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Friday, August 29, 2014

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

Reviewed By: A.T.
Meet Ezra Faulkner. Senior tennis player extraordinaire, and future homecoming king. That is, until he catches his girlfriend cheating on him at a party and he leaves only to get into a car crash that ends his tennis career. Back in school his senior year Ezra rediscovers old friends, meets new friends, and and trades in old interests for new ones as he navigates his way through senior year and first loves. Who better to help him do all this than his best friend growing up and the new girl who is so different from everyone he has ever known. Will Ezra figure out what life has in store for him, or does anyone ever really know when tragedy is the beginning of everything instead of the end.
Why I Picked it Up: This book was highly recommend to me by several people, and I'm not going to lie, I was intrigued by the bright cover and the blurb on the back of the book. Plus, it is on the 2015 Abraham Lincoln Nominee list!
Why I Finished It: As I was reading this book, the only thing I could think of was, "OMG, this is just like a John Green book!!!!!!!!!!!" I could NOT put this book down, and I loved the ending. It was not what I was expecting at all, but it's nice to be surprised. It also kinda made me wish my school had a debate team!
I’d Give this Book To: Anyone who likes John Green. I have made this recommendation several times since I have read it, and everyone has come back to me agreeing that it's the next best thing to a new John Green book.

**Librarian Side Note** Seriously, I know I recommend audio books all the time, but if you like audio books, the narrator of this is excellent, and he really brings Ezra, Cassidy and Toby. Also, I don't know if I can stress this enough, but if you are desperate for a John Green-like book, this is the title for you!

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