The Truth in 60: The Beginning of Everything and Inside Divergent

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The Truth in 60 is a feature created to spotlight the reviews for books that I never got around to reviewing when I finished them or that I don’t have much to say about. They are designed to be quick reviews that you can read in about a minute (60 seconds) and move on.

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

The Beginning of EverythingSource: Library
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: –
Edition: Hardcover, 335 Pages
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Purchase: Amazon/ Barnes & Noble / Book Depository*
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Rating:
 4/5

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. Cassidy is unlike anyone Ezra’s ever met, achingly effortless, fiercely intelligent, and determined to bring Ezra along on her endless adventures.

But as Ezra dives into his new studies, new friendships, and new love, he learns that some people, like books, are easy to misread. And now he must consider: if one’s singular tragedy has already hit and everything after it has mattered quite a bit, what happens when more misfortune strikes? 

Robyn Schneider’s The Beginning of Everything is a lyrical, witty, and heart-wrenching novel about how difficult it is to play the part that people expect, and how new beginnings can stem from abrupt and tragic endings.

The Beginning of Everything is a story of friendship and growing up. I feel like the original title “Severed heads and Broken Hearts” fit the book a bit more than the current one. The story is quirky and unique, full of laughs and heart break. The characters are witty and completely realistic, and a I appreciated the romance between Ezra and Cassidy. There was a palpable chemistry between the two, but it was wholly unexpected and I think that made me appreciate it more.

Overall it was one of the more realistic contemporaries I’ve read. It was full of heartbreaking scenes, but it wasn’t all happy-go-lucky either. It was a mix of the two that left me wanting more.

4 stars

Inside Divergent: The Initiate’s World  by Cecilia Benard

Inside DivergentSource: Purchased
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Series: –
Edition: Paperback, 144 Pages
Genre: Young Adult Movie Tie-In
Purchase: Amazon/ Barnes & Noble / Book Depository*
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating:
 3/5

Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times bestselling novel Divergent is now a major motion picture starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet!

This eye-catching volume takes you inside the film version of Divergent. With more than 100 photographs—many never before seen—Inside Divergent will immerse you in the thrilling dystopian world of futuristic Chicago, where you’ll meet the initiates and discover the factions.

This was a nice little refresher for those who have read the book but have mostly forgotten the side details. If you haven’t read the books but want to know more about the movie’s background info then this book is better for you. There are some photographs which are nice, but overall this didn’t hold too much info that would justify purchasing it.

3 star

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3 Responses to The Truth in 60: The Beginning of Everything and Inside Divergent

  1. The Beginning of Everything was definitely heartbreaking. And I wish I had gotten Inside Divergent for free because I’m definitely not willing to spend money on it. 😛

  2. I liked the original title for Beginning as well, it was quirky to fit the story

  3. I really enjoyed The Beginning of Everything, but I actually got it when it was still Severed Heads which I am glad about, because of the amazing cover as well.

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