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.
Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Number of Pages: 330
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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Ellie & Kenzie
Ellie & Kenzie