Take MP!’s crash course in Robyn Schneider, YA author extraordinaire

You’ve heard of John Green, Rainbow Rowell and Stephen Chbosky. You’ve got a bookshelf packed with YA titles, and an Amazon wishlist with even more, not mention their film counterparts. A calendar packed with release dates, a Tumblr devoted to your fandom – you love the YA scene and you’re not even trying to hide it.

If that’s you, or find at least one of those situations apply to you, then you need to give Robyn Schneider, a wonderful, thoughtful YA author you may or may not have already heard of, a try.

A quick introduction:

  • She studied medical ethics and creative writing at uni (she attended both Columbia University and University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine)
  • She lives in California
  • She’s written other books under the name Violet Haberdasher.

What you really need to know though is that she hit YA bookshelves in 2013 with her first YA novel, ‘The Beginning of Everything’, or ‘Severed Heads, Broken Hearts’ – and it’s really worth a read.

Why? Well, we have a few reasons.


From “Argh – I don’t even know where to start!” to “I am so in love with it”, it’s clear that Ingrid Nilson would suggest you read ‘The Beginning of Everything’, or whatever else Robyn Schneider might write.

BookReelKatie popped a post-it note into her copy of ‘Severed Heads, Broken Hearts’ every time she had a favourite line or scene, and as you can see, it’s kind of stuffed with those bright little bits of paper. Major thumbs up from Katie.

Sneaky peaks

If you’re interested in ‘The Beginning of Everything’, you should check out the first chapter to get a feel for the writing style and Robyn’s own brand of humour.

In fact, you should just listen to Robyn read it to you herself.

‘Extraordinary Means’

We at MP! loved ‘Extraordinary Means’. Like, ‘carrying it around the house sitting in uncomfortable positions, ignoring the world’ kind of loved it. As a result, we are 100% more likely to try out anything else Robyn releases, with the high hopes of finding something similar to our new fave novel.

Check out the trailer for ‘Extraordinary Means’  below if you want an idea of the story.



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Written by Laura Fulton

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