Sunday, 12 January 2014

The Beginning of Everything, Robyn Schneider

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider reviewed by Izzy

What is this book about?

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.

Who should read this book?

How long is this book?
335 pages


1. Would you like to have tea with the protagonist? (Cassidy Thorpe)

2. Would you fall for the main love interest? (Ezra Faulkner)
Hahahaha. Only a crazy person would answer this with no.

3. Would you want to strain the main antagonist?

4. Were the characters three dimensional?

Yes, make it to the end before you write Cassie off as a MPDG.

5. Would you like to have tea in a cafe in Eastwood?

Yes- it sounds like every American high school film they showed us Brits. I just want to experience that.

6. Do you like this authors flavour of writing?
Yes, yes, yes, yes. 

7. Was this writing strong or weak?

8. Was the ending to your taste?
It was the perfect ending.

9. If this cover were tea, would you drink it?
It's okay, I prefer the European cover that I have. (Severed Heads, Broken Hearts)

10. Favourite Quote?
"You have this maddening little smile sometimes, like you've just thought of something incredibly witty but are afraid to say it in case no one gets the joke." 

Overview: I have fallen in love with Robyn Schneider. This book is the perfect young adult read. It has a beautiful by flawed narrator, who falls for a beautiful but flawed girl. This book has the characteristics of just another love story, but with Schneider's wit, and awesome character description this book has an edge. It has an ending you don't expect and instead of being just another MPDG, Cassie fights against the image and Schneider turns the concept on its head. For that I give Schneider a standing ovation, a place on my bookshelf next to John Green and the invitation to Google Hangout with me whenever she wants.


  1. I must put this on my to-read list, sounds interesting! Glad to hear that Cassie isn't a MPDG, that was what popped into my head when I read the blurb above!
    Kath -

    1. I know- that was what really worried me about reading the book too. If you've read Paper Towns by John Green, Cassie is similar to Margo in the respect of a MPDG. I hope you like it!- Izzy