Book Review: The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

The Beginning of EverythingBOOK REVIEW:

The Beginning of Everything
by Robyn Schneider

I'm always on the hunt for a really great book with a male POV. So far Split by Swati Avasthi and Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn lead the pack, but The Beginning of Everything easily elevated itself to one of my all time favorites.

Let's start with the highlights. Ezra. The lead of the book was once a popular tennis jock only to have seriously injured his leg in a hit-and-run (he was hit) and been lowered to "cripple" status. The popular kids isolate him--or so he believes in his point-of-view. Honestly, I found the whole social dynamics intriguing. It was really difficult to tell if the popular crowd was really cruel to Ezra, or if it was Ezra himself feeling distanced from them. It's a tug and pull that I constantly felt throughout the book.

Ezra is a complex character who meets equally complex Cassidy. It's a relationship with nearly as many ups and downs as his struggles with self-identity. It felt real. Period. There were times I wanted to strangle Ezra and there were times I wanted to strangle Cassidy. They both have flaws, which made for superbly developed characters. And the ending was both organic and original--wish I could say more, but spoilers suck!

And I can't forget to mention Toby. One of my favorite secondary characters ever! He brings the humor but he also brings the humility and really grounds the group.

I highly recommend this book if you love growth in characters, male POVs, awesome references...ahem Dead Poets Society, great humor, and a romance that you can't predict. 



Twenty-year-old Clementine Avery doesn't mind being called bitchy and closed off. It's safe, and after being burned by her high school sweetheart and stalked by a professor her freshman year of college, safe sounds pretty damn good.

Her number one rule for survival? No dating. That is until she accidentally signs up for a romance writing class and needs material for her latest assignment. Sexy RA Gavin Murphy is more than happy to play the part of book boyfriend to help Clem find some inspiration, even if that means making the name of research, of course.

As Gavin and Clem grow closer, they get entangled in the mystery surrounding a missing Boston University student, and Clem unwittingly becomes a possible target. Gavin tries to show Clem she can handle falling in love again, but she knows she has to be careful because her heart’s at stake…and maybe even her life.

DEAREST CLEMENTINE is a stand-alone novel with two companion novels. This New Adult romance is recommended for readers 18+ due to mature content.



  1. I am so happy you loved this one! This was one of my favorite books of last year, mostly because the main theme is so similar to the one I live by! My life is surrounded by the thought that the person you are today is born from past tragedies. Heck, this was the topic of my college entry essay. I am constantly trying to force this one on everyone! <3

  2. I really liked this book. The nerd table reminds me of my friends. The conversations we have are so similar from what is on the book. I also liked Cassidy's character. And the Doctor Who references!