Format: Audiobook & Paperback
Source: Library & Bought
Narrator: Dan John Miller
Length: 7 hours 16 minutes
Read: January 2017
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?
Robyn Schneider’s The Beginning of Everything is a lyrical, witty, and heart-wrenching novel about how difficult it is to play the part that people expect, and how new beginnings can stem from abrupt and tragic endings.
This book has to have THE MOST unsettling and gruesome beginning of any book I’ve ever read. Tragic as it is, I liked the idea of everyone having that moment where their life begins.
Ezra was an awesome character. This could’ve been a YA book that I put in my donation box, but within the first chapter, I was completely hooked. I just loved Ezra’s voice and his humour (seriously, there were some completely hilarious lines in this book!) and I like that he had to rethink his direction and purpose after the easy life he led up until his own tragedy.
There was some fun romance in the story and some twists and turns that I might have seen coming along the way. It definitely had a predictability to it, but since Ezra was such a great character, I let that slide. It was still a fun journey getting to the kind of predictable end.
Honestly, the thing that sold me on this audiobook was that it was so short! At just over 7 hours it was a quick day listen (at least, at the speed I listen) and enjoyable at that. The story’s pacing was great and I felt like Dan John Miller’s voice really matched that of Ezra, the main character. I definitely want to check out more of his narrations!