Book Review: The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

13522285Title: The Beginning of Everything

Author: Robyn Schneider

Published: August 27, 2013

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Pages: 335

Source: Copy provided by publisher (Thank you, Harper Collins Publishers!)

Synopsis: 

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?

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.

*Image and synopsis from Goodreads

My review:

It has been a while since I last read an insightful and profound novel such as this one. I seriously have no words. I feel like everything I’m going to say won’t encapsulate how great it is. As I’m writing this review, my mind struggles with the perfect words to describe the feelings and overall impeccability of this book.

The story starts with a tragedy, an accident that gave main character Ezra Faulkner’s life a tremendous makeover. He meets Cassidy Thorpe, a girl cloaked in layers of mystery; then, they fall in love. Both characters have very different personalities and the book did an amazing task of stringing their lives together in a very compelling manner. Ezra and Cassidy’s relationship is so lovely and special, generating an infinity pool of feels and a series of flails. I’m sure lots of  readers will squirm with delight as they come across sweet Ezra-Cassidy moments. 🙂

The Beginning of Everything is a novel written with heart. Robyn Schneider’s writing has the power to awaken sleeping logical juices with the magnitude of philosophical words. The opening paragraph struck me like a lightning bolt and with that, I knew I was reading something that I will treasure. Truthfulness shines in every chapter, enlightening me to look beyond myself and ponder over my own tragedies. Reading the book pushed me to examine the way I am right now, hence the thought, “Am I living in a panopticon?” (Note: You’ll understand what I’m saying when you read the book. 🙂 ) The descriptions in the story are so picturesque and I’m charmed by the vibrant and poignant writing style of the author. Honestly I think the book is a deep well of emotions. It’s amazing to free fall into the wondrousness of soulful thoughts. I devoured each word by heart hoping that my soul be stained with the story’s inspiring and beautiful message.

Another thing I find engaging is the main character’s narration. In smooth and stellar prose, the story was told the way people normally converse which establishes a personal connection with readers. The hilarious punch lines balanced out the pensive tone of the novel, making it a great entertaining masterpiece. Lastly, the secondary characters have diverse personalities that injected dynamism into the story.

The Beginning of Everything is an exquisite tale of heartbreak and tragedy. Epitomizing the roller coaster ride of life, readers will experience all kinds of ups and downs as well as see the beauty in everything. I highly recommend this book to those who want a realistic, heartfelt, and witty read.

Rating:

5/5 stars

Book Haul: Mythology FTW!

My shiny new books! HOORAY! *throws confetti*

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The highlight of my bookstore visit yesterday was picking up these books. Aren’t they both lovely? I’ve been dying to get a copy of The Chaos of Stars since the first time I read about it on blogs. Hello Egyptian mythology! Interesting, right?  *flails* Now I have a copy! *flails again* 🙂

And Antigoddess! I’m currently reading the e-ARC of this one and gosh, the story is sooooo good! GREEK MYTHOLOGY IS L-O-V-E. ❤ I can drown in the book’s awesomeness ALL DAY. Now that the book’s out in the wild, I just have to get myself a finished copy. For after all, that’s what I do every time I read an ARC and fall in love with the story. 🙂 Can’t wait to share with you my thoughts about Antigoddess as soon as I finish reading it!

How about you, dear readers? What books did you get this week?

*Thank you so much to Nikka of Fully Booked Alabang Town Center customer service for facilitating my book reservations. You are the best! 🙂

Bloggers Forum with Melissa de la Cruz, Alyson Noel, and Margaret Stohl

September 14, 2013 was another memorable day for me and my fellow book bloggers. Why? Because we got to meet three amazing New York Times Bestselling authors! Who are they?

Presenting…

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The fabulous ladies! Alyson Noel, Melissa de la Cruz, and Margaret Stohl

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Q & A

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With Melissa, Alyson and Margaret 🙂

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Bloggers unite! 🙂

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L-R: Maricar of Blackplume, Leslie of Bibliophilekid, Kazhy of My Library in the Making, Me, Sab of Sab The Book Eater, Algel of The Literary Panda, Louisse of The Soul Sisters, Kayla of The Bookish Owl, Lyra of Defiantly Deviant, Precious of Fragments of Life, Kai of Amaterasu Reads, and Dianne of Oops! I Read A Book Again

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PH YA Book Bloggers w/ the authors and Chad Dee of National Bookstore

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With Alyson Noel!

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With Melissa de la Cruz!

(Photo from Kate of The Bookaholic Blurbs)

I also had a photo taken with Margaret Stohl but unfortunately, my camera wasn’t able to capture that moment well. The photo was blurred. BOO!  I have more pictures from the event but they were all unfocused and foggy. UGH. Of all days, why did my camera choose to suck at an important event? 😦 Anyway, I’m glad I still managed to get a few good shots with my camera before it acted up. Thanks to fellow blogger Kate for graciously allowing me to grab some photos from her Facebook page.  🙂

Here are my signed copies of Icons, Frozen, and Fated which were taken using my phone. Squeeee! 🙂

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Thank you Chad and JB of National Bookstore for the invite! I had a great time! Till the next bookish event. 🙂 To my fellow bloggers, I hope to see you again soon!

 

Epic Book Haul!

AAAAHHH NEW BOOKS!!! ❤

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For review: 

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (ARC)

Sick by Tom Leveen (ARC)

The Oathbreaker’s Shadow by Amy McCulloch

How to Love by Katie Cotugno (ARC)

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

Seven Wonders #2: Lost in Babylon by Peter Lerangis (ARC)

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Gifted: 

When the World Was Flat (and we were in love) by Ingrid Jonach

Parallel by Lauren Miller (ARC)

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Bought:

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (from Fully Booked)

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover (from Fully Booked–MIBF)

Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi (From Fully Booked–MIBF)

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks (From Fully Booked–MIBF)

Thank you to Scholastic Press, Abrams and Chronicle Books UK, Harper Collins Publishers, Amy McCulloch, Kayla of The Bookish Owl, Kai of Amaterasu Reads,  and the customer service staff of Fully Booked Alabang Town Center. 🙂

Special thanks to my cousin Anabelle De La Paz for facilitating the delivery of The Dream Thieves to my home. 🙂