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JTony

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  • The Beginning of Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Robyn Schneider
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    Golden boy Ezra Faulkner believes everyone has a tragedy waiting for them a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen. His particular tragedy waited until he was primed to lose it all: In one spectacular night, a reckless driver shatters Ezra's knee, his athletic career, and his social life. No longer a front-runner for Homecoming King, Ezra finds himself at the table of misfits, where he encounters new girl Cassidy Thorpe.

    The Reading Date says: "Quirky Coming of Age"
    "Loathing and Annoyance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Beginning of Everything?

    I pretty seriously hated this book. Loathed it actually. I really only finished it so that I could write a scathing review because I really hated it that much.

    The characters are barely more than cardboard cutouts made from restroom gender icons with pithy words scrawled on them in red sharpie. Not a lot of substance but indicators as to what we're supposed to think of them. I didn't think much of them, I can tell you that. They are shallow, immature, emotionally crippled and selfish with little to no care about any of the other characters. I hated them all.

    Very little happens in the plot. Basically there is only one real event in the whole book, followed by one fake event later on that is emotionally way more stomach turning than the first one. Neither really ended up making me care about the characters, but the second one made me hate them.

    I got this book in order to give me something like John Green, and it has been compared to his works a lot. If you like John Green, don't read this. This is John Green as interpreted by the CW and the writers of the film "Clueless". Also, if you hate John Green, you will also want to avoid reading this. It echoes JG just enough to make it really, really annoying.

    I really wanted it to be fun and emotionally charged. It wasn't. It was painful and emotionally stunted and not worth your time.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I don't know but I'll probably avoid YA for a book or two.


    What didn’t you like about Dan John Miller’s performance?

    It didn't help that I read the audio version. The reader, Dan John Miller, was unconvincing as a teen boy, and annoying as a teen girl (picture Frank Zappa trying to do the Valley Girl voice in the 80's song instead of his daughter, Moon Unit). I wanted to reach out and slap my iPhone each time he switched genders.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was short.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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