The Beginning of Everything

 Author: Robyn Schneider 
 Genre:  Young Adult, Contemporary , Coming of Age

Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Publication Date: January 1st  2013
Kindle Edition: 336 Pages

 My Rating: ★★★  

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Goodreads Summary:

Robyn Schneider’s book, originally titled Severed Heads, Broken Hearts is a witty and heart-wrenching teen novel that will appeal to fans of books by John Green and Ned Vizzini and novels such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

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 career as a jock, and his social life.

With lyrical writing, nerdy humor, and realistic romance, Robyn Schneider’s The Beginning of Everything is a story about how difficult it is to play the part people expect, and how new beginnings can stem from abrupt and tragic endings.



I can’t write a spoiler free review for this book because there are just so many thoughts and opinions I have to share But, if you enjoy Doctor Who and Harry Potter references galore, read this! Just read in it in general.

GoinIFg into this book, I knew nothing about it and I’m glad I went into it that way. The beginning of this book starts off very wild! My jaw dropped, immediately! It was an amazing attention grabber!

The concept of this book was very unique. Before reading this book, I had never read a book that involved characters on the debate team and tennis. I was very used to baseball or football players (jocks) and just kids trying to get by. I loved the group of friends Ezra tagged along with throughout the book; Toby, Luke, Sam, Austin, Phoebe and…Cassidy.

The dialogue w734179dc-2b7a-497d-a973-abad7ce7df27as perfect. It had the perfect amount of humor and wit that I want in a book! The characters made LOTS of Harry Potter references and jokes, it was great! They had me laughing quite a bit. My emotions were definitely on a rollercoaster (pun intended) throughout this book. One minute I was cringing and the next I was laughing or tense.The descriptions were so flawless! I was super hungry or imagining a lot throughout this book. Just the writing in general was excellent.

This story wasn’t just a love story, which I liked a lot. It is also about friendship and coming of age. I could relate to Ezra‘s story when he was going through figuring out who is true friends really were. When I was a senior in high school (like Ezra), I found a great group of friends that I stuck with for a couple years. But, I had trouble finding a set group of people I could be myself around and I am glad that Ezra stuck with them, cause’ they’re awesome! Seriously, I wish I was apart of their group! They did bizarre, fun things – THE SLIENT FLASH MOB!!! They are a really fun group of people! I’d probably just be in it for the floating theater night, though. – IT’S SO COOL!

Cassidy reminded me of Alaska Young from Looking for Alaska by John Green. She was very mysterious and moody. I didn’t like her as much and constantly knew she was lying to Ezra, she was pretty shady and untrustworthy. Ezra deserved better than that. She tended to annoy me a lot. But, she was also good for Ezra in a way. She made him think and gave him insight and adventure. Also, she was badass in her Hogwarts uniform!

Ezra starts to realize how his old friends (the tennis jocks) treat other kids in their school, especially when Toby says “faggot again?“. I loved seeing Ezra recognize what they were doing and gaining confidence to make decisions on his own. I was so glad he decided to stick with the debate team crew.

RIP Copper. I thought I wasn’t going to be able to finish this book when this happened. I really almost stopped. I never really get attached or upset when a pet dies in a book but this one just stabbed me in the heart.  I think it was the description of it 😦

Overall, I enjoyed this book so much. I have never read a book like this, it gave me so many FEELS. I kept thinking of this as a movie and seriously it needs to get picked up! I can’t wait to reread this! I could talk about this forever, let me know what you thought of this book! 


“It’s porn if you use a self-timer” she explained, as though it was obvious.  

“But I just sat there laughing ad unscathed because I’m an immortal, hundred-year-old vampire”.

“I still think that everyone’s life, no matter how unremarkable, has a singular tragic encounter after which everything that really matters will happen”

“Tennis was like a video game, one that I’d beat a million times, with the pleasure of winning long gone”

“I’d never seen anyone like her, and I couldn’t help but stare”

“No one went looking for adventure; they chased it away”

“Words could betray you if you chose the wrong ones, or mean less if you used too many” 

“The glow of the streetlight washed over her, and it struck me as an afterthought that she was beautiful”

“YOU CAN ALWAYS tell when it’s Friday. There’s an excitement specific to Friday’s.”

“How many beers do ya’ll think it takes before one internationally respected scientist turns to another and says, ‘Dude,  bet you twenty bucks I can levitate a frog with a magnet’ Sam drawled.”

“Maybe Cassidy was right- maybe it was only girlfriends who stayed mad at you”.

“I’m as serious as a car crash.”

“She leaves a trail of broken hearts, and she either doesn’t realize or doesn’t care.”

“As always she left me wanting more, and dreaming of what it would be like if I ever got it.”

“The world does tend towards chaos, you know,”

“But the point isn’t whether or not you believe in imaginary people; it’s whether or not you want to.”

“All of our longings are universal longings,” Cassidy said. 

“It was as though I was collecting memories of her; as though I know or suspected, what was coming”

“Some people have the fear of public speaking. I have a fear of leaving voicemails.”

“Sometimes it isn’t worth confirming what we already know about people we understand so well.”

“A snowman in a town where it didn’t snow, made by a boy who couldn’t wait to leave, and given to a girl who never belonged”

 “As far as I know, scientists have yet to discover the proper reaction to ‘I’m Sorry’.”

“Because the way I figure it, everyone gets a tragedy.”

“The smarter you are, the more tempting it is to just let people imagine you.”

“She lent a spark, perhaps, or tendered the flame, but the arson was mine.”


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