tension builds as Cassidy’s past comes to light, and a shocking climax culminates in an emotional crash to rival Ezra’s physical one. Schneider shows remarkable skill at getting inside her narrator’s head as his life swings between disaster and recovery. Ages 13–up. Agent: Merrilee Heifetz, Writers House. (Aug.)
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“The Beginning of Everything is a tragic romance of the best kind that leaves the reader feeling as though they are part of the story, and wishing there was more.”
Julia DeVillers
“A witty and unexpected, smartly-crafted and slightly twisted coming-of-age story.”
Children's Literature - Veronica Bartles
Ezra Faulkner had it all. A tennis star with a beautiful girlfriend, he was the most popular kid at school and destined to be the homecoming king. But that was before his girlfriend cheated on him. Before a car accident shattered his leg and ended his tennis career. Before he lost everything he thought he always wanted. As Ezra learns to deal with his new handicap, trading in his tennis racket for a spot on the school debate team, he rediscovers old friendships and finds that he has a talent for debate. He also meets Cassidy Thorpe, the new girl with a dark secret. In the developing relationship between Ezra and Cassidy, and the rebuilt friendship between Ezra and his former friend Toby, Schneider weaves a complex tale of finding meaning in a new beginning. Although the story starts slowly with a slightly-unnecessary flashback and, at the end, peters off with a chapter that feels like a movie epilogue, the main story in the middle is captivating and powerful. Readers dealing with loss of will find themselves in Ezra, Cassidy and Toby, who each deal with their own unique sorrows. Reviewer: Veronica Bartles
VOYA - Lona Trulove
This is not your classic boy-meets-girl novel. The Beginning Of Everything is a tragic romance of the best kind that leaves the reader feeling as though they are part of the story, and wishing there was more. Ezra Faulkner, the gorgeous, popular tennis player who is seriously injured in a car accident, meets Cassidy Thorpe, the mysterious, intelligent new girl, and the story unfolds from there. There are many plot developments along the way with foreshadowing throughout. The twist at the end is worth the wait. Schneider does a wonderful job with character development. Instantly, the reader becomes involved in these characters' lives. This novel lends itself easily to teaching dynamic and static character development. The themes are rich and very poignant for the young adult reader. Both Ezra's and Cassidy's relationships, as well as the relationships with and among their friends, are very easy to relate to since they are realistic and touching. The Beginning Of Everything is just the right amount of romance, tragedy, humor, and friendship that young adult girls love. This book would be great for a book discussion or book club, especially for young girls. Reviewer: Lona Trulove
VOYA - Amanda Fensch
Ezra Faulkner had it all—top spot on the tennis team, respect of his peers, and a beautiful girlfriend. A horrible accident changed his life and left him with a shattered leg, unable to return to the life he once knew. Now, a new year has started at his school and he is a bit adrift, unsure of where he fits in and struggling with his injury and a lot of spare time. Tony, a childhood friend, introduces Ezra to Cassidy, the new girl who mysteriously disappeared from her previous school and its debate team the year before. Ezra latches on to Cassidy and his newfound group of friends. He is inexplicably drawn to her intelligence and her wit but something about her does not add up. Tensions come to a head and the reveal of Cassidy's secret sends Ezra reeling, leaving tragedy and sadness in her wake. Told with an abundance of wit and heart, Schneider's novel will draw fans by the scores. Ezra is a unique first-person narrator, introspective and funny with just enough confidence to carry his own voice. The romance between Cassidy and Ezra will make readers swoon because it is wholly realistic—funny, awkward, and sweet. The only disappointment here is that the ending feels rushed. Schneider builds up her characters so brilliantly that readers don't get any real resolution until the last few chapters, and then the book just ends. It is a flaw that does not destroy the book, but may leave some readers grumbling once they finish. Reviewer: Amanda Fensch
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Ezra Faulkner believes that everyone has a tragedy waiting to happen that will be their life-changing moment. In the summer before seventh grade, his best friend, Toby, had his moment when he inadvertently caught the severed head of a boy who was decapitated on a ride in Disneyland. Ezra ended his friendship with Toby after that. Now 17, Ezra encounters his own tragic watershed event: he finds his girlfriend cheating on him and then has a car accident that ends his tennis career. He returns to school for his last year a broken boy who has shunned his jock friends and just wants to make it through life unnoticed. By reconnecting with Toby and developing a relationship with Cassidy, a new girl who has a secretive past and home life, Ezra gets the chance to remake himself into someone who lives rather than just exists. Though Ezra's old friends are depicted as stereotypes, they help to emphasize the attributes of his new friends, who are quirky, smart, and funny. This is a wonderfully told story. The dialogue moves the plot along at a fast pace, and Ezra, with all his flaws, is a character to whom readers can relate. Teens won't want to put this one down until the mystery of Cassidy is unraveled at the end.—Elizabeth Kahn, Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy, Jefferson, LA
Kirkus Reviews
Smart writing and a compelling narrator raise this book above ordinary depictions of high school drama. After finding his vapid girlfriend going down on another guy, Ezra Faulkner is seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident, leaving him out of the loop with the jock-and-cheerleader set. When senior year begins, he gravitates toward his old friend Toby, no stranger to tragedy himself. Toby and his debate team welcome Ezra to their lunch table when they find out that the prom king is as smart and funny as they are. 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. Ezra falls in love with Cassidy, an enigmatic transfer student fascinated by Foucault's notion of society as panopticon, flash mobs and puns. Ezra is forced to confront his complacency about the direction his life has been taking, but it's an uneasy passage. The author takes care with the telling of Ezra's story, allowing time to develop her characters. Narrator Ezra's point of view is an unusual one, that of an introspective athlete reflecting on events from the slight remove of his first year in college. Efficient use of language, evocative descriptions and subtle turns of phrase make reading and rereading this novel a delight. (Fiction. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062217141
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/29/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 183
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robyn Schneider is a writer, actor, and online personality who misspent her youth in a town coincidentally similar to Eastwood. Robyn is a graduate of Columbia University, where she studied creative writing, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where she studied medical ethics. She lives in Los Angeles, California, but also on the internet.

