Published by Katherine Tegen Books on August 27, 2013
Genres: Chick lit, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Romance, Young Adult
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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.
“Oscar Wilde once said that to live is the rarest thing in the world, because most people just exist, and that’s all. I don’t know if he’s right, but I do know that I spent a long time existing, and now, I intend to live.”
I still can’t get over that line. It’s the last line, the “ending” line of The Beginning of Everything, and it’s awesome. The line brings about hope for the unforeseen future for our main character, Ezra Faulkner. I love love this book so much. It’s not just a contemporary romance book, but it’s a “finding yourself” kind of book, realizing your potentials as a human being. I love the witty and smart conversations between characters, also the dumb ones. Robyn schneider basically compared two social statuses where Ezra is torn with. The jocks’ table or the smart people’s table. Both are popular in a way but also different. I think the comparison is showed perfectly in the book. And Ezra belonged to the jocks prior to his awful accident which ended him being “crippled”.
I love love Ezra. He believes everyone has their own tragedy waiting to happen that will be your “make or break” transition to a more or less life. I think he is right in a way that there tragedies happen to everyone and it’s only a matter of when. Small tragedies doesn’t make you but big ones does. In my personal life, I think I just got through one (but i will not elaborate because that will be one separate book of its own). Anyway, I admire Ezra for his boldness to just finally admit he really is a smart guy and better off without the jocks. Though I also appreciated his popular friends because they really didn’t reject him but still invites him to parties and stuff. It’s just that he realized he really did not belong there, and they’re not true friends. I guess you also realize who your real friends are when you’re inside a tornado.
Cassidy Thorpe. Another character in the book, is somewhat really mysterious and kind of one of the sparks that brought Ezra to realize what he has to realize about his life. I sort of expected the twist in the story early in the novel, but to have it be confirmed in the ending just broke me too. Okay, it made me a little smug too. Haha.
So really this not-so coming of age but knowing who you truly are book is amazing. Maybe it will be a spark for you to realize to live and not just exist,yeah?