The Collision Theory and Roller Skating Rinks - The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash by Candace Ganger Review

Monday, July 31, 2017
The Inevitable Collision of Birdie and Bash Review

I am handwriting my very first review today because I currently don't have access to Blogger's post editor *glares at wifi company* and I really can't wait any longer to get all my thoughts on paper, so bear (hehe, book insider pun) with me.

Synopsis & Details

Candace Ganger captures all the bumps in the road and simmering chemistry of those early days of first love in her young adult debut novel The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash. Ganger, a contributing writer for HelloGiggles, starts her writing career in her full of feels young read more... adult novel set around a skating rink with two characters you can’t help but root for. She explores this tender time during occasions of family tragedy, and whether young love can pull apart or become an anchor in the face of impossible circumstances.

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 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Brittani Hilles, Publicist, St. Martin’s Press | 646-307- 5558 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.

Loosely based on real life tragic circumstances, Ganger says, "I'd been wrestling with a family tragedy for years, wondering how I could write about this unfathomable event in a way that might help my family heal but nothing ever really felt right”. When Birdie and Bash came alive on the page that Ganger says “this was my way of re-writing their history with a little bit of hope”. Told in alternating perspectives, The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash is a beautiful, complex, and ultimately hopeful teen novel that will move you to the very last page.

Title: The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash
Series: N/A
Author: Candace Ganger
Publication Date: July 25th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Source: I received an arc from the publisher for review consideration (thanks St. Martin's Griffin!) this in no way affected my review, cross my heart.

I approached The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash a bit cautiously.

You see, I was right smack dab in the middle of a meh-ish book slump when I first picked it up, none of the books I'd read beforehand had really wowed me, so I was a bit worried I wouldn't like this one either, but oh god did I adore Birdie and Bash.

It did take me a bit to get into it, the first chapter took me like a week to get through cause the aforementioned previous books left me in such a weird funk, but once the story started moving, I was instantly hooked.

The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash had me on the edge of my seat pretty much the entire time (seriously, this book gave me so much second hand anxiety), I was just so worried about poor Bash....

I can't really say much because *spoilers* but let's just say this book deals with a pretty heavy issue from a unique perspective I've never seen before.

Birdie and Bash are some of the best characters I've met this year.

I just adore how Birdie's always spouting off facts both in her brain and out loud cause #relatable (hehe, why yes, I am the killjoy of my friend group with my constant factual reality checks), and Bash is just so *hugs character tightly*, BUT KYLE (view spoiler)[(sorry, I really can't help myself), oh god, Kyle... let's just say I kinda really want to rip him a new one right now, hmph...].

The collision theory is a running motif (look at me using a fancy schmancy literary term, my English teacher would be so proud) throughout the entire story, and honestly, I really loved that little detail. It works so well the with plot and added such charm to the entire book.

Some Cover Thoughts...

The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash's cover isn't really anything flashy but it fits the story pretty well. While the roller skating rink doesn't really come into the story till about a third of the way through, it ends up playing a pretty integral role in Birdie and Bash's relationship.

Diversity Corner...

Bash, one of the two narrators, is a first generation Brazilian American, and his mother (aka the most kick-ass lady ever) is also a single parent.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Have you ever been to a roller skating rink? I've been to one once during summer camp and it was pretty fun, only fell on my butt a couple time....
Enter the Giveaway
Picture of Candace Ganger Candace Ganger is a young adult author, contributing writer for Hello Giggles, 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. Candace—aka—Candyland—has a severe Milky Way latter addiction + eats way too many donuts/doughnuts but all things in excess, amiright? FYI: She’s totally awkward in person (#sorrynotsorry). She lives in Ohio with her family.
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