THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING

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It’ll make you laugh, it’ll make you cry — The Beginning of Everything has a little bit of everything to please readers. The characters are three-dimensional and relatable, and Schneider inserts enough of a twist on this coming-of-age story to keep you guessing. The only problem I had with this book is that I can’t be friends with the characters in real life.

Ezra Faulkner is the generic golden boy: tennis captain, prom king and boyfriend of the most popular girl in his grade. On one night, though, it all disappears thanks to a cheating girlfriend and a car crash that irrevocably mangles his knee. Forced to reinvent himself, he’s helped along the way to self-discovery by an old friend, an inspirational book and the mysterious — and beautiful — new girl in school. (HARPERTEEN, Aug., 352 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780062217134, HC, 13 & Up)

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Reviewed by: 
Zachary Kram