Authored by Robyn Schneider, The Beginning of Everything is about what can happen when one event changes your life forever.

Ezra Faulkner starts his senior year after spending the summer recuperating from a car accident that injured his knee. No longer able to play sports and cast out of his former athletic clique, he focuses on finishing up high school, reconnecting with an old friend and forming a relationship with mysterious new girl Cassidy Thorpe.

I found this book very relatable, as Schneider explores the themes of friends growing apart over the years and how decisions about the future can be stressful. There’s even an unexpected twist that ties in with coincidence, though I’m not going to give it away.

I really liked the character of Ezra. Although he is initially depressed about not being able to play sports, he becomes determined to find a different path for himself. His actions are an example of accepting life when the unexpected happens, as opposed to moping around and wishing stuff didn’t happen. It sends the positive message of being proactive in life.

Overall, I recommend this book to people who want a story about coincidence and future decisions, set against the backdrop of high school.

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