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Golden boy Ezra Faulkner believes everyone has a tragedy waiting for them—a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen. His particular tragedy waited until he was primed to lose it all: In one spectacular night, a reckless driver shatters Ezra’s knee, his athletic career, and his social life.

No longer a front-runner for homecoming king, Ezra finds himself at the table of misfits, where he encounters new girl Cassidy Thorpe. Cassidy is unlike anyone Ezra’s ever met—achingly effortless and fiercely intelligent.

Together, Ezra and Cassidy discover flash mobs, buried treasure, and a poodle that might just be the reincarnation of Jay Gatsby. But as Ezra dives into his new studies, new friendships, and new love, he learns that some people, like books, are easy to misread. And now he must consider: If one’s singular tragedy has already hit, what happens when more misfortune strikes?

Robyn Schneider’s The Beginning of Everything is a lyrical, witty, and heart-wrenching novel about how difficult it is to play the part that people expect, and how new beginnings can stem from abrupt and tragic endings.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Dazzling. Full of razor-sharp wit, a keen sense of observation, and surprisingly tender compassion.” 

    Jeannette Walls, New York Times bestselling author of The Glass Castle: A Memoir and The Silver Star

  • “Schneider shows remarkable skill at getting inside her narrator’s head as his life swings between disaster and recovery.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “This thought-provoking novel about smart kids doing interesting things will resonate with the John Green contingent, as it is tinged with sadness, high jinks, wry humor, and philosophical pondering in equal measures.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Smart writing and a compelling narrator raise this book above ordinary depictions of high school drama. Efficient use of language, evocative descriptions, and subtle turns of phrase make reading and rereading this novel a delight.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “This is a wonderfully told story. The dialogue moves the plot along at a fast pace, and Ezra, with all his flaws, is a character to whom readers can relate. Teens won’t want to put this one down.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Heartbreaking and hilarious. I have no doubt that girls everywhere are going to fall madly, deeply, hopelessly in love with Ezra Faulkner.”

    Sarah Mlynowski, author of A Little Bit Broken

  • “Smart, funny, heartbreaking, and so true it hurts…this is a book you will never forget.”

    Lauren Barnoldt, author of Two-Way Street and Sometimes It Happens

  • Selected for the Autumn 2013 Kids' Indie Next List: Top 10
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About the Author

Robyn Schneider is a writer, actor, and online personality who misspent her youth in a town coincidentally similar to Eastwood. She 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, but also on the Internet.