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The Beginning of Everything

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  33,643 Ratings  ·  3,970 Reviews
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 fi
Hardcover, 335 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Katherine Tegen (first published January 1st 2013)
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Aug 30, 2013 Keertana rated it it was ok
Shelves: why-the-hype
Rating: 1.5 Stars

I almost feel like laughing, but not quite. The Beginning of Everything is majorly over-hyped, but I suspect that's because of the nature of YA. We've come to expect a very standard, happily-ever-after-esque, unrealistic portrayal of life from YA. We assume the end of the book is the end of these characters lives and don't bother to think about them breaking up with their "true love" in three months or rushing off to college and possibly creating another screwed up parental rela
Emily May
Feb 13, 2013 Emily May marked it as dnf
No rating because I didn't make it very far with this. No real review either but I'm going to share a few thoughts on my initial impressions, mostly because I want you to tell me if I'm wrong. I just got the feeling almost straight away that this wouldn't be my type of book. The first chapter starts very well, great male narrator's voice and a rather shocking opening with Toby. Then the next few chapters reminded me of a Taylor Swift music video. And I don't mean that in a general way, I mean it ...more
Cait Grace
I have exactly 2 emotions right now. TWO. RAGE AND DISAPPOINTMENT. And I know I'm not the world's biggest fan of contemporary, but I loved Extraordinary Means so I thought this book would be a clear winner! BUT NO. It was tedious and slow and left me unsatisfied and angry. I think I should like to growl.

But here is a list. Because you were totally hanging out for a list. I JUST KNOW IT.

Why This Book Monstrously Disappointed Me:

• First of all, it felt like it was trying so hard to be John Green.
Aug 12, 2013 Giselle rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own, contemporary
I was waiting in line and happened to have this book with me, and after only 10 minutes I was already hooked. The first few pages recount a horrifying situation that is bound to shock anyone, and already I could put myself in their shoes and feel it changing these boys for life. Then shortly after, we're brought into the second shock of the book: the accident that changed Ezra's life.

The Beginning of Everything is narrated by Ezra, a one-time golden boy who's now feeling out of place with his ca
Jan 13, 2016 Christina rated it really liked it
Hmm...can't decide between 3.5 or 4 stars...but in that range somewhere.

" I think that everyone has a tragedy waiting for them, that the people buying milk in their pajamas or picking their noses at stoplights could be only moments away from disaster. That everyone's life, no matter how unremarkable, has a moment when it will become extraordinary - a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen. "

For former golden boy Ezra Faulkner, his tragedy is in the form of a reck
Feb 08, 2014 Brittany rated it liked it
I think it’s possible for someone who didn’t really look at this book too critically to be tricked into wholeheartedly liking it. Otherwise, I can’t imagine someone actually thinking this is a good novel.
I read a review where the writer said this is the perfect book for the average tumblr user, and that is just so completely accurate (this also makes sense when you consider the fact that in the author's biography it describes her as an “internet personality”…).
This story caters to “nerds” by wri
May 22, 2016 Angela rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-it-and-weep
The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider is a book about a boy named Ezra Faulkner. He's the definition of a parents wet dream; that is until his world comes crashing down on him... Well its not the world it's more like a car. Ezra use to be a star tennis player, the most popular guy in school, had the most popular girl in school as his girlfriend, and makes pretty good grades. He's living the high school dream until he walks in on his girl friend cheating on him at a party; where he gets ...more
Sep 05, 2013 JTony rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
I pretty seriously hated this book. Loathed it actually. I really only finished it so that I could write a scathing review because I really hated it that much.

The characters are barely more than cardboard cutouts made from restroom gender icons with pithy words scrawled on them in red sharpie. Not a lot of substance but indicators as to what we're supposed to think of them. I didn't think much of them, I can tell you that. They are shallow, immature, emotionally crippled and selfish with little
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ (of BADGER and Snake)
*3.5 Stars*

I thought about the metal in my knee, replacing this piece of me that was missing, that no longer worked. And it wasn't my heart, I kept telling myself. It wasn't my heart.

