Every once in a while something pops up on the kids side of our company that looks like a breakout. In this case, the buzz started inside our company among my colleagues but in recent months I’ve been hearing a lot of bookseller love while out on the road.
The title of The Beginning of Everything alludes to The Great Gatsby which was an inspiration for the book and which is referenced throughout the story. The heartbreak, the longing, the striving are all Fitzgerald—but the witty tone, the snappy dialogue and some of the plot twists are… let’s just say thoroughly contemporary. As a colleague said, “It’s droll, it’s dark, it’s contemporary and timeless.”
Robyn was a big hit at Winter Institute, the annual national gathering of indie booksellers, and the book will be in the Top Ten of the Autumn 2013 Kids’ Indie Next Picks. The advance reviews are superb—three starred reviews and one comp to John Green. 😉
“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
“Dazzling. Full of razor-sharp wit, a keen sense of observation, and surprisingly tender compassion.”
— Jeannette Walls, author of The Glass Castle
The Beginning of Everything (9780062217134) by Robyn Schneider. $17.99 hardcover. 8/27/13 on sale.