The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

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Robyn Schneider's The Beginning of Everything is a witty and heart-wrenching teen novel that will appeal to fans of books by John Green and Ned Vizzini, novels such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and classics like The Great Gatsby and The Catcher in the Rye.

Varsity tennis captain, Ezra Faulkner, was supposed to be homecoming king, but that was before—before his girlfriend cheated on him, before a car accident shattered his leg, and before he fell in love with unpredictable new girl Cassidy Thorpe.

As Kirkus Reviews said in a starred review, "Schneider takes familiar stereotypes and infuses them with plenty of depth. Here are teens who could easily trade barbs and double entendres with the characters that fill John Green's novels."

Funny, smart, and including everything from flash mobs to blanket forts to a poodle who just might be the reincarnation of Jay Gatsby, The Beginning of Everything is a refreshing contemporary twist on the classic coming-of-age novel—a heart-wrenching story about how difficult it is to play the part that people expect, and how new beginnings can stem from abrupt and tragic endings.

 

About Robyn Schneider

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Robyn Schneider is a writer, actor, and online personality who misspent her youth in a town coincidentally similar to Eastwood. Robyn is a graduate of Columbia University, where she studied creative writing, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where she studied medical ethics. She lives in Los Angeles, California, but also on the internet. You can watch her vlogs at www.youtube.com/robynisrarelyfunny and follow her on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and Instagram.
 
Published August 27, 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books. 353 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Smart writing and a compelling narrator raise this book above ordinary depictions of high school drama.

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A pair of young adult novels are built around the diverse meaning of sports at turning points in their heroes’ lives.

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The Bookbag

This is one of the most literary teen books I've read for a long time - up there with John Green - and it's a delight to read, especially thanks to frequent references to The Great Gatsby, one of my favourite ever novels.

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Robyn Schneider's THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING is a witty and heart-wrenching teen novel that will appeal to fans of books by John Green and Ned Vizzini, novels such as THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, and classics like THE GREAT GATSBY and THE CATCHER IN THE RYE.

Aug 27 2013 | Read Full Review of The Beginning of Everything

Once Upon a Twilight

I like John Green okay and really like Perks and The Great Gatsby, hopefully this'll be good.

Nov 01 2014 | Read Full Review of The Beginning of Everything

Gr 9 Up—Ezra Faulkner believes that everyone has a tragedy waiting to happen that will be their life-changing moment. In the summer before seventh grade, his best friend, Toby, had his moment when he inadvertently caught the severed head of a boy who was decapitated on a ride in Disneyland. Ezra ...

Jul 01 2013 | Read Full Review of The Beginning of Everything

Gr 9 Up—Ezra Faulkner believes that everyone has a tragedy waiting to happen that will be their life-changing moment. In the summer before seventh grade, his best friend, Toby, had his moment when he inadvertently caught the severed head of a boy who was decapitated on a ride in Disneyland. Ezra ...

Jul 01 2013 | Read Full Review of The Beginning of Everything

Gr 9 Up—Ezra Faulkner believes that everyone has a tragedy waiting to happen that will be their life-changing moment. In the summer before seventh grade, his best friend, Toby, had his moment when he inadvertently caught the severed head of a boy who was decapitated on a ride in Disneyland. Ezra ...

Jul 01 2013 | Read Full Review of The Beginning of Everything

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