The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

Ok first things first this is a YA book, and I freely admit that even as an adult I enjoy good YA books, so what made this a good book for me you ask?  First of all it is told from the male viewpoint which is not all that common in my YA reading experience.  The story is Ezra’s story and he narrates it for us.  The story opens when he is elementary school and his best friend Toby experiences a freak accident at Disney Land during his eighth birthday party.  The events of that day cause the boys to drift apart and we see them again in high school.  Toward the end of Junior year Ezra is leaving a party after finding his girlfriend with another guy and is hurt in a car accident on the way home.  He spends the summer in and out of the hospital and his injuries mean that he will no longer be captain of the tennis team or any sports team.  He returns to school with a cane, a special parking permit and an elevator key.  He spent all his high school years hanging out with the other athletes, but he is no longer one of them, they didn’t even visit him in the hospital, so he is feeling lost to say the least.  He ends up signed up for debate which is headed by his old friend Toby and the two begin to find common ground and renew their friendship.  Enter Cassidy the new girl in the equation, while she is new to Ezra she is a champion debater and has history with Toby and the other members of the debate team.  Ezra is pulled into the world of the debaters and gradually Cassidy makes the way to the center of his world, until she realizes they have more in common that they first thought and no all of it is good.  I found the story touching yet lighthearted.  I’d like to see these characters in another book, perhaps while they are home from college for a summer.  If you enjoy YA fiction, give this one a shot.

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One thought on “The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

  1. Gede Prama says:

    I am happy to read it. Have a beautiful day 🙂

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