Severed Heads, Broken Hearts – book review

Severed Heads, Broken Hearts

Severed Heads, Broken Hearts is a hilarious and heart-wrenching book, written by Robyn Schneider.

Ezra Faulker believes everyone has a tragedy waiting for them. In one night, a reckless driver ruined everything for the golden boy. Not only did the crash shatter Ezra’s knee, it also ruined his career as a jock and his social life.

Ezra finds himself at a table of misfits, where he meets new girl Cassidy Thorpe. Cassidy is unlike anyone Ezra has ever met. She’s intelligent, funny, mysterious, and determined to bring Ezra along on her endless adventures.

Together, Ezra and Cassidy do things Ezra has never done before. They take part in flash mobs, go on a hunt for buried treasure, go to secret movie screenings and watch the Disneyland fireworks from the roof of Ezra’s car. But in this new friendship, Ezra learns that sometimes, like books, people are easy to misread. Now he has to consider this – if one’s singular tragedy has already hit, what would happen if misfortune were to strike again?


Fun, emotional and witty, Severed Heads, Broken Hearts is a book I thoroughly enjoyed reading. I got into this book not knowing what to expect, and I’m glad I didn’t know much about this book beforehand. It was exciting reading and having no clue as to where this book might go. I loved the way this book was written. Everything flowed smoothly and there was a perfectly paced plot with a lot of intriguing and fun characters.

I was very emotionally committed to this book. I think this would mainly be because the characters seemed so real and because they were really easy to connect with and relate to. It’s really great to feel connected to the characters because then that makes the book all the more enjoyable to read because you feel like these people are real and they are living real lives. For a short period of time, I guess they are. These characters were human lives preserved in written form and I feel so happy that I got to know them in the time that I read this book.

The thing I loved most about this book would definitely be the characters. They were all extremely exciting to read about and I was so curious to learn more about them, Cassidy in particular. It was fun to read from Ezra’s point of view and I really enjoyed seeing his side of things. I was a little confused at the beginning of what was going on because it was so fast-paced, but I caught up and understood what was going on quickly. I loved reading about Ezra’s school and it was easy for me to picture the friendship groups and the cliques.

One of the characters I loved most was Toby. He was a really interesting person to read about. One of the things I loved about Toby, besides his awesome and hilarious personality was the fact that he liked Doctor Who. I got all of the references in this book and it really showed me how much of a complete nerd I am. Nerd and proud!

Cassidy was a really interesting character. A couple of the things that happened in the story made me question whether I really knew who Cassidy really was. I liked her air of mystery and she was extremely intriguing to read about. There seemed to be a lot of things that didn’t add up with her and I loved discovering what her secrets where. Some things that I learnt about Cassidy really shocked me. I found myself gasping and shouting at this book, even crying in points. This book made me so emotional and I absolutely loved that.

Another character I loved was Ezra’s dog, Cooper. Cooper was constantly in the book and I loved how Ezra could tell what Cooper was thinking by the way he acted. That dog was so sweet and I loved him to bits.

There was so much I loved about this book. I loved watching the relationship between Ezra and Cassidy grow. Some of the things they did together were unfathomably cute and I practically died of cuteness in the scenes they were together. One of the parts in this book however, I threw down my book because I couldn’t handle just how idiotic one of the characters was being. I was actually reading this part of the book as I was riding as a passenger in a car somewhere because I just couldn’t put the book down. The windows were down and I was having a great time until I read the part that made me throw my book down and start yelling at one of the characters. I was seriously contemplating throwing the book out the window of the moving car at this point. But I didn’t, because I desperately wanted to know how this character was going to redeem themselves and I wanted to know how the book was going to end. So instead of throwing the book out the window, I ranted to my friend in the car who was completely uninterested in what I was saying, but I just had to rant to someone.

Overall, this book in incredible and I loved every second of reading it. I wasn’t 100% happy with the ending, but life doesn’t always end the way we want it to, so I guess ending portrays life and is realistic. I’d hate a super cheesy ending, so I’ll have to be happy with the way this book ended. I’d give Severed Heads, Broken Hearts by Robyn Schneider a score of 9 out of 10. If you haven’t already read this stunning book, I definitely recommend it!

A huge thank you to Simon & Schuster Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!

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