Robyn Sch­nei­der’s The Be­gin­ning

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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 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 stated in Kirkus Re­views, “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 fills 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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