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  • Posted October 14, 2013

    Beautifully painful and funny. The description of the silent fla

    Beautifully painful and funny. The description of the silent flash mob made me cry with happiness. This book perfectly illustrates that it IS possible to go on, even after the "worst" has already happened. I LOVED this book, and am holding my breath for another.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    Oh my goodness!!! so many feels at the end!! After finishing the

    Oh my goodness!!! so many feels at the end!! After finishing the book I held it for about 10 minutes and wept!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2014

    Honestly and undoubtibly amazing

    Im not going to lie, i teared a little and im not ashamed. This book is so amazing that it was able to bring out a tear from me. If youre reading this deciding whether or not to read this take my advise and get it. I will warm you the first bits of it may be a bit boring but i ashure you it will get better :')

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    Amazing

    Must read! This book literslly made me cry. I couldnt put it down!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2014

    evasive sigb EVASIVE SIGH

    alas when dawn goes down to day nothing gold can stay

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2014

    This book is a reminder that nothing lasts forever.

    Beutifully painful I started to cry (and I hardly ever cry)I could easily say the whole entire book.If you ever said you wanted to read a book with a sad ending (me) you will regret those words.You wish the story kept going and they saw eachother in college and things happened,but they don't and they never will.You feel confused and it seems there is a whole othe chapter left but it's not.Though I wish the ending is different it wouldn't bethe same.This book reminds you that nothing lasts forever, and that is true because one day when you have been married for a long time and the other person dies your love will never fade but they won't be there because nothing lasts forever.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2014

    Loved it!

    This book was fantastic! I loved the characters and plot. The only part that i didnt really enjoy was the ending, because it wasn't the happy cliche that i enjoy so much. It ended like real life, not perfect, but still a great read that i think any lover of a John Green book would enjoy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2014

    Amazing and Important Read

    This crossover teen novel grips you and evokes emotions most books do not. I loved this book and hope it gets the recognition it deserves.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    Great

    I love this book!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    Incredible book, though it wasn't quite what I expected

    Incredible book, though it wasn't quite what I expected

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

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    I really liked this novel, I loved that the book is told from a

    I really liked this novel, I loved that the book is told from a male perspective and i loved Ezra and his pals. I'd love to see these characters again. Ezra's world changes drastically at the end of his junior year and when Senior year starts his world at school is vastly different but with the help of his old pal Toby and Cassidy the charming and mysterious new girl he will gradually try to figure out his new place until he learns that life is more complicated than he could have imagined.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2014

    Kinda feel like the ending was odd but still a good read

    Kinda feel like the ending was odd but still a good read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2014

