YA contemporaries · YA stand alones · Young Adult

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider


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 finds himself at the table of misfits, where he encounters new girl Cassidy Thorpe. Cassidy is unlike anyone Ezra’s ever met, achingly effortless, fiercely intelligent, and determined to bring Ezra along on her endless adventures.

But as Ezra dives into his new studies, new friendships, and new love, he learns that some people, like books, are easy to misread. And now he must consider: if one’s singular tragedy has already hit and everything after it has mattered quite a bit, what happens when more misfortune strikes?



The story started with an impact that made me cringe every time I put it down. It ended with me thinking about my friends and how the book made me think of all the times I’m willing someone to pull me out of my misery when all along all I needed is my self.

Photo by Angel Natalie
Photo by Angel Natalie

The author made it so realistic that she finished it with a realistic ending.

A must read for teenagers.

Rate: 5/5

—Angel Natalie


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