{Blog Tour} Review: The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash by Candace Ganger

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About The Book

 

31450675Published: July 25th 2017

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Source: ARC via Publisher/Netgalley

My Rating: 4andahalfstars-blk

Birdie never meant to be at the party. Bash should have been long gone. But when they meet, a collision course is set off they may never recover from.

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 soon links Birdie and Bash together—but 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, The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash by Candace Ganger is a beautiful, complex, and ultimately hopeful teen novel that will move you to the very last page.

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Review

Of all the books that I’ve read in 2017, Birdie & Bash is the one that nearly did me in! And when I get the materials for this blog tour, I find out that the author didn’t just make up this story, she lived it! Okay, so not word for word, but she has been living with a family tragedy and wanted to bring some closure/healing to everyone involved. And while I was falling hard for this adorable couple, I was a teary mess. Parts of this hit a little too close to home, and I found myself hesitant to continue, but I did. And I’m truly glad about it. If this book isn’t on your TBR, please add it. You won’t regret it, I promise!

How can love blossom under so much weight pressing down on it? That is the only thing that kept going through my mind. Sebastian (Bash) was involved in something very scary and tragic. Birdie is basically living a nightmare. I can’t spoil how these two are linked, but they somehow end up entwined with each other at a party. Bash was in danger of going gray, what with the big “secret” that he keeps from Birdie. And while he endures self struggles and family sickness, Birdie is equally, if not more, broken. All of this is going down and these two find comfort in each other. I can’t tell you how hard that is because there’s not a word for it. 

I love Birdie’s character. She is smart and witty, and it totally meshed well with the story itself. This could have been such a downer (in a good way), but the author did an amazing job of bringing out the funny things when it got a little too heavy. What’s that saying? The good and the bad. This book fits perfectly with that phrase.

Candace Ganger has now been added to my list of “must-read” authors. She has sold me completely with her debut. The writing is seasoned, the story is captivating, and I love the message that it delivered. It is tragic, but it is also hopeful. As of right now, this is the second best YA debut of the year for me; with THUG rolling in at number one. I really recommend this book. Steal it if you must! Okay, don’t steal it. I haven’t been this torn up over a YA book in a long time. Probably since TFIOS; so if you love John Green then this book will definitely hit the spot.

 

 

 

About The Author

View More: http://merindabuchananphotography.pass.us/candaceCandace Ganger is a feisty author with a passion for Tweeting cat memes. Her YA debut is THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH (St. Martin’s Griffin, July 25th, 2017), about two teens who fall in love, not knowing of each other’s connection to a horrific tragedy.

Candace is also a ghost-writer for award-winning nonfiction and best-selling fiction authors and contributing writer for Teen Vogue, Romper, Hello Giggles, Bustle, TWLOHA, XO Jane, and more. She’s worked previously as assistant editor for phys.org and her various creative endeavors (literally hundreds) are sprinkled all over the globe.

When she’s not writing for other people’s fame or stress baking, you can find her training for marathons in cemeteries or taming her two weird kids (not to be confused with her two weird cats) while consuming way too many Milky Way lattes. You can follow her obsessive cat picture posting shenanigans via @candylandgang on Twitter!

 

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Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen – My Favorite Title, Yet

23009402Published: May 5th, 2015 by: Viking Juvenile

Genres: YA, Contemporary, Realistic Ficton

Format: ebook Source: Library

My Rating: 4.5 Stars Add To Goodreads

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The Dirt on Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones

23848452Published: January 12th, 2016

by: St. Martin’s Press

Series: Charley Davidson #9

Genres: Adult-Fiction, Paranormal-Romance, Urban-Fantasy

Format: ebook

Source: Library

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

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In a small village in New York lives Jane Doe, a girl with no memory of who she is or where she came from. So when she is working at a diner and slowly begins to realize she can see dead people, she’s more than a little taken aback. Stranger still are the people entering her life. They seem to know things about her. Things they hide with lies and half-truths. Soon, she senses something far darker. A force that wants to cause her harm, she is sure of it. Her saving grace comes in the form of a new friend she feels she can confide in and the fry cook, a devastatingly handsome man whose smile is breathtaking and touch is scalding. He stays close, and she almost feels safe with him around.

But no one can outrun their past, and the more lies that swirl around her—even from her new and trusted friends—the more disoriented she becomes, until she is confronted by a man who claims to have been sent to kill her. Sent by the darkest force in the universe. A force that absolutely will not stop until she is dead. Thankfully, she has a Rottweiler. But that doesn’t help in her quest to find her identity and recover what she’s lost. That will take all her courage and a touch of the power she feels flowing like electricity through her veins. She almost feels sorry for him. The devil in blue jeans. The disarming fry cook who lies with every breath he takes. She will get to the bottom of what he knows if it kills her. Or him. Either way.

 

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