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My favorite character was Toby, Ezra’s former best friend who becomes his best friend again during the course of the book. He’s so utterly himself that at times I didn’t feel like Ezra deserved him. But having a best friend like Toby means that he must see something in you, and his faith in Ezra made me believe in him too.
The main thing I didn’t like about this book is its stereotypical portrayal of athletes. Here’s the thing: there are high school boys (and grown men, for that matter!) who speak mostly in monosyllables, who thrive on keeping others down, and whose thoughts don’t seem any deeper than the soles of their shoes, but not every athlete is like that…nor should you assume that everyone whose interests are off the beaten path is of above-average intelligence or kindness. I didn’t play a single organized sport growing up, so I’m not feeling defensive because of my own athletic proclivity; I just think it was a narrative technique used to prove a point that came off as a bit hateful. (Yes, I know Ezra’s a former jock, but you can’t tell me that he was the only one on the entire team that had an original thought to his name.)
Okay. Rant over. That might make it sound like I didn’t like this book, which isn’t the case at all. I just wasn’t thrilled about this one aspect of it.
All in all: The cover caught my eye and the story kept me interested. Check it out if you like coming of age stories.
The characters are interesting and the story is full of witty dialogs and is generally well developed and for sure not trivial. The writing style of Ms Schneider is quite good which is impressing since this is her first book.
Overall the book will be to the taste of people who liked Hopeless by Colleen Hoover or The perks of being a wallflower. One may say that The Beginning of Everything is a book which is closer to The Fault in Our Stars by John Green than to Thoughtless series by SC Stephens (the latter is all about blushing and lip-biting...).
The book is not exactly happy end romance. It is more about the problems that a young adult encounters and the decisions one may need to take if to become a decent person.
All in all, if you seek for an interesting and entertaining book for young adults, this one is a good choice and you will not regret reading it. It may be even more interesting to young people than I can imagine (being 36 years old). Still a good read for the old dogs.
John Green books are popular because he doesn’t try to imitate kids in his characters. He doesn’t really try to drop in pop culture references he doesn’t understand or make any apologies for having characters who are essentially mini-adults. In this book, I do feel she tried to do that, and although I’m not a teenager, I feel it was the greatest problem of the book. But in making these stereotypes and a main character who understands how pathetic it was to “rule the school” – we also realize how pathetic it is to judge those who rule the school. In many ways, I would say I didn’t particularly like any of the characters, but enjoyed the book as a whole. It was a quick read with an interesting message at the end that made sense.
The Beginning of Everything reminded me a lot of how John Green writes. It's witty, smart, and at times, scathing. People who spend a lot of time with teenagers will realize that this is exactly how they act. I loved the characters, the bumbling insecurity, the sweet, figuring-it-out moments. The characters were awesome.
I mostly enjoyed the story line. I'll admit, the plot twist surprised me. I thought I had it all figured out and I was wrong. Yay for that. What I didn't like was how long we waited for the reveal, and how it left me twisting in the wind. There wasn't enough substance at the end of the book to leave me satisfied. The reveal was great...the end was...lonely. I get that not all books have a happy ending, and this one wasn't necessarily unhappy, I just wanted more substance, more explanation, and more digging into Cassidy's life. We spend 300+ pages with her, and at the end she's still a mystery, which left me frustrated.
Over all, this book is a great, surprising read. I'd pick up Schneider's other novels.
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