I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH by Candace Ganger. It may have been a book that made me want to read it based on title alone. But it was an incredible and completely unexpected read in all the best ways and it completely blew me away.
If you’d like to know what I thought about this amazing story, my review follows below. But on a personal note I have to admit that I may have sobbed my way through much of the book but was left smiling at the story’s end.
About THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH
Title: THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH
Author: Candace Ganger
Release date: July 25, 2017
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Read an EXCERPT
Sebastian Alvaréz is just trying to hold the pieces together, to not flunk out, to keep his sort-of-best friend Wild Kyle from doing something really bad. And to see his beloved Ma through chemo. But when he meets Birdie Paxton, a near-Valedictorian who doesn’t realize she’s smoking hot in her science pun T-shirt, at a party, an undeniable attraction sparks. And suddenly he’s not worried about anything.
But before they are able to exchange numbers, they are pulled apart. A horrifying tragedy links Birdie and Bash together – yet neither knows it. When they finally reconnect, and are starting to fall – hard – the events of the tragedy unfold, changing both their lives in ways they can never undo.
Told in alternating perspectives full of the best nerdy banter this side of Ohio, some seriously awesome skate moves, and the promise of a kiss destined to make the world stop turning, The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash will break your heart and put it back together again.
NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A Kindle eCopy was purchased for my collection.
From its title, THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH may lead one to believe it’s a lighthearted story about two young people who are destined to meet. Perhaps in some chaotic or bizarrely funny way. But while destiny and chaos may play a part in this story, the events that bring Birdie and Bash together are anything but light or fun.
Theirs is a story that is devastatingly heartbreaking, incredibly moving, achingly hopeful. Their lives are consumed by pain, tragedy and loss. But their connection is more than one based on shared sorrow. And their love story, while bittersweet, cannot be called tragic.
If Birdie hadn’t been so upset about the news she received about her scholarship, she never would have gone to the party. She never would have met Bash that night. She never would have felt the need to try and confess to her mother, setting in motion the events that led to the worst thing to ever happen to her family.
If Bash had listened to his mother, he never would have stayed friends with Kyle. He never would have been at the party where he met Couch Girl, a.k.a. Birdie. He never would have witnessed Kyle doing the stupidest thing in his life, setting in motion the events that led to Bash making the worst mistake of his.
If either had done just one thing differently, it might have been enough to alter both outcomes. So many things had to come together just right for them to meet, for their lives to become inextricably interwoven, and for their worlds to be forever changed.
Candace Ganger created a story about love and family and friendship that is unexpected and beautiful and heartrending. She introduces two characters who are interesting, kind, strong, sympathetic, and immensely likable. And she challenges them to find their way through their anguish and to each other.
Told in alternating points of view, THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH promises to put readers and characters alike through an emotional wringer. It invites them to question destiny, fate, and scientific theory. It is sad but not dark. It is sweet but not saccharine. It is gorgeous and intense and absolutely unforgettable.
Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.
About Candace Ganger
CANDACE GANGER is a young adult author, contributing writer for Hello Giggles, and obsessive marathoner. Aside from having past lives as a singer, nanotechnology website editor, and world’s worst vacuum sales rep, she’s also ghostwritten hundreds of projects for companies, best-selling fiction and award-winning nonfiction authors alike. Candace—aka—Candyland—has a severe Milky Way latter addiction + eats way too many donuts/doughnuts but all things in excess, amiright? FYI: She’s TOTALLY awkward in person (#sorrynotsorry). She lives in Ohio with her family.