After witnessing his girlfriend in a “very friendly” position with a guy who is definitely not him, closely followed by a catastrophic car accident that shatters his leg along with his pro Tennis hopes, Ezra Faulkner returns to school for senior year, cast into social oblivion, a shadow of his former self. Ezra believes that everyone suffers a defining tragedy: it appears that his has just occurred.
But this new tragic self might have its own appeal, especially after he meets the clever, oddly sexy Cassidy Thorpe, a girl who launches him into a series of transformative adventures that help Ezra learn the truth about tragedy: unlike lightning, it can and will strike the same place twice.
*Sigh* Severed Heads, Broken Hearts is my idea of total book perfection!!
Such a beautiful storyline that captures teen drams, inner turmoil and self discovery wonderfully. Robyn Schneider writes splendidly, she packs emotion into every page and managed to break my heart more than once. What I really enjoyed was the way the seriousness of the story was lightened with hints of intelligent humour!
This book will give you pause for thought, with it’s reliability and likeability of it’s characters. I couldn’t help thinking about what I would do in some of the same situations that they found themselves in. What would you do if disaster strikes in your life? Well, every person would probably say something different, but the real question is: If you try and pick yourself up and dust yourself off, what would you do if disaster strikes twice?
You know, people always say you’ll know who your friends are when you hit rock bottom!? Well, that sums up Ezra’s life pretty well. He ends up back with the friend he dropped years ago after his own disaster!
What I loved the most was Ezra’s realisations, that we aren’t all a set mold, we can all change, try new things and find out who we are and what we want to be in our own sweet time.
I firmly believe that the ‘cool crowd’ is defined differently by each individual person and I loved Ezra seeing how ‘cool’ his new nerdy friends are.
The romance in here is achingly beautiful. I enjoyed watching things develop in their own time. There were times when I was a little cross, but I’ll not get into that….
Ezra Faulkner is a truly memorable character and he is ever so swoony! The secondary characters are also all individual and very strong and likeable for their differences.
I won’t mention the ending, in fear of giving something away.
Severed Heads, Broken Hearts is a breathtaking story that played on my emotions and tugged on my heard strings. It is written to perfection and I completely and utterly fell in love with Ezra and his journey! Go read this book, beg, borrow, buy or steal it if you have to…. 😉
A BIG 5 Stars!
*Special thanks to Simon & Schuster Children’s Books for the review copy*
Robyn Schneider is a writer, actor, and online personality who misspent her youth in a town coincidentally similar to Eastwood. Robyn is a graduate of Columbia University, where she studied creative writing, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where she studied medical ethics. She lives in Los Angeles, California, but also on the internet. You can watch her vlogs on YouTube and follow her on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and Instagram.
Top five personal tragedies in fiction
These are probably more spoilers than anything else, the way tragedies in fiction usually are, and I’d maintain that Ezra’s tragedy in the Beginning of Everything is not the one you’d initially think, or perhaps that his tragedy had more than one part, but anyhow, my top five personal tragedies in fiction are these:
5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
For Nick Carraway, when he realizes he was Gatsby’s only real friend.
4. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
For Gene, when Finny finds out that he jounced the limb.
3. Looking For Alaska by John Green
For Miles, when Alaska promises they’ll be continued, and then they aren’t.
2. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
For Cathy, when she and Tommy find out there’s no gallery.
1. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
For Ender, when he realizes he wasn’t playing a simulation after all.