- Taschenbuch: 352 Seiten
- Verlag: Katherine Tegen Books; Auflage: Reprint (29. Juli 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0062217143
- ISBN-13: 978-0062217141
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: 13 - 16 Jahre
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,5 x 2 x 20,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 35.111 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Praise for THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING: “Smart writing and a compelling narrator raise this book above ordinary depictions of high school drama. Efficient use of language, evocative descriptions and subtle turns of phrase make reading and rereading this novel a delight.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“This thought-provoking novel about smart kids doing interesting things will resonate with the John Green contingent, as it is tinged with sadness, high jinks, wry humor, and philosophical pondering in equal measures.” (Booklist (starred review))
“Schneider shows remarkable skill at getting inside her narrator’s head as his life swings between disaster and recovery.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“This is a wonderfully told story. The dialogue moves the plot along at a fast pace, and Ezra, with all his flaws, is a character to whom readers can relate. Teens won’t want to put this one down.” (School Library Journal)
“The Beginning of Everything is a tragic romance of the best kind that leaves the reader feeling as though they are part of the story, and wishing there was more.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
“Dazzling. Full of razor-sharp wit, a keen sense of observation, and surprisingly tender compassion.” (Jeannette Walls, New York Times bestselling author of The Glass Castle: A Memoir and The Silver Star)
“Heartbreaking and hilarious. I have no doubt that girls everywhere are going to fall madly, deeply, hopelessly in love with Ezra Faulkner.” (Sarah Mlynowski, author of A Little Bit Broken)
“Smart, funny, heartbreaking, and so true it hurts…this is a book you will never forget.” (Lauren Barnoldt, author of Two-Way Street and Sometimes It Happens)
“Robyn Schneider can write.” (New York Times Book Review)
“It’s an endearing book filled with similarly touching little moments and plenty of snappy dialogue.” (New York Times Book Review)
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.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Mich hat die Geschichte von Anfang gefangen genommen, denn sie ist so wahr, so humorvoll und schmerzhaft wie das Leben selbst. Auch die Charaktere wirkten wie direkt aus dem Leben gegriffen und selbst an überraschenden Wendungen fehlte es nicht. Die Sprache ist ebenfalls sehr angenehm und manchmal sogar fast poetisch.
Also hiermit eine absolute Leseempfehlung an jeden, der ein lebensnahes, absolut kitschfreies (YA-) Buch sucht.
Leider bin ich, nachdem ich das Buch mit Mühe und Not ganz gelesen habe, enttäuscht von dem Buch.
Das Buch ist weder besonders tiefsinnig, noch ergreifend, spannend oder gar witzig. 85% des Inhalts handelt vom stupiden Schulalltag des jungen Manns Ezra und ist für mich als 30jährige völlig banal und langweilig. Das Ende finde ich zwar nicht vorsehbar, wir es einige hier schrieben. Dennoch ist es auch nicht schön. U.a. stirbt Ezras Hund und ich fragte mich, welchen Mehrwert dieser Tod jetzt zur Story beiführt (keinen).
The beginning of everything ist das stumpfsinnigste Buch, das ich seit Langem gelesen habe. Schade, denn ich hatte erwartet, dass mir das Buch gefallen würde.
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Personally, I think that art is meant to make you "feel" emotions, and this text definitely made me feel a range of emotions in regards to some of the behavior exhibited by the characters. Erza Faulkner most certainly experienced tragedy, though I do not think that this tragedy is anyway attached to the car accident or high school drama.
The author hits on some significant issues in modern day society such as: mental illness, social pressures or anxieties (pressure of maintaining the "status quo" and the damage it causes developing minds/perhaps even traumatizing).
I wish there would have been more resolution for the main character(s)...perhaps more of a healing aspect for a particular character, but alas as stated in The Great Gatsby, "All the bright precious things fade so fast, and they don't come back."
Overall, it was a pretty good read.
"“We have all been fooled into believing in people who are entirely imaginary—made-up prisoners in a hypothetical panopticon. But the point isn’t whether or not you believe in imaginary people; it’s whether or not you want to.”
This is my book clubs book for July and I can't wait to discuss it with them. I am honestly up in the air about how I feel about this book. On one hand I really liked it but then there were times I was annoyed with some of the cliches. The jocks are bad and the smart kids are the really cool kids. A lot of the characters fit their stereotypes but even though their were common tropes I felt the story was unique. I am a huge fan of smart, quotable dialogue and this book had a plethora. Plus it had a lot of nerdy pop culture references. Any Harry Potter references gets a gold star in my book.
Like the cover picture this book was a roller-coaster but with less twist and turns. There were a few lag moments and I think its due to how I felt about Cassidy. I wasn't that big of a fan and didn't see the aura about her. Yes, she was smart, pretty girl who went against the grain of what other thought but I still thought she was fitting some stereotype of someone above high school.
Overall, I did like the book. I liked Erza and really liked Toby. I thought the book was really refreshing to read I and it wasn't your typical YA read. It had a lot of depth and it had me contemplating life even after I finish reading it.
My favorite character was Toby, Ezra’s former best friend who becomes his best friend again during the course of the book. He’s so utterly himself that at times I didn’t feel like Ezra deserved him. But having a best friend like Toby means that he must see something in you, and his faith in Ezra made me believe in him too.
The main thing I didn’t like about this book is its stereotypical portrayal of athletes. Here’s the thing: there are high school boys (and grown men, for that matter!) who speak mostly in monosyllables, who thrive on keeping others down, and whose thoughts don’t seem any deeper than the soles of their shoes, but not every athlete is like that…nor should you assume that everyone whose interests are off the beaten path is of above-average intelligence or kindness. I didn’t play a single organized sport growing up, so I’m not feeling defensive because of my own athletic proclivity; I just think it was a narrative technique used to prove a point that came off as a bit hateful. (Yes, I know Ezra’s a former jock, but you can’t tell me that he was the only one on the entire team that had an original thought to his name.)
Okay. Rant over. That might make it sound like I didn’t like this book, which isn’t the case at all. I just wasn’t thrilled about this one aspect of it.
All in all: The cover caught my eye and the story kept me interested. Check it out if you like coming of age stories.