Ah, So. I'm going to venture out and say I have no clue what I want to say. There. Simple. I said it. Except...I had so much to say. I had little notes written here and there and I found some great enjoyment and humor from page one to the end. And then there was so much sadness entwined in each layer
Jaime Arkin
Sometimes I think that everyone has a tragedy waiting for them, that the people buying milk in their pajamas or picking their noses at stoplights could be only moments away from disaster. That everyone's life, no matter how unremarkable, has a moment when it will become extraordinary-a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen.

Ezra Faulkner thought he had everything. He was the Golden Boy of Eastwood High. Star tennis player hanging with the popular crowd and dating
Mar 13, 2014 Sophia rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

overall, I feel this book tries too hard. it tries to be meaningful and moving but, ultimately, it feels like a subpar imitation of a john green novel. the main character Ezra is an all right boy. he's relatable but nothing special. the love interest, Cassidy Thorpe, is so cliche. she strives too hard to be different and she consistently irritated me. she loves going on adventures and weaves flower crowns and dresses in vintage dresses--the same as any other girl who is meant to be dep
Aug 26, 2014 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I guess I’m a sucker for happy endings. I like it when life works out in a neat little package wrapped in red ribbon and blue paper, and I find the warm, gooey center filled with sugar and jam. But sometimes life kicks you in the ass, staples your forehead to the living room carpet, and then swipes your lunch money.

While it would have been easy to call this novel cheesy, and then add a bit of sap and honey for good measure, I don’t feel as though that truly sums up THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING. O
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Sep 08, 2015 Aj the Ravenous Reader rated it really liked it
3 to 4 stars

I liked it as much as I liked Looking for Alaska. I think both books seem to be talking about similar themes and even some of the patterns and characters are a bit similar though I would have to say that reading this book is a bit lighter than reading LFA maybe because of the more familiar high school cliches in this book. But despite mentioning the existence of high school cliches in this book, I still liked this. This is another young adult novel that implicitly helps or teaches r
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
The very thing that will be cemented into my head whenever I see this book on the shelves is the very beginning. That's obviously where the title shows its importance. I can't help but wonder if what happened is possibly true. I don't even want to think about it. I actually enjoy the UK version of the cover and the title is also better, but I'm guessing for North American audiences, "Severed Heads" is too brutal. That's the thing though, it would make me pick up that book because of it. If it wa ...more
I picked up this book solely off of my love for Robyn Schneider's latest novel, Extraordinary Means, aching to see if her other works were just as good. Unfortunately, The Beginning of Everything failed to impress me, and I had to force myself to finish it.

What started off, at the very least, as an intriguing premise, quickly turns into a tedious and unimaginitive story that is laughably predictable. Ezra is in the center of the school's spotlight when a car crash leaves him suffering from a cr
May 02, 2015 TL rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to TL by: impulse buy at the bookstore
3.5 stars


This one took awhile to pick up for me... I considered throwing in the towel a couple times but kept going,hoping it would get better.The beginning is shocking horrifying with Toby... nice opening section to pull your readers in hmm?

The characters and story grew on me but I never got fully invested in the story. There'a plenty of wit, humor, and sadness sprinkled throughout with some drama in as well. A couple scenes did have me tearing up and everything coming together at the end wi
May 19, 2015 Maureen rated it liked it
3.5/5 stars
This was a really enjoyable read! I enjoyed it.
At the beginning it felt a lot like it was trying too hard, and there were parts of the book that felt like that it was trying to be a really deep and meaningful book. Overall, though, it was a really enjoyable contemporary and I liked the characters a lot! I would probably read it again.
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Jul 21, 2015 Chelsea (chelseadolling reads) rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
Ugh. This ended up being such a disappointment. For the first 2/3rds of this book I was cruising steady at 4 stars, but it just totally fell apart at the end. I have no idea what even happened or why. So unsatisfying.
Oct 27, 2012 Roan marked it as to-read
OCT. 27, 2012 and there it is..... the cover.

Very nice. pretty cool.

