The Beginning of Everything is about Ezra Faulkner, a high school boy who has a specific “tragedy” that happens to effect his life, socially and physically. After getting discarded out of the popular group, he meets a new girl at the school, named Cassidy. The book is about Ezra and Cassidy falling rapidly in love with each other, as well as Ezra’s ability to cope with his new lifestyle. Not only does this book provide a fantastic love lesson, there are also tips about life, friendship, and how to deal when bad things are thrown your way.
Although I was expecting not to enjoy this book, I ended up pleasantly surprised. The characters were well-developed, and I could see vivid pictures of them inside of my head while reading. Also the story plot was interesting, and not too predictable like many other teenage novels. The one thing I really didn’t enjoy about this book was the ending. Of course I won’t spoil it, but it didn’t have a lasting effect compared to the excitement of the plot.
One memorable part about this book was the description of Ezra’s love for Cassidy Thorpe.The author really goes in depth to make a personal description for how much he adores her, and how Ezra would do anything for her.
Review by Charlotte, grade 8, Gayton Branch Library