Title: The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash
Author: Candace Ganger
Date of Publication: July 25th, 2017
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.
I was extremely confused by this book. I assumed by the cover that it was going to be a cutesy type of book. I was also expecting a tragedy by the blurb. I love quirky humor which this book had it, and I like when there is tragedy which this book had it. But the way it was entwined together was very odd.
I don’t want to give anything away by saying what the tragedy was, but the way the characters acted at times was like it was no big deal. Also Birdie’s thirteen year old sister was running around with some twenty year old guy while the tragedy is going on, and the parents weren’t on top of that?
After the party at the beginning it takes almost half the book for Birdie and Bash to meet up again. But the relationship was strange considering the tragedy. Bash also does some really dumb throughout the book. Aside from the tragedy that happened earlier in the book, Birdie should have been trying to help her sister while her parents were occupied. Yes, I’m back on the subject of a thirteen year old hanging out with a twenty year old man! Because come the heck on!
Anyway, the humor and writing were really good, but the blend on this particular book just didn’t work for me, but it may work for you.
What do you think of the cover?