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Spoiler Alert! SLO NightReaders Book Discussion – The Beginning of Everything

Ezra Faulkner was supposed to be homecoming king, but that was before – before his girlfriend cheated on him, before a car accident shattered his leg, and before he fell in love with new girl Cassidy Thorpe. Robyn Schneider’s The Beginning of Everything is lyrical, witty, hilarious, 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.

Did you like the book? Let’s discuss!

1. With regards to SLO NightReaders, we know that the majority of us is not in the “young adult” age group anymore. (Don’t worry! We won’t tell! Ahem…) Earlier this month, Internet world was caught up in a heated debate about whether YA books are appropriate for grown ups, or whether once you’re out of your teens they can only dumb you down. What do you think? Do you read YA? Why? Why not?

2. How does the title The Beginning of Everything relate to the themes of the book?

3. Fitting in is one of the main themes of this book. We all know how important it seemed to fit in when we were in high school. How important is it to you now? What changed? What stayed the same?

4. Why do you think Ezra finds himself drawn to Cassidy? What do you think their interaction would look like if the car accident had never happened?

5. Where do you think Ezra will be 20 years from now? Cassidy? Toby?


Thank you for reading and don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the July book reveal!

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SLO NightReaders – June Pick

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. Robyn will be presenting at the Central Coast Writers Conference in San Luis Obispo this September.

The Beginning Of Everything

The Beginning of Everything

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 is a graduate of Columbia University, where she studied creative writing, and the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, where she studied medical ethics. She is also responsible for the existence of the middle grade Knightley Academy series, written by her possibly fictitious literary alter ego Violet Haberdasher. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

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