In what I thought was going to end up as yet another failed attempt at finding a book that would make me get all feely-feely, I realized my problem might be worse than I thought. I had been thinking I might be a robot, but then I wondered “what if the problem is even worse than that?”???
The first 10% of The Beginning Everything had me ready to throw in the towel. All I could think when I started this book was “good God Ezra is vapid”.
I don’t know, Kanye. I just don’t know anymore.
But . . . I am not a quitter, so I kept reading and then????
I slapped out of it. I got over the idea that I was going to find this novel “heartwrenching” like the blurb told me and just tried to accept it for what it was: a perfectly sweet tale of first love and first loss that make up the high school experience. And guess what? I more than liked it. (Ezra’s lack of self-awareness still grated, but he made up for it with Harry Potter references.) The saving grace that made me turn my frown upside down was how much I fell in love with all of the characters. So, instead of ranting with a 1 or 2 star rating, this one is getting a 4, because at the end of the day (although I didn’t cry) it made me have some good feels. Much like a John Hughes’ movie : )