I felt like this book was misleading. The first 3 chapters were really good but after that, I felt like the plot shifted and focused too much on Ezra and Cassidy's relationship. Also, I did not like Cassidy. She didn't seem like a believable character to me. I couldn't figure out why Ezra was so intrigued by her? I wanted to hear more about Ezra's strained friendship with his childhood buddy, Toby. This book just never got "off the ground" for me. Very draggy and disappointing. Robyn Schneider's ...more
Oct 26, 2015 Gökçe rated it really liked it
Yazarın dilini çok beğendim. O kadar güzel alıntılar, zekice planlamış espriler vardı ki. Aynı zamanda hayatın içinden alınmış gibiydi. Özellikle karakterler çok gerçekçi geldi. Hiçbiri mükemmel değil, her birinin kusurları var. Ama bunlar sizi rahatsız etmiyor. Dediğim gibi onları daha gerçekçi kılıyor. Ezra’nın hayata bakış açısının değişmesi, kendini bulması bir noktada bize de yardımcı olucak türden. Eğer içten, sevimli, aynı zamanda hem hüzünlü hem de komik bir kitap arıyorsanız, bir şans v ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Aug 27, 2013 Christina (A Reader of Fictions) rated it really liked it
Shelves: yabc-reviews, arc
Robyn Schneider's novel underwent a title change from Severed Heads, Broken Hearts to The Beginning of Everything. Both titles I think are fitting for the story within, though I must say I feel a certain affection for the original, which conveys both the humor and the darkness of Schneider's witty, brilliant debut.

Ezra Faulkner theorizes that no one's life really begins until they go through a personal tragedy. This may seem an odd sort of belief, but it makes sense. Tragedy has a way of puttin
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Thank you Simon and Schuster Australia for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review.

“You have this maddening little smile sometimes, like you've just thought of something incredibly witty but are afraid to say it in case no one gets the joke.”

Severed Heads, Broken Hearts (or The Beginning of Everything) was one of my most highly anticipated novels of 2013. So when going into this, I had high expectations. And for what see
Jun 26, 2015 Leahxx rated it it was amazing
I honestly liked this more than I liked any John Green book. Not that I don't love his books, but I just thought this book was so special, I guess. It really spoke to me and made me feel all kinds of things. And the characters were amazing and brilliant and it was a great representation of wasted potential in high school found in stuck up populars. It's about a classic jock that doesn't have any real ambitions outside of sports and popularity and the struggle of overcoming that by becoming a soc ...more
Nov 09, 2013 Abida rated it liked it
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Jessica (priceiswong)
Jun 10, 2015 Jessica (priceiswong) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
"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." - Ezra Faulkner

Wow. So this book surprised me. I REALLY, really enjoyed Robyn Schneider's writing. She really knows how to create really realistic, witty, amazing characters. I definitely related to most of them and loved all of the Harry Potter and Doctor Who references. If I
Jun 10, 2015 Taissa rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
This book included some of my most favorite things such as:
Favorite movie/movies
Favorite person
Favorite classic novel.
So of course I had to give this a high rating.
That and I adored it. <33
2.5 stars!
Jul 15, 2015 Emily rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fans of John Green
Shelves: ya-contemorary
Paper Towns.. without the road trip?

Let me start out by saying that I kind of liked Paper Towns. I mean, I had never read anything like it before so when I finished it I was feeling pretty positive. I like it considerably a lot less the second time around. Just like PT, The Beginning of Everything involves a MPDG (Manic Pixie Dream Girl) who turns out to be extremely lost in life, and a boy who falls victim to it.

I feel like this book is marketed towards being more of a romance, but it really is
Inah (The Bibliophile Confessions)

This was the second book I’ve read from Robyn Schneider, the first one being Extraordinary Means which won’t come out until May 2015, and I’m really amazed by the way she writes. When I read the ARC of Extraordinary Means last year, I told myself Robyn has to be an auto-buy author for me. This novel just solidified that fact more.

This book tells the story of Ezra Faulkner, one of the most popular boys in their school and how he fell in love with Cassidy Thorpe, the new girl.

This b
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Robyn Schneider is a writer, actor, and online personality who misspent her youth in a town coincidentally similar to Eastwood. Robyn is a graduate of Columbia University, where she studied creative writing, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where she studied medical ethics. She is also the author of the middle grade Knightley Academy books, written as Violet Haberdasher. She ...more
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“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 spend a long time existing, and now, I intend to live.” 439 likes
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