The Beginning of Everything

By: Robyn Schneider Presentation by:Paige Bodart

Book Summary

The book that I currently just finished was The Beginning of Everything, by Robyn Schneider. In this book, Ezra believes everyone experiences a personal tragedy in their lifetime, and he just so happens to be going through his own. He is a senior in high-school at Eastwood High and recently got in a car accident over the summer, in-which he shattered his knee and damaged his wrist. However, when school starts he meets a girl named Cassidy. She's nice, pretty, funny, and very smart. He goes through many situations with her. For example, the night of homecoming he was going to bring her to the dance. She was suppose to show up at his house and when she's over an hour and a half late, he goes looking for her. He finds her at the park where they went after their first date. She tells him she has a different boyfriend and made a mistake going out with him.

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.


Ezra just ran into Cassidy at the Cohen and Ford Group Mental Practice building and they are talking in the hall. Ezra's speaking: "I'm just trying to figure out what I did to make you act like this. Seriously, Cassidy what tragedy occurred that made you wish we'd never met?"

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.

Point of View

This book is told in 1st person point of view. I know this because in the book the narrator (also the main character: Ezra) uses the words I, me, and myself. For example, the first line in the book is: Sometimes I think that everyone has a tragedy waiting for them, that people buying milk in their pajamas or picking their noses at stoplights could be only moments away from disaster. Another way I know this is because he tells his personal thoughts and opinions through the narrator and we get to see what he's thinking