- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (July 25, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250116228
- ISBN-13: 978-1250116222
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.3 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
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"Ganger alternates between Bash’s and Birdie’s perspectives, and readers will be anxious for Birdie to realize Bash’s true identity, and for Bash to come forward to someone―anyone―with the truth. Bash’s friendship with the troubled Kyle, who does nothing but treat him poorly, is puzzling, fascinating, and yet painfully true to life. Hand to fans of Jennifer Niven’s All the Bright Places (2015)." - Booklist
"One of 2017's Biggest Debuts... Obsession-worthy." - Bustle
“Chemistry geeks will get a kick out of this nerdy story about how love and loss can go hand in hand…Readers will cheer for Birdie as she struggles to get out of her own way, and readers’ hearts will break for Bash as he struggles to cope with his mom’s terminal cancer. Unknowingly connected by both love and tragedy, these two unlikely opposites will collide like molecules with sufficient kinetic energy and, together, create something greater than the sum of their individual parts.” - Romantic Times
"Smart, raw, often biting in its reflections of the haves and have-nots, this debut will appeal to fans of John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines. Birdie and Bash are part of a cast of characters so vividly drawn, you’ll find yourself not only wanting to (re)study chemistry but learning what you get in life isn’t always what you deserve - sometimes it’s more. Candace Ganger’s breathtaking debut is a must-have for every shelf." - Patty Blount, award-winning author of Some Boys
"The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash is part love story, part page-turner, and part intricate character study. Ganger writes her characters with great care, and the beautifully structured story is filled with giant truths and tiny, perfect details. Falling for this book was quick, thrilling and, yes, inevitable." - Corey Ann Haydu, author ofOCD Love Story and The Careful Undressing of Love
"Smart, emotionally rich, and beautifully written, The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash is an unforgettable, heartfelt novel―realistic YA at its best.” - Jamie Kain, author of Instructions for the End of the World and The Good Sister
"A smart, complex story with textured characters that lift off the page. Candace Ganger has a rare talent for weaving together two compulsively readable voices." - Jessica Taylor, author of Wandering Wild and A Map for Wrecked Girls
"Smart, intense, heartbreaking…this debut novel is a must read."―Kim Turrisi, author of Just a Normal Tuesday
"A stunning and brilliantly crafted debut that peels back layers to the raw and the real. My theory: Candace Ganger’s talent is something you definitely want to collide with, immediately. Birdie + Bash = 2 characters impossible not to fall in love with." - K.M. Walton, author of Empty, Cracked, and Ultimatum
"The book will make you laugh, definitely make you cry, and it might even make you question some of your own choices. It’s fun, smart, witty, and emotionally traumatizing and I wouldn’t want it any other way." – Reed’s Reads and Reviews
"Loss, grief, love, friendship, coming of age and more populate this novel. It's a really wonderful debut. This book has 'movie' written all over it. Fans of John Greenwill enjoy this one." – A Bookworm’s World
About the Author
CANDACE GANGER is a contributing writer for HelloGiggles 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. She lives in Ohio with her family.
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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.
The novel centers on Bash, Sebastian Alvaréz, and Birdie Paxton, who meet at a party. There is an undeniable attraction between them, but their moment together is over in a flash, and they don’t even exchange names. Neither even know if they will see the other again. Unbeknownst, to either of them, a horrifying tragedy is about to tie them together before they meet again at the local skating rink.
The story of Birdie and Bash is complex and layered with the main story arc that ties Birdie and Bash together. Additionally, there is the separate story of Bash and his mother, as well as Bash’s issues with Kyle. All are intertwined and make the entire novel more interesting as you hope for a positive outcome in the end for the characters.
Overall, The Inevitable Collision of Birdie and Bash by Candace Ganger is a great novel that had me glued to the pages from start to finish. I loved Birdie and Bash as characters, and how they cared for their family. I eagerly recommend and can’t wait to read more by this author.
(I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book I received for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)