Genres: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
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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.
~Birdie and Bash’s story can be categorized in under three words: old-fashioned, outdated, and original.
Okay, okay, okay, okay, technically, it's four words. Give me a break.
Certainly, Birdie and Bash’s story is real. Very, very real. At first, they meet at a party, where they conversate about nothingness and everything(ness?), but they lose touch, forgetting one another. Their lives are forced to collide, quickly, almost devastatingly so, upon the conversion of their two tragedies.
Birdie and Bash’s story is consistently outdated. Cigarettes are everyone’s drug-of-choice, and what were the police in this small town doing throughout the entire span of this novel, anyway?
And really, can we start normalizing kinder behavior to partners? I’m saddened to still be demanding this. Bash was so cruel to Birdie, and it was such intolerable behavior, considering he was the partial cause of her problem.
I’ve seen comparisons to John Green’s work, and I can definitely understand where it stems from. If anyone has seen and/or read Nichola Sparks’s THE LAST SONG or STUCK IN LOVE, you'll probably spy tons of similarities. I’ve pinpointed numerous ones myself. Mainly, because I loved both.
Their story is split between POVs, their reaction to their tragedies, their social lives, their equally diverse personalities. I truly didn’t care for Bash’s side of the story, honestly, but Birdie was such a phenomenal, gut-wrenchingly, genuine, emotional storyteller. AND a relatable one, at that. I worried alongside her, nibbled my nails, sighed in relief, And not only that, Birdie and I shared a shoe-size and she wears glasses. UGH, I need to see so many more bespectacled MCs. Plsthnx. You go, Birds.The ending promised a reconciliation between the two. I would've preferred an update within Birdie's family because the whole lot of them had grown on me. Although, I'm still a fan of both Birdie and Bash, and they grew on me all the same, but they needed stability and they both lacked it.
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