About The Book
Published: July 25th 2017
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: ARC via Publisher/Netgalley
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.
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
Candace 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!