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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books (15 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471115461
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471115462
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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Robyn Schneider is a writer, actor, and online personality who misspent her youth in a town coincidentally similar to Eastwood. Robyn is a graduate of Columbia University, where she studied creative writing, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where she studied medical ethics. She lives in Los Angeles, California, but also on the internet. You can watch her vlogs on YouTube and follow her on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and Instagram.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Emma @ Book Angel Booktopia VINE VOICE on 20 Aug. 2013
Format: Paperback
I have to be honest and say that I feel a little self conscious writing this review after reading the author notes in the book about misinterpreting the theme of a book. However, you all know I am a huge believer in reading being subjective, so how can any intelligent interpretation be wrong - yeah I'm totally going with that ;)

This is one of those books that as a librarian I want to force into the hands of youths who hold the belief life owes them something. It maybe my age BUT the earlier they realise that life doesn't work that way the better off they will be. No-one is entitled to things you have to work for everything.

The writing is beautifully emotional, deep and profound; the references to other literary works add to the overall spirit and layers of the story; emphasising the points within the plot. From the first chapter the writing draws you into the story, including some direct address to the reader. The feel of Great Expectations permeates the narrative with the retrospective first person narrative. The intense descriptions place the reader in the middle of the events as they occur.

Told from Ezra's perspective, as the synopsis shows Ezra's life has been transformed following a car accident, he has always been defined by other peoples expectations of him rather than having his own dreams. What happens when those expectations can no longer be met, how do you define who you are now, the true essence of character development in real life as well as fiction. Popularity is a fleeting illusion, there is far more to gain out of life than being someone you're not in order to be popular.

The reactions of other people to Ezra's tragedy are powerfully portrayed. Everyone has a story to tell if you have the compassion to find out.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael J Ritchie on 13 Mar. 2015
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The Beginning Of Everything starts out vaguely promising, but quickly goes downhill. The main character, Ezra Faulkner, describes how everyone gets a tragedy, and in the case of his best friend Toby, it’s when he was on a rollercoaster and caught the head of a tourist in front of him who got decapitated by standing up on the ride. Ezra meanwhile has a tragedy all of his own – his girlfriend cheated on him. Granted, he then stormed from a party, had a car accident and his leg will never heal so he’ll never be able to play tennis again. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, none of his friends will talk to him anymore! Luckily, when he gets back to school, finding himself the unwanted centre of attention due to his accident, his old friend Toby (who he’s ignored for the last four years) decides to befriend him again.

Meanwhile, there’s a new girl at school, the wacky and kooky Cassidy Thorpe, and the two of them have been signed up to the debate team with Toby and all his misfit, madcap friends. Ezra finds himself attracted to Cassidy and her goofy ways and soon memories of his air-headed ex Charlotte are a thing of the past. But Cassidy is hiding a secret, and perhaps she’s not the manic pixie dream girl that he hopes she is after all…

Formulaic to a fault, this reads like John Green has started giving lessons on how to write obnoxious, pompous white teen male protagonists, or else is writing under a pen name himself. Ezra (because these characters are never called Dave) is fundamentally unpleasant, stumbling over himself to tell the reader that he didn’t mean to be so popular, or that he didn’t ask to live in a six-bedroom house with swimming pool, and that it isn’t his fault that he doesn’t really study but is just naturally so gifted. So he’s got a busted leg, big whoop.
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By Neil Horn on 6 Aug. 2015
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Dont take to much notice to my star rating as the book was more than ok! Where to start it took me two times to read this book the first time i read a quarter of it and give up the second time i started from the beginning and finished it last night. I will tell you the problems i had with it first and then what i liked about it i will also refer to other books for young adults to help me get my point across! I read this book after read ketchup clouds and as ive read quarter of the book twice i must also mention noggin which is the book i finished before picking up this one for the second time. Complicated i know but that was the sort of problem i had with this the story confused me as if it did not know quite where to go. I must admit to feeling lost in what the story was really about and whether what was talked about was actually worth being made into a story. I struggled to get a feel for the book unlike ketchup clouds where i felt straight away the plight within the plight of the story and also noggin where the plight was so obvious and made me feel apathy from the start. Ok now my resolution after reading it all the way through my many problems with it. The story was very well written and there was some nice ideas thrown about also good references to pop culture and the like. It was also quite light even with the sad subjects it was dealing with such as loss and grief! And the end was very well done which made it worth reading a second time. Ive also bought this writers second book as i do like her style and want to see how she develops things in her next book. So three stars to severed heads and broken hearts!
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