    Loved

    This book reminded me of Looking for Alaska (just alittle) personally I was not a fan of John Green's book but this book was well written and,basically, amazing. I am the type that loves dystopia societies but for some reason I fell in love with this book. Ezra is hands down the best narrator I have ever read. I LOVE the mail perspective he brings to the story.
    I recommend this book for anyone and everyone.
    It took me less than 24 hours to read and it will probably be my most memorable book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2014

    Amazing

    This book was so good. I could not put it down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2014

    Hybju.ng jn v .hbtt um

    Nuhnh idhg nu

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2014

    I thought the way Cassidy left was a cop out. Her departure was

    I thought the way Cassidy left was a cop out. Her departure was tied to Ezra's dog and I thought this made it insignificant. Also, dogs should never die in books. That is the only reason I cried during this book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2014

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    ¿Tell me, what is it you plan to with your one wild and precious

    “Tell me, what is it you plan to with your one wild and precious life?”
    There are a few moments in this book that I can walk away with and this is one of them. Cassidy tries to get Ezra, 17 to recreate his own life into something that he can call his own. After his accident, he needs to make his own statement. Ezra feels that everyone has a personal tragedy just waiting to happen and Ezra’s car accident was the event that changed his life. Adjusting to life without sports and walking with a cane, Ezra throws his past friendships away. No longer the guy who lites up the room, nor the jr. class president or the sports team captain, he is just Ezra, the guy who almost got killed. The way he ignored his friends really irritated me. These friendships which he has had for many years, he allows them to slip between the cracks without acknowledging them because of his anger and irritation. Not wanting a pity party, he casts them out yet he stares at them from a distance, it’s as though he still longs to be a part of them. He connects with an old childhood friend and Ezra realizes that this friendship had never died, which I thought was remarkable considering how he never nurtured it. These two boys were in totally different circles before the accident and now they reconnect. As he clings to this new set of friends, I want to think that he is creating friendships but his eyes are still set on his previous friends, the group of jocks which he knows his legs will never be able to compete with again. I wish this struggle was written more clearly and developed as it would have made the story more interesting. Ezra also struggles with girls, both before and after the incident and I had issues with how he connects with them. He longs to move forward with Cassidy yet Charlotte is still in the picture which drove me insane after everything he endures with Charlotte. Cassidy herself, I couldn’t handle this girl. She’s new to the area and even in the end after the dance and the story she told Ezra, I still couldn’t stand the girl. She could have had everything yet I couldn’t understand why she chooses the life she is leading.
    I really thought Ezra would have this light bulb moment where things would click and he would wake up to his own senses. There were times when the light would flick and he would get something and then, he would understand something but I don’t think he really understood it enough to do anything. I was disappointed in this one.

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  • Posted August 26, 2014

    I guess I'm a sucker for happy endings. I like it when life work

    I guess I'm a sucker for happy endings. I like it when life works out in a neat little package wrapped in red ribbon and blue paper, and I find the warm, gooey center filled with sugar and jam. But sometimes life kicks you in the ass, staples your forehead to the living room carpet, and then swipes your lunch money.

    While it would have been easy to call this novel cheesy, and then add a bit of sap and honey for good measure, I don't feel as though that truly sums up THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING. Of course, if that's how you would like to view it, and then move on with your life, I can understand where you are coming from, and respect your decision. But I do think you have to dig a little deeper on this one, and pull out your backhoe (that you just happen to have lying around) instead of your shovel.

    When I did this, I discovered a world where Ezra Faulkner had a big head on his shoulders, and brushed off all the folks who could have helped him make a difference. But then his leg was shattered in a tragic accident, and he was forced to reinvent himself. Rather than crying over his iPhone, and watching House reruns, he got his crap together, and took the racket off his shoulder. And I respected and admired his decision.

    Cassidy Thorpe might have more than a few pairs of boy shorts and button down shirts in her possession, but she's beautiful on the inside and out, even if she has a slightly different perception of herself in the bathroom mirror. And, yes, I may have looked at her with a bit more than just fond affection.

    I sucked this novel up through a straw in three days' time, and the teenager inside of me (and all of us) was more than happy with my decision. The romance was beautiful and thrilling, even if it kicked me in the pants at the end, the dialogue was intriguing and spot-on, the pace proved to be both intriguing and interesting and just about right, and the characters were just odd and awkward enough to help me reminisce my high school years.

    If you'd like to rediscover your teenage self, then you might want to take a peek behind the curtain, and see what this particular book has in store for you. You might just be glad you did.

    Robert Downs
    Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2014

    Awesome

    Love this

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

    Good

    I loved the plot and how bit just kept going

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