The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider (also known as Severed heads, Broken hearts) was read in a day or so. This is the end of me reading YA novels, I swear.
Ezra Faulkner is seventeen, a high school tennis star (in a world where tennis is cool) and his girlfriend is another hot tennis player. On top of all that, Ezra is intelligent enough to make jokes that none of his jock friends understand but he likes his uncomplicated, tennis-centred life. Until he's in a car accident after which he can never play tennis again. Upon going back to school Ezra feels unable to rejoin the world of jocks and instead he becomes friends with a new girl who is (of course) completely different to his previous life.
This book is a dream if you're a slightly pretentious teenager and as a former pretentious teenager I can only imagined that I would have loved this when I was seventeen. You will positively drown in high school cliques which is not bad at all if you happen to love sassy, sarcastic, intellectual nerds which this book is basically an accolade towards. As far as characters... The new girl is so much of a cool nerd that she becomes slightly unlikable and Ezra continuously balances a fine line between being too smart for his own good (jokes in latin?) and being unbelievably dumb. (But I love Ezra's best friend, Toby.) However, this was such an entertaining little read and I wish it had been around seven years ago. A definite recommendation to all those nerd-lovers out there.