The Beginning of Everything (Paperback)

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This book is perfect for fans of John Green. Looking for lyrical prose and self-aware characters? Look no further than Ezra and Cassidy! Ezra, reeling from a life-altering car accident has begun his senior year of high school. Once and athletic darling, he is now forced to navigate the awkward social waters of life-after-sports. Enter Cassidy, the new girl who doesn’t give any care to her own social standing. Ezra, intrigued by this attitude, is drawn to Cassidy like a moth to flame. Devastating, wonderful, realistic, and, above all, memorable.

— From Krys


Robyn Schneider's The Beginning of Everything is a witty and heart-wrenching teen novel that will appeal to fans of books by John Green and Ned Vizzini, novels such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and classics like The Great Gatsby and The Catcher in the Rye.

Varsity tennis captain Ezra Faulkner was supposed to be homecoming king, but that was before--before his girlfriend cheated on him, before a car accident shattered his leg, and before he fell in love with unpredictable new girl Cassidy Thorpe.

As Kirkus Reviews said in a starred review, "Schneider takes familiar stereotypes and infuses them with plenty of depth. Here are teens who could easily trade barbs and double entendres with the characters that fill John Green's novels."

Funny, smart, and including everything from flash mobs to blanket forts to a poodle who just might be the reincarnation of Jay Gatsby, The Beginning of Everything is a refreshing contemporary twist on the classic coming-of-age novel--a heart-wrenching story about how difficult it is to play the part that people expect, and how new beginnings can stem from abrupt and tragic endings.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062217141
ISBN-10: 0062217143
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: July 29th, 2014
Pages: 335
Language: English