Book Review: The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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?

My mini-review:

“If everything really does get better, the way everyone claims, then happiness should be graphable. But that’s crap, because better isn’t quantifiable.”

I felt like I was waiting for something to happen throughout this entire novel, which is silly, because things were indeed happening (it’s just that I didn’t really care when they did). I will say that this book did manage to surprise me with a little plot twist near the end. I actually wasn’t expecting that. It could have been because I wasn’t really consumed by the story, but I still think it’s an impressive feat.

★★★ (3.5 stars) for not being not-so-tragically tragic. I think the title “Severed Heads, Broken Hearts” should have been kept.

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