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The Beginning of Everything

The Beginning of Everything
By Robyn Schneider
Katherine Tegen, 2013
Audience: Older Teens

Source: Edelweiss/NetGalley

From Goodreads:
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? 

First off - I loved the original title: Severed Heads, Broken Hearts. It fit the story PERFECTLY, but I suppose the publisher thought that it was a pretty violent title for a teen audience. The title now is bland and it's something that I wouldn't even notice in the bookstore. I want this book to be noticed in the bookstore because it was awesome. That being said, I think that I need to buy this book as soon as possible.

Here's the author explaining why she chose "The Beginning of Everything" as a title. I didn't know it fit well until she explained where it came from. Also, she's awesome. I love her energy! Check it out:

I absolutely loved it. It was a quirky love story and full of self-discovery. The characters were fantastic. Cassidy was my favorite. She even had red hair! She was so intelligent and quick-witted. It broke my heart when I found out why she wouldn't debate anymore. Also, the twist at the end was fantastic, too.  It was sad, but it really added to the story and explained Cassidy's behavior. It wasn't cliche and I didn't see it coming at all.

Robyn Schneider is on my auto-buy list now. I need another book, stat!

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  1. Great review! I've heard some good things about this and a few of the other reviews I have read all mentioned how awesome the old title would have been.


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