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The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: August 27, 2013 Publisher: Katharine Tegan (HarperTeen) Pages: 330 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: high school, debate team, secrets Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Summary: A car accident catapults Ezra into a very different senior year than he […]

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August 28, 2013 - 12:02 am

The Beginning Of Everything | Robyn Schneider | Book Review - […] Be Reading – “I didn’t connect with golden-boy-turned outcast, Ezra” Pure Imagination – “has a very John Green feel to it.” Writer Of Wrongs […]

August 13, 2013 - 2:34 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I’ve been excited for this one for a while, but for some reason the closer we get to its release the less excited I become, I have no clue why. I’m sorry it wasn’t what you wanted it to be, but I do think it’s a good sign you’re still excited to read more books frmo the author.

August 12, 2013 - 10:24 am

Rachel - Aww, that’s so unfortunate that you didn’t connect to this one! I haven’t read it yet (but I want to!), but I can totally see why this one wouldn’t be for you. I kind of like that they recite poetry and all that stuff because that’s kind of how my friends and I were back in high school. I hate perfect endings though, so we’ll see.

August 11, 2013 - 11:37 am

Alexa Y. - I’m still not sure if I want to read this book or not. It does sound very intriguing, and I do like that it seems *cringes because this is a word that’s overused*… quirky. And Disneyland! But we shall see if I get to it.

August 11, 2013 - 12:00 am

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August 9, 2013 - 7:24 pm

Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books - YES. Your review so clearly explains why I have no real desire to read this book. I don’t generally like to read about uber-sophisticated and intelligent teens who just…don’t seem like teenagers. The premise of this book just doesn’t sound like something I’d be super interested in, which could then affect how well I connect with the characters and all. I’m sorry this one didn’t work out super well for you, and I do hope that your faith in Schneider’s future installments will be well-justified!

August 8, 2013 - 5:52 pm

molly @ wrapped up in books - “This might have had something to do with him narrating the story after it happened. The events and after thoughts felt too polished.”

THIS. Sometimes that way of framing a story works, sometimes it doesn’t. It felt too slick in places.

I really wanted to like this book a lot more than I did as well. And I got all the geeky references (probably because I actually was a high school debater) but they did feel excessive in parts.

But I did like Schneider’s writing and would check out future books by her.

August 8, 2013 - 11:06 am

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - Despite your inability to really connect with Ezra in a meaningful way, I’m still curious enough about this novel to read it when it’s released. Novels told from a male point-of-view are few and far between and while I’ve heard that the characterization is a little flat, I’ve heard wonderful things about the chemistry between Ezra and Cassie. Like you, I was also excited about the inclusion of Disneyland and would be interested to see Ezra reinvent himself in the wake of his accident. It really sounds like the sort of story I usually enjoy 🙂 I’m just sorry that you didn’t enjoy it more!

August 8, 2013 - 10:22 am

lily - I don’t know if this is my type of book after reading your review. If i read a book from a males POV i always need to find some way to connect with him. not to mention i need the guy to be protrayed honestly. and i don’t think thats in this book.

Lily @ lilysbookblog

August 8, 2013 - 9:10 am

Bookworm1858 - DISNEYLAND?! Though I was already planning to read this book, that really just seals the deal. I may have issues with some of the same things as you but I adore Disney so i have to see how it is described here.