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?
The accident was the tragedy waiting for Ezra that changed everything afterwards. From being the most popular guy in school, he was now one of those that others kept staring at. The group of misfits in the school was the one that brought him back to his feet with the search of a purpose of his life and the meaning of self-identity. Cassidy was the girl that Ezra fell in love as she was the one that pushed him to have a better understanding of himself and the greatness of doing so. While she was a mystery that he was not able to figure out, she allowed him to ask himself questions that he had never asked before. Ezra had definitely grew after the end of the book when he realized that he did not wanted to just want to exist but also to live. It definitely gave the readers tingling feelings at the end when he had figured himself out.
Cassidy was a mysterious character that put on a facade from the beginning. She was difficult to unmask due to trust and personal issues. The lack of back stories and involvement of her personal life were frustrating as it did not give a clear picture of her behaviour. She was difficult to get on with as she was mostly vague. However, many things were cleared up by the end of the book. She was suffering from mental illness after her brother passed away and Ezra was the victim of the crash. She stayed away from him in the end as he reminded her too much of her brother. I do wish that the author had given the explanation earlier in the book rather than the extreme end of it.
In all, the book was easy to read with great flow and in depth character that readers who are also seeking themselves could relate well to. The main character, Ezra, had learned and discovered new meaning and adventures in his life of a small town. He managed to unhook himself from the crowd that was too caught up with high school and plan for his future ahead. “I do know that I spent a long time existing, and now, I intend to live.”