Thursday, 8 August 2013
Review: Severed Heads, Broken Hearts by Robyn Schneider
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.
A quick review for this one.
This book is beautifully written throughout and almost quite lyrical throughout. I enjoyed that aspect of the book a lot. I loved how funny it was throughout the entire story and I must admit it did make me chuckle a lot. I loved loved loved the character of Toby. He was geeky cool and definitely the type of boy I would have fallen head over heels for as a teenager (even though he clearly wouldn't have been interested in me in that way).
However there was several things about the book that weren't for me. I didn't click with the main character Ezra at all and found him quite hard to relate to and therefore be sympathetic towards. I also felt the story was quite slow in places and I felt my mind wandering hoping that something exciting would come along soon. I also really didn't like the ending at all. It actually annoyed me quite a lot as it was one of those I didn't see the point of.
All in all not my favourite read of the year but if you are an avid John Green fan you'll probably devour it in one sitting.