The Beginning of Everything

The Beginning of Everything

eBook - 2013
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"Star athelete and prom king Ezra Faulkner's life is irreparably transformed by a tragic accident and the arrival of eccentric new girl Cassidy Thorpe."--
Publisher: New York :, Katherine Tegen Books,, 2013
ISBN: 9780062217158
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Jeanneknits2
Jun 18, 2016

Ezra is a BMOC until he's involve in an accident and everything changes for him. But, he meets an intriguing girl he wouldn't have looked at in his "previous" life and their relationship opens his eyes to new possibilities. An engaging book though I found the ending a bit contrived.

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Freshever
May 12, 2016

It was a really good book but i would have liked it more if Ezra and Cassidy were together at the end even though, real life isn't like that. The main reason people read-or I read is to escape realities tradgedies, not go into someone elses. Other than that it was amazing and written very well

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Jan 12, 2016

The characters in this novel are both quirky and imperfect. The book delves into the politics of high school and perceptions of friendship and popularity. The plot of the novel begins with an incredibly bizarre event, and also ends with a strange turn that doesn’t seem realistic based on these characters. The character of Cassidy was always shrouded in mystery, but the explanation given for her actions seems flimsy, and it really took away from this otherwise well-written novel.

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Queen_Epic
Dec 15, 2015

When Toby catches the decapitated head I LAUGHED MY HEAD OFF! This is a really good book, a lot like TFIOS! But when Cassidy unexpectedly dumps Ezra is like total PLOT TWIST! Also really sad, I cried :'c
But I would totally recommend this book to anyone looking for some cheesiness and something to laugh at! FIVE STARS

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Fongpen
Jun 19, 2015

I picked up this book thinking the main character was a female protagonist- but I was pleasantly surprised!! Some scenes, like the one on the playground and him standing up against that football dude, made me quite literally fall in love with Ezra. But I enjoyed how he still had many faults, and that by the end of the novel he understood that too. It wasn't a normal romance or anything like that, but a relationship with characters who just... I don't know haha. It was so different, in a good way!! I loved the way Ezra's decisions changed along with his character development, and just him in general :D It was nice to see female secondary character who were there as antagonists, but antagonists the reader didn't have to hate in order to understand. An awesome read!

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trilogieslover
May 11, 2015

Ezra Faulkner, the boy who had it all; a hot girlfriend, the captain of the tennis team, even a runner up for prom king. He was the golden boy. One night, after catching his girlfriend with another guy, he’s caught in a car crash. A reckless driver mashes into Ezra’s car, shattering his leg. Ezra ends up missing prom being in the hospital and his chance in a tennis scholarship-gone, he even became an outcast from his “popular click". Ezra thinks everybody will experience a tragedy- their tragedy- when most vulnerable, that it’s a tragedy within a tragedy waiting to happen. Going back to school was Ezra’s nightmare, until he met Cassidy Thorpe, the unmistakable rebel in a group of misfits. A group of misfits where his childhood friend, Toby, stands. Slowly repairing his friendship with Toby, he finds himself in a group he truly develops a close relationship with. Cassidy Thorpe never leaves Ezra’s mind, her out-going, untameable personality and mysterious past might slowly changes his perspective of life. Together they discover wondrous things; treasure hunts, tournaments, sneaking into collage classrooms, even new found love. Although Cassidy seems extraordinarily unordinary, even she has secrets of her own. Answers to why she suddenly left her private school, why she ditched awards ceremony for debate and why she now hates debate. Cassidy might be Ezra’s hope to a better future, but when tragedies aren’t always tragedies, could a blessing not always be a blessing?

Ezra explores love, tragedy and friendship. He learns that not all tragedies are tragedies within themselves, but part of something blooming of beauty. I found this book exceptionally wonderful. This book is unlike other books I`ve read, it’s a one-of-a-kind story. Though it may seem like a knockoff of The Fault in our Stars, it’s nothing compared to it. Reading this book didn`t catch my attention from the beginning, but the striking plot kept me reading. I found the ending to be very memorable. Schneider dared to say what everyone knows but is too afraid to speak. This book was full of witty, funny, sad, sarcastic, comments that will keep you reading. Robyn Schneider couldn`t have done a better job on this book. Combining the raw-truth about life in a witty book, makes everything seems not so…bad. I definitely recommend this book.

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PopcornWithButter
Aug 12, 2014

*SPOILER ALERT*

Oh my God, this made me so sad. If your looking for a happily-ever after-type of book, i warn you: DO NOT READ THIS. I wish Ezra and Cassidy could've been together, I mean, I know that real life dosen't always-actually, hardly ever-ends happily, but that's one of the main reasons why I read: for unrealistic, happily-ever after fairytails. But other then that, it was pretty good, (other than the dog dying and all).

