Severed Heads, Broken Hearts
If you look at the cover of this it may remind you a bit of that little bestseller, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, no doubt a deliberate move by the publisher – the good news for TFIOS fans is that Severed Heads, Broken Hearts is a really good read.
Severed Heads, Broken Hearts is a coming of age story, our hero is the golden boy, sporting legend, leader of the popular pack at school, Ezra Faulkner. At least that is what Ezra was until an accident takes everything he has known and flips his world upside down. As Ezra starts to re-establish his position in the school finding the process hard and lonely – enter the transfer student, Cassidy Thorpe. Cassidy is unlike anyone Ezra has ever met before, an enigma who challenges and pushes Ezra outside his comfort zone forcing him to take a look at the big picture and be honest with himself and those around him.
I’m not the target audience for this genre of book, but I read them because I enjoy them, and while this is aimed at the ‘young adult’ / ‘new adult’ age group, the issues it deals with are timeless and good to keep in mind no matter your age – what it means to be yourself and pursue your own dreams, not because others are doing it but because you want to and the value of friendship and how a true friend will forgive and stand by you no matter what.
Robyn Schneider has delivered a great story brilliantly written with some very funny scenes, and while I won’t go and spoil things and tell you about the ending, I will tell you that I ended up reading the last 30 odd pages as I walked to work as I couldn’t put it down to finish it later.