The Beginning of Everything
By: Robyn Schneider Presentation by:Paige Bodart
Later in the story, Ezra finds out she never had a different boyfriend and that the night of homecoming was the one year anniversary of her brother's death. He instantly regrets things he had said to her. He goes to her house with a surprise he had been working on. However, something happens that morning that changed how he thought of the world from then on; something tragic.
One option for the theme of this book maybe that small things can have a big impact. One reason this theme is a possibility is in the book, Ezra decides to park two blocks away from Jimmy's house to avoid the possibility of someone hitting his car. The outcome was he got in the car pulled up to the stop sign on the edge of the vacant street and got hit, causing severe injures.
The author uses several different variations of characterization to help you get to know the main character, Ezra, in the story. One version he uses is what the other characters in the story say about him. For example, in the book this happens: "Look who I found," Toby said gleefully. Luke's jaw dropped. Sam let out an incredulous laugh. This helps the readers comprehend that he doesn't normally hang around this group of people. Also, maybe that the other people don't expect these kind of things from him. Other version of characterization that is used in the story is the character's own thoughts, actions, or words. For example in the story Toby is thinking this when he meets Toby's friends: I'd pictured Toby's friends as a bunch of obscure honor roll students. This tells the reader that he had never met Toby's friends and being one of the popular kids before led him to believe things that weren't true.
In this book the author uses lots of figurative language to help engage the reader. For example, the night after there first round of debate everyone was in a hotel room partying and when they woke up the next morning the author described how Ezra was feeling like this: I woke up the next morning to the chorus of everyone's coordinated cell phone alarms, feeling like death. This part really emphasized how he was feeling using a simile. There was also lots of imagery one example used is: I don't know if you've ever been in line at the drug store or somewhere, and the person behind you is chewing gum in your ear, and it's so repulsive that you suspect their doing it on purpose and your a complete pushover for standing there and taking it. There was something about Evan and Charlotte that made me feel exactly like that. This shows that Ezra is getting really annoyed with Evan and Charlotte. It also helps you picture what it's like.
Cassidy starred at the carpet. Tucked her hair behind her ears. Smiled sadly.
"Life is the tragedy," she said bitterly. "You know how they categorize Shakespeare's plays, right? If it ends with a funeral, it's a tragedy. So we're all living tragedies, because we all end the same way, and it isn't with a wedding."
"Well, thanks for that. That clears everything up nicely. We're all prisoners. Wait no-we're living tragedies, just passing time till our funerals."
Cassidy scowled at this, but I didn't care. I was furious with her for being there, for being miserable, for refusing to explain.
"No one's dead, Cassidy," I said harshly. "I can't decide whether you're just crazy, or a liar, or someone who likes hurting people. You're all riddles and quotes and you can't give me a straight answer about anything and I'm tired of waiting of waiting for you to realize that you owe me one."
I hadn't meant to go off like that, and I wasn't exactly using my indoor voice when I said any of those things. Cassidy studied the carpet for a long moment, and when she glanced up at me, a tropical storm was churning in her eyes. Two tears slid down her cheeks.
"I don't owe you anything," Cassidy sobbed."and you're right, I do wish we'd never met."
She rushed past me, taking the stairs, where she knew I couldn't follow.
"Yeah, well, so do I!" I called after her, not meaning it but not caring.
This piece of dialogue in the story plays an important part in the climax of the story; when Ezra finds out someone is dead and that person is Cassidy's brother.