Pg. 1: “that everyone’s life, no matter how unremarkable, has a moment when it will become extraordinary-a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen.”
Pg. 108: “he went on talking about how opposites could actually be the same thing, and how they occurred together in nature, not actually opposites at ally but simply destined to take part in different reactions.”
Pg. 205 “not that I was planning on reading many of them, but it was a nice feelings being able to glance at my bookshelves and contemplate the possibility of it. To think that a small piece of my bedroom finally represented me.”
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.
I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars
This is another one of those books that leaves me in complete awe. This was an outstanding story of finding out who you are and what matters most in your life; and learning the importance of living your life rather than simply existing in it. I would have given this book 6 stars if I could. I would absolutely read this again, and recommend it to anyone, no matter the age.