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The Beginning of Everything

By Robyn Schneider

The Beginning of Everything
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  • Published in USA  Aug 2013,
    336 pages.
    Age range: Young Adult


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Robyn Schneider's The Beginning of Everything is a witty and heart-wrenching teen novel that will appeal to fans of books by John Green and Ned Vizzini, novels such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and classics like The Great Gatsby and The Catcher in the Rye.

Varsity Tennis captain Ezra Faulkner was supposed to be homecoming king, but that was before - before his girlfriend cheated on him, before a car accident shattered his leg, and before he fell in love with unpredictable new girl Cassidy Thorpe.

As Kirkus said in a starred review, "Schneider takes familiar stereotypes and infuses them with plenty of depth. Here are teens who could easily trade barbs and double entendres with the characters that fill John Green's novels."

Funny, smart, and including everything from flash mobs to blanket forts to a poodle who just might be the reincarnation of Jay Gatsby, The Beginning of Everything is a refreshing contemporary twist on the classic coming of age novel - a heart-wrenching story about how difficult it is to play the part that people expect, and how new beginnings can stem from abrupt and tragic endings.

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"Starred Review. Efficient use of language, evocative descriptions and subtle turns of phrase make reading and rereading this novel a delight. Ages 14 & up " - Kirkus

"Schneider shows remarkable skill at getting inside her narrator's head. Ages 13–up." - Publishers Weekly "Starred Review. This thought-provoking novel about smart kids doing interesting things will resonate with the John Green contingent, as it is tinged with sadness, high jinks, wry humor, and philosophical pondering in equal measures." - Booklist

"This is a wonderfully told story. The dialogue moves the plot along at a fast pace, and Ezra, with all his flaws, is a character to whom readers can relate. Teens won't want to put this one down until the mystery of Cassidy is unraveled at the end." - School Library Journal

"Dazzling. Full of razor-sharp wit, a keen sense of observation, and surprisingly tender compassion." - Jeannette Walls, New York Times bestselling author of The Glass Castle: A Memoir and The Silver Star

"Heartbreaking and hilarious. I have no doubt that girls everywhere are going to fall madly, deeply, hopelessly in love with Ezra Faulkner." - Sarah Mlynowski, author of A Little Bit Broken

"Smart, funny, heartbreaking, and so true it hurts…this is a book you will never forget." - Lauren Barnoldt, author of Two Way Street and Sometimes it Happens

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Robyn Schneider is a writer, actor, and online personality who misspent her youth in a town coincidentally similar to Eastwood. Robyn is a graduate of Columbia University, where she studied creative writing, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where she studied medical ethics. She lives in Los Angeles, California, but also on the internet.

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