The Beginning of Everything, Robyn Schneider

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  1. bachbooks Says:

    Summary:
    Before a car accident ends his tennis career and cripples his social life, Ezra Faulkner enjoys the social status of “the big man on campus.” Ezra has the perfect “OC” life. He comprises one half of the school’s “it couple,” surrounds himself with a host of friends from the tennis team and student government, and enjoys the prime table at lunch each day. After his accident, Ezra finds himself limping along physically, socially, and emotionally, until he reconnects with an old friend in his speech and debate class. Next, he meets a mysterious and eccentric new girl, Cassidy Thorpe, who awakens him to life beyond his bubble and helps Ezra appreciate his new lease on (social) life.

    Evaluation:
    I enjoyed reading this story of the athlete fallen young, as Cassidy, Toby, and the debate club seemed to bring out the best in Ezra. However, at times, the “plastics” seemed a little too plastic and life a little too different on either side of the social divide between the jocks and the debate team. A beautiful enigma, Cassidy reminded me a bit of Alaska Young of Looking for Alaska. Her relationship with Ezra propelled the story and kept me reading. Robyn Schneider cleverly turned the curse of Ezra’s accident into a blessing; his life got derailed, but he was originally headed for a plastic nowhere. This entertaining read falls short of similar books by John Green and Rainbow Rowell, but it does guide readers to reconsider the role of “tragedy” in life.

    Rating: 3.5 stars

    Recommendations: Eleanor & Park, The Fault in Our Stars, Why We Broke Up, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Looking for Alaska, Fangirl

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