Book Review: The Beginning of Everything

the beginning of everything

 

I first saw this book on Anna Reads and couldn’t wait to get my paws on it. A coming of age novel about discovering yourself, your friends and what love can really mean. Like the quote on the cover says, this story is simply dazzling.

Golden boy Ezra loses everything in a car crash. He’s no longer on the varsity tennis team, he’s not prom king or on the student council. When his senior year starts, he’s drawn into the circle of his childhood best friend Toby. Which is how he meets Cassidy Thorpe. Sharp, cynical, enigmatic Cassidy helps him come to terms with his loss – and see who he really is.

I love, loved, love Cassidy. Although she probably fits into the good ole Manic Pixie Dream Girl dynamic (which I loved and am now falling out of love with), but I still love her. She’s distant, snarky, funny and more than a little damaged.

I love how Ezra is flawed too, unable to resist the tug of the comfort zone of his old friends and popularity yet still so drawn to Toby’s group and his real self.

I loved how this story went places I expected it to – and went places I didn’t see coming.

Beautiful, sad, funny and timely. Wish I’d had it when I was younger.

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