The Beginning of Everything

Robyn Schneider

Book Summary

The Beginning of Everything is the story of Ezra Faulkner, who was student council president and captain of the varsity tennis team, that is until he broke the majority of his leg. Now his whole world has been turned upside down. He was kicked out of student council and can no longer play tennis, and all of his friends have ditched him, it seems as if his senior is going to be the worst one of his life. Then, a new girl Cassidy, comes to school and she completely changes him. She teaches him that popularity doesn't matter and that it's ok to be different as long as you embrace it.

Characteristics

Complicated

Mysterious

Sarcastic

Encouraging

Playful

Complicated

One trait I thought represented the relationship between Ezra and Cassidy well was complicated. Later on in the story, Ezra is having a conversation with his best friend, Toby, "So, are you and Cassidy, like a thing now?" Toby asked. "I'm honestly not sure," I replied (175).

Mysterious

Another trait I thought defined the relationship between Cassidy and Ezra was mysterious. Early on in the story, Cassidy and Ezra form a relationship that is unlike any relationship that either one of them has ever experienced. "Every night Cassidy flashes hi to me in morse code, that's all she ever says"(50).

Sarcastic

The final trait I thought represented Cassidy and Ezra's relationship was sarcastic. From the minute they met each other they both have just said it like it is and were never afraid to be sarcastic and a little bit rude to each other. Later in the story, while Ezra and Cassidy's debate team is attending a competition, Cassidy gives Ezra some encouraging words as he prepares for his first debate. "Break a leg!" Cassidy called teasingly as I headed towards the A building.

Theme One: Cherish what you have while you have it because one day it could disappear

Theme Two: People Change People

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