Saturday, April 20, 2013

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider


 Robyn Schneider’s The Beginning of Everything is a lyrical, witty, and heart-wrenching novel about how difficult it is to play the part that people expect, and how new beginnings can stem from abrupt and tragic endings.
~Goodreads

Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Number of Pages: 330
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Ellie, age 16

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is ready for a broader, fresher plot with a love story laced in between
~Kenzie, age 17


Going into this book, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. My fondness for YA realistic fiction books has been dulled by the many cookie-cutter plots and characters that usually inhabit this genre, but this book….well, it is very, very different. Completely unique and a fantastic read, Severed Head, Broken Hearts by Robyn Schneider is a book you’ll truly enjoy reading.

The book follows the life of Ezra Faulkner: resident golden-boy, Capitan of the tennis team, boyfriend of the most popular girl in school….Ezra has it all. However, that all changes when he gets into a car crash that crushes his leg, destroying his chances of playing tennis anymore and also ruining his social prowess. This tragedy propels him into an adventure unlike any other, and by his side is the mysterious new girl, Cassidy Thorpe.

This book reads a bit like a John Green novel. Real and honest, it accurately portrays how a teenager thinks and feels while also being entertaining and insightful. It has real feeling, and Schneider’s ability to write and provoke emotion in the reader is outstanding. I had a hard time putting the book down!
Schneider does just as an exquisite job in characterization as in provoking emotion. Ezra and Cassidy are fabulous main characters and the secondary characters are just as intriguing. Near the end of the novel, Cassidy begins to resemble a cookie-cutter heroine (an aspect that didn’t really please me) but overall she remains the quirky character that I adored.

This book has multiple plots occurring, all expertly twisted together. Between Ezra and Cassidy’s relationship, Ezra’s difficulty in navigating between social cliques, Cassidy’s secrets, and the all antics that the characters get into, the reader is never bored.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys books by John Green or realistic fiction with a twist. 

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Happy reading!
Ellie & Kenzie

17 comments:

  1. WOW! This is an awesome giveaway! Thank you so much! Um, let's see... latest contemporary was... One Week Girlfriend! It's not my all-time favorite, but it's my latest contemporary read, and I really liked it! I totally recommend it, especially if you're usually not a fan of New Adult novels. It's a good one!

    Thank you again! <3

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    1. Oh, good to know! I'm usually a girl who needs action-packed, otherwordly books to keep me interested, but when I find a good contemp I'm really satisfied! My favorites are Stephanie Perkins' novels!

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    2. I have never read any of Perkins' novels! I'm usually a fantasy girl. I heart fantasy SO MUCH :D

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  2. My latest was The Name o fthe Star, which was brilliant!! But my favorite is The Fault in Our Stars.

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    1. I STILL NEED TO READ THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. So excited! But I don't want to cry...

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  3. I've read too many to have one favorite, but the most recent contemp that I read was If He Had Been With Me, and I really enjoyed it.

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  4. It has been a while since I've read contemp because I've been so focused on other genres, but I have to say that I really loved Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry. Can't wait for Dare You To!

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    1. I'm so glad you mentioned this one because I have Pushing the Limits and it's been sitting on my shelf, waiting to be read. It'll have to move up on my TBR list now.

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    2. I would definitely recommend that you do. I was very pleasantly surprised by it.

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  5. Oh gosh, I usually stay away from contemporary since it disappoints me half the time, but I really enjoyed That Time I Joined the Circus. It was light and funny, though the romance was slightly weird to me.

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    1. I would agree that it's hard to find ones that keep me engaged! I love Stephanie Perkins' novels and I also loved Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols! I'll have to check out That Time I Joined the Circus!

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  6. My most recent contemp favorite is Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins and I can't wait for her third book to come out later this year. I also can't wait for The Beginning of Everything to come out, which is why I'm here!

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  7. Last great contemporary is The Fault in Our Stars :)

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    1. You can't really go wrong with John Green, right?

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