The Beginning of EverythingBook - 2013
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blue_mosquito_65 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 16 and 47
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“The way I figured it, keeping quiet was safe. Words could betray you if you choose the wrong ones, or mean less if you used too many.”
"You see? You're just figuring it out now, but I discovered a long time ago that the smarter you are, the more tempting it is to just let people imagine you. We move through each other's lives like ghosts, leaving behind haunting memories of people who never existed."
-Robyn Schneider, The Beginning of Everything
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The Beginning of Everything
This book was one of the best books I have read! Ezra Flaunker, a senior and a golden-boy, shattered his life when a reckless driver hit his car (I’ll get into detail later). Suffering but living at the same time, his old popular crowd dumped him, and his girlfriend cheated on him, but fortunately, his old friend Toby, who suffered from severed head on his twelfth birthday, invited Ezra to join his group of friends, “the nerds”. There, Ezra encounters new girl Cassidy Thrope, whom he later on falls in love with.
Cassidy is not like any other girl Ezra met. For beginners, she is “hiding” a part of her from the world, which we know when it was told that she suddenly disappeared from debate tournaments, regardless of being the champion of debates.
This book reminded me of The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson. They have a similar plot-- the majority of the story felt like there is something hidden and makes you quite confused. And when the end emerges, you feel like the plot questions haven’t been answered and you start to worry, and in all of a sudden, TMI pours in your head in like, one chapter. And suddenly, you feel like “that makes so much sense” once you reread the story.
The mystery of Cassidy gets answered at the end of the story, and it is discovered that Cassidy’s brother, Owen Thrope committed suicide after being forced to medical school, which caused depression. In despair, Owen ran away from a family party and drove the car away. Meanwhile, Ezra was driving his car home, and his life got shattered. Yes, the reckless driver was Owen, Cassidy’s brother, who later on suicided. Cassidy is trying to get out of this shadow, thus no longer competing in debate tournaments after her brother’s death. This explains why Cassidy broke up with Ezra the last moment before the senior prom. (They were chatting on the phone, Ezra told her the details of his accident, she realized that her brother was the one that shattered Ezra’s life, hung up immediately, and strove to stay away from Ezra.) Later on she explains to Ezra that he reminds her too much about her dead brother, and thought it would be best if they just stayed away from each other. And the book ends with a heartbroken Ezra.
I loved this book! I am glad it was the citywide read this year, and I wish they would recommend more books like this. If you like YA, then this book is made to be yours!
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