College Station, TX - Yes, another young adult book… I have an obsession. First of all, this book has a really cool looking cover. Second, I’m a big fan of all the characters names. Other than that, this book was kind of “meh” for me.
It started out really well, and I was really intrigued by the tragedy problem that she was presenting. Basically, as a result of his own tragedy, Ezra Faulkner has developed the theory that everyone’s lives were leading up to their own personal tragedy, and the rest of their lives was dealing with that tragedy. Enter a quirky redhead named Cassidy. Sounds good, right?
The problem was that it reminded me so much of Looking for Alaska by John Green. The character of Cassidy basically was Alaska, but with a propensity for debate instead of book collecting. Alaska’s labyrinth question was replaced with Cassidy’s panopticon. I couldn’t stop comparing them, and thinking how much more interesting of a character Alaska was compared to Cassidy.
That being said, the narrator and main characters were completely different. Ezra was the golden boy jock, whereas Green’s main character was a friendless misfit. Schneider’s character was really fun to read and had an interesting perspective on life. Despite that, my favorite part about The Beginning of Everything was definitely Ezra’s best friend, Toby. He was hilarious and I totally want to hang out with him. Also, I really appreciated the way he dealt with, what Ezra saw as, his own tragedy.
Ultimately, this book didn’t completely satisfy me. Finishing a good book is similar to breaking up with a girlfriend/boyfriend that you’ve been with for a long time. You need closure. There was little closure in this book. I didn’t quite understand Cassidy’s motivation in it all. In my opinion, she dealt with her tragedy worse than any of the rest of them (in that she really didn’t deal with it, she just ran away).
It was a good, light read, and I definitely enjoyed it. However, I found nothing profound or ultimately thrilling about it. I want to feel like I grew as a person when I finish a book, like I learned something. I didn’t feel that way with The Beginning of Everything.
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