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shellarinelle
Aug 08, 2014

This book was one of the best books I have read! Ezra Flaunker, a senior and a golden-boy, shattered his life when a reckless driver hit his car (I’ll get into detail later). Suffering but living at the same time, his old popular crowd dumped him, and his girlfriend cheated on him, but fortunately, his old friend Toby, who suffered from severed head on his twelfth birthday, invited Ezra to join his group of friends, “the nerds”. There, Ezra encounters new girl Cassidy Thrope, whom he later on falls in love with.

Cassidy is not like any other girl Ezra met. For beginners, she is “hiding” a part of her from the world, which we know when it was told that she suddenly disappeared from debate tournaments, regardless of being the champion of debates.

This book reminded me of The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson. They have a similar plot-- the majority of the story felt like there is something hidden and makes you quite confused. And when the end emerges, you feel like the plot questions haven’t been answered and you start to worry, and in all of a sudden, TMI pours in your head in like, one chapter. And suddenly, you feel like “that makes so much sense” once you reread the story.

The mystery of Cassidy gets answered at the end of the story, and it is discovered that Cassidy’s brother, Owen Thrope committed suicide after being forced to medical school, which caused depression. In despair, Owen ran away from a family party and drove the car away. Meanwhile, Ezra was driving his car home, and his life got shattered. Yes, the reckless driver was Owen, Cassidy’s brother, who later on suicided. Cassidy is trying to get out of this shadow, thus no longer competing in debate tournaments after her brother’s death. This explains why Cassidy broke up with Ezra the last moment before the senior prom. (They were chatting on the phone, Ezra told her the details of his accident, she realized that her brother was the one that shattered Ezra’s life, hung up immediately, and strove to stay away from Ezra.) Later on she explains to Ezra that he reminds her too much about her dead brother, and thought it would be best if they just stayed away from each other. And the book ends with a heartbroken Ezra.

I loved this book! I am glad it was the citywide read this year, and I wish they would recommend more books like this. If you like YA, then this book is made to be yours!

violet_flamingo_261 Jul 31, 2014

This book is SOOOO good! It is about a boy who is injured and so is basically "kicked" out of the popular group. He finds himself sitting with his old friend and finds his life changing drastically! This story is about the boy (Ezra) finding himself, and a new life.

EPLGreatStuff_Julie Jan 02, 2014

Aside from the fact that I couldn't stand Cassidy, I still very much enjoyed this novel. As another reviewer said, this isn't your standard teen novel and that is what makes it good. All in all, this is a realistic story of self-discovery.

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shellarinelle
Aug 08, 2014

The Beginning of Everything

This book was one of the best books I have read! Ezra Flaunker, a senior and a golden-boy, shattered his life when a reckless driver hit his car (I’ll get into detail later). Suffering but living at the same time, his old popular crowd dumped him, and his girlfriend cheated on him, but fortunately, his old friend Toby, who suffered from severed head on his twelfth birthday, invited Ezra to join his group of friends, “the nerds”. There, Ezra encounters new girl Cassidy Thrope, whom he later on falls in love with.

Cassidy is not like any other girl Ezra met. For beginners, she is “hiding” a part of her from the world, which we know when it was told that she suddenly disappeared from debate tournaments, regardless of being the champion of debates.

This book reminded me of The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson. They have a similar plot-- the majority of the story felt like there is something hidden and makes you quite confused. And when the end emerges, you feel like the plot questions haven’t been answered and you start to worry, and in all of a sudden, TMI pours in your head in like, one chapter. And suddenly, you feel like “that makes so much sense” once you reread the story.

The mystery of Cassidy gets answered at the end of the story, and it is discovered that Cassidy’s brother, Owen Thrope committed suicide after being forced to medical school, which caused depression. In despair, Owen ran away from a family party and drove the car away. Meanwhile, Ezra was driving his car home, and his life got shattered. Yes, the reckless driver was Owen, Cassidy’s brother, who later on suicided. Cassidy is trying to get out of this shadow, thus no longer competing in debate tournaments after her brother’s death. This explains why Cassidy broke up with Ezra the last moment before the senior prom. (They were chatting on the phone, Ezra told her the details of his accident, she realized that her brother was the one that shattered Ezra’s life, hung up immediately, and strove to stay away from Ezra.) Later on she explains to Ezra that he reminds her too much about her dead brother, and thought it would be best if they just stayed away from each other. And the book ends with a heartbroken Ezra.

I loved this book! I am glad it was the citywide read this year, and I wish they would recommend more books like this. If you like YA, then this book is made to be yours!

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r3fusingtosink
Jun 23, 2015

"You see? You're just figuring it out now, but I discovered a long time ago that the smarter you are, the more tempting it is to just let people imagine you. We move through each other's lives like ghosts, leaving behind haunting memories of people who never existed."
-Robyn Schneider, The Beginning of Everything

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