Robyn Schneider's “Severed Heads, Broken Hearts” is a witty and heart-wrenching teen novel that will appeal to fans of books by John Green and Ned Vizzini and novels such as “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”. 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 career as a jock, 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. Together, Ezra and Cassidy discover flash mobs, buried treasure, secret movie screenings, and a poodle that might just be the reincarnation of Jay Gatsby. 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? With lyrical writing, nerdy humor, and realistic romance, Robyn Schneider's “Severed Heads, Broken Hearts” is a story about how difficult it is to play the part people expect, and how new beginnings can stem from abrupt and tragic endings.