Thursday, June 12, 2014

Audio Book Review: "The Beginning of Everything" by Robyn Schneider

Ezra Faulkner had it all: Captain of the Varsity Tennis Team, beautiful girlfriend, friends with all the right people.... he pretty much ran the school.  He fit the profile and did what was expected of him.  He knew that senior year was poised to be epic but then it happened.  The car accident that destroyed his knee, his ability to play any sports at all....  the relationships he had with his friends.  This was his tragedy - the major event after which all that matters happens.  He meets new girl Cassidy Thorpe and a whole new world opens up for him.  And he likes it.  He starts seeing things, people, everything from a different perspective and he believes that Cassidy is the reason why.  Since everything finally seems to be perfect...  he is not at all prepared for what comes next.  Or is he?

I've got to say, this book was much funnier than I expected.  I think that the narrator, Dan John Miller, did an excellent job especially with the different character's voices.  All except for Cassidy.  I get that this is set in California, and most of the female characters are kind of vapid "Valley Girl" type girls...  Cassidy isn't.  When I really listened to the dialogue (which was funny and witty and pretty awesome), the voice given her didn't really match the words she was saying.

I didn't let this disrupt my enjoyment of the story though.  This was a great look at how one person is forced to really examine himself in terms of how he might define or identify himself and think about what he wants and not just what people expect of him.  There are also some great scenes in which characters are shown standing up and doing the right thing which I thought was pretty fantastic.

The Beginning of Everything
by Robyn Schneider
Narrated by Dan John Miller
HarperCollins, 2013
7 hours 16 minutes
352 pages
Source:  Library


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