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The Beginning of Everything

Schneider, Robyn (eBook - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Beginning of Everything
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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."--
Authors: Schneider, Robyn
Title: The beginning of everything
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Publisher: New York : Katherine Tegen Books, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Summary: "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."--
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 0062217151
9780062217158
Statement of Responsibility: Robyn Schneider
Subject Headings: California Fiction California Juvenile fiction Family life California Fiction Debates and debating Fiction Schools Fiction High schools Fiction Interpersonal relations Fiction People with disabilities Fiction Families California Juvenile fiction Debates and debating Juvenile fiction Schools Juvenile fiction High schools Juvenile fiction Interpersonal relations Juvenile fiction People with disabilities Juvenile fiction
Genre/Form: Electronic books
Topical Term: Family life
Debates and debating
Schools
High schools
Interpersonal relations
People with disabilities
Families
Debates and debating
Schools
High schools
Interpersonal relations
People with disabilities
Additional Physical Form Entry: Print version: Schneider, Robyn. Beginning of everything. 1st ed. New York : Katherine Tegen Books, 2013 9780062217134 (DLC) 2012030976 (OCoLC)810273543
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*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).

Aug 08, 2014
  • the_reading_shell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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!

Jul 31, 2014
  • violet_flamingo_261 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jan 02, 2014
  • EPLGreatStuff_Julie rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

A sweet story of how to deal with life's unexpected tragedies. This books grabbed me right away, and I had to find out what Ezra would choose to do with his life after his accident.

Oct 19, 2013
  • gvlee rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A coming of age novel about a grade 12 boy. Not the usual commercial drivel that deals with teen romance and peer pressure. There is genuinely good writing, with humour and with insights. Teens and adults alike will appreciate this novel. Warning to parents of very young teens: There is some sexual content. More appropriate for high school age or older.

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Jul 31, 2014
  • violet_flamingo_261 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Aug 08, 2014
  • the_reading_shell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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