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The Beginning of Everything - Review by Emily, Teen Blogger


A Fill-it-in Review.

The Beginning of Everything-book coverTitle: The Beginning of Everything

Author: Robyn Schneider

Summary: A remarkable coming of age story which follows a young man by the name of Ezra Faulkner who suffers an injury that’s enough to change the course of his life. Ostracized and alone, Ezra is forced to finally become himself and get to know the people around him, including the new girl in town, in a way he had never attempted before. Comedic, honest, and occasionally poignant, The Beginning of Everything answers the question of what one would do if they had to start all over.

Six word review: Brilliantly written-the perfect summer read.

How many stars (out of 10) would you give this book & why?

Easily 9/10, because while it just doesn’t reach the same level that other books of its genre do, such as Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, with every character being one I fell in love with, it’s still an excellently written, relatable, and very honest book.

I started reading it because….I kept reading it because…

I originally wanted to read it because I had been reading so many reviews of it on different blogs and in magazines, but I picked it up from the library because the bright yellow cover caught my eye from the shelf. I continued reading it because, somehow, there was something charming about Ezra and the way he told his story. I desperately wanted to find out where his life was going to lead next and could not put the book down.

Gut reaction:

As soon as I started reading the book, I felt like it was completely relatable and was written very true to the teenage mind.

Discuss:

I often find that when reading certain books, I ask the following questions to see if I want to continue reading: Do I care about the characters? Do I care about what happens next in the story? Do I want to see if everything turns out well by the end? If the answer to any of those questions is no, I put the book down. Had I asked myself any of those questions while reading this book, every answer would have been a resounding yes! I cared very deeply for the characters, so much so that when I finished the book, I felt like I’d said goodbye to a friend. I wanted things to turn out well for them and I cared about what happened in their (fictional) lives. For me, that’s a sign of a very good book: I want to run to all of my real life friends and tell them about it.

What you loved/hated/couldn’t get enough of…

As great as Ezra and all of his friends were, the main female character in the novel, Cassidy Thorpe, was a little annoying to me. I know I’m supposed to love her because she gets along with Ezra and I love Ezra, but I simply can’t. I wish I could because I think it would make me fall head over heels for the book, but I didn’t like her personality or the way that she treated the other characters in the book. As well, there were certain plot points that I found very obviously written. I felt like I could guess what was going to happen long before it actually happened and that ruins the magic in any book. I hoped that the author would try to throw in a twist or surprise, but I didn’t think she did.

If the main character(s) were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To:

Ezra: Most Likely to Succeed at Everything in Life

Cassidy: Most Likely to Sing in a Metal Band

Emily,

Teen Blogger

[Editor's Note: For another review of this book by a Teen Blogger, with a slightly differing reading experience, check out Kathleen's review. Also, check out Seattle Public Library's wonderful teen blog, Push to Talk.We would like to offer a special thanks to the Seattle Public Library for sharing their idea for Fill-it-in reviews with us.]

 

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