Perfect Beach Reads - Book Review


"Golden boy Ezra Faulkner believes everyone has a tragedy waiting for them - a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen. His own tragedy waited until he had everything to lose - in one night, a reckless driver shatters Ezra's knee, his athletic career, and his perfect life. No longer part of the popular crowd, Ezra finds himself at the table of misfits, where he encounters Cassidy Thorpe. Intelligent, effortless and wonderfully weird, she is unlike anyone Ezra's ever met before. Together they discover flash mobs, buried treasure, secret movie screenings and a poodle with a questionable history. But as Ezra dives into new friendships and new love, he is forced to ask: if you've managed to survive disaster, what happens when it strikes again?"

I know they say that you should never judge a book by it's cover but is it wrong to judge it by how quotable it is? This is one of those books that I read with my pen and moleskin lying next to me so I didn't miss any of the perfect lines that I knew I would want to remember later.  I know it might not be technically the best way to judge a book but if I have a page full of quotes from it then I always think it's a keeper.

This book really took me by surprise, I read it a while ago, I think just about the time it was released and I hadn't heard anything about it yet and just sort of took a chance on it.  But here's the thing I was completely freaked out by the name and it nearly put me off buying it, a little disclaimer about me is I really don't like to read books that have a possible unhappy ending and having the words 'severed heads' in the title sort of gave me the feeling that the main character may end up not in the best shape by the end of the book, but thankfully the reason for the title is addressed literally within the first few pages and it's really nothing like I thought it would mean which was a relief.

I fell completely head over heels for this book, I just love, love, love the writing style and I think the story is based around the most fascinating idea too.  Ezra has such a beautiful mind and the way he looks at life is just really interesting and it's amazing getting to see this theory he has about life get tested after he experiences his own tragedy and then tries to work out how to be the person he used to be after it. 
It also puts to test that whole 'Manic Pixie Dream Girl' character and sort of uses Ezra as a way of finding out whether or not she exists that way in real life or if she exists more like that in his head, the way he wants to see her maybe more than the way she actually is?

This is a perfect coming of age story, its got that whole indie film, Joseph Gordon-Levitt feel to it, do you know what I mean?  It makes you want to talk about it after you've read it, to ask people if they got it the same way you did.  It really is a wonderful book and the comparisons to John Green are so on point but if anything I would say for me this has a little more of a realistic, real world edge to it.  It's more funny and a lot more optimistic in the characters outlooks than most of John Greens are too.

You can buy the book HERE for £5.25
and you can buy it on Kindle for £3.49
You can also check out Robyn, the authors YouTube channel HERE which gives you more info about the book too.

P.S This book is called The Beginning of Everything in some countries, so just in case you thought it sounded familiar but didn't recognise the name.

Let me know of any of you have read the book and what you think of it?