Hello and happy Wednesday. Let’s talk about The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider, okay?
I don’t know why I got to this book, but I feel like I’d had it in my TBR list for the longest time until I finally decided to read it. And I’m glad I did, especially after reading the first paragraph because that was super promising, and it encouraged me to keep reading.
Something that also got me hooked was the author’s style and her dry humor. I felt like I was reading a story that happened to someone I knew rather than a novel. The fact that Ezra, the main character, was a guy, added extra points. All in all, the first chapters gave me the feeling that this story was going to be interesting and original.
Then again, Ezra meets this girl, who’s obviously going to become his love interest, but she’s “not like other girls.” Seriously? Everything was great, and then the author picked one of the biggest YA clichés, and ruined the story a bit for me. And as we talk about stuff I didn’t like about this novel, let me address the fact that I despised the bad use of Spanish, even if it was intentional.
The whole theme of this story (you know, the guy who’s popular until something horrible happens and then he’s sort of left to hang out the outcasts in school) gave me huge Some Things Are vibes. That, by the way, is a novel by Courtney Summers I personally think everyone should read.
I enjoyed the literary references the author included in this novel, just like I was living for the puns. The sexy bits, although few, were spot on. You know I like a little spice in my YA from time to time, and this was just what I needed.
Now, I think as I read my expectations towards the story, especially the ending, started building up, and sadly the second half of the book was sort of a fail for me. First, I didn’t appreciate the plot twists. I think they were added so that stuff made sense according to the author’s plans, so in my opinion the story didn’t really unfold in a natural, realistic way. It was also too rushed at the end, and that makes me think that maybe the author got tired of writing and just typed the first thing that popped into her mind. And the problem is that, ultimately, if the ending of a story is disappointing, my opinion on the whole plot gets negatively affected.
In the comments let me know of a book that you can’t wait to start reading because it sounds super promising. I’ll be sure to check out your suggestions, and maybe I’ll read and review the titles you share.
Love, Miss Camila