Goodreads rating: 4.14
Date published: July 25th, 2017 (USA)
About the Author
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 latte 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.
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.
Firstly, I’d like to thank St. Martin’s Press for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
In this story, we follow two characters: Birdie and Bash, and we have both of their POV. These two characters meet at a party, but since they go their separate ways without exchanging numbers or anything, they think they’ll never see each other again.
Later, they are linked by tragedy, but they don’t know it yet. When both of them eventually reconnect, they start falling for one another, only to find out they should never be together *cue dramatic music*
Birdie and Bash are total opposites: Birdie is a beautiful, smart girl with a big family; Bash is very poor, doesn’t like school and only has his mom – who, unfortunately, is dying of cancer. Against all odds, they end up working at the same place, and that’s when their story unfolds.
This book is not like your average contemporary story. Although there are some typical elements of contemporary romance in it, the story is much deeper than that. If you’re not usually a fan of contemporary because it’s always the same and too lovey-dovey, you might want to try this one out since it’s very different from the ones I’ve read so far!
“If you’re looking for sympathy, you’ll find it in the dictionary between shit and syphilis.”
I really liked the characters, I thought they were well thought-out, and I found their actions and thoughts to be realistic, even though the whole story is, like, extremely tragic and dramatic. Also, everyone is funny and witty as hell in this book! There is also a very nice family element, their dynamic was on point!
“So…,” I say. “Your name is?”
“Most people just refer to me as ‘that asshole.’”
Ganger’s writing is very easy to read, and it flows very nicely so I flew through this book – especially from the moment I realized there was going to be a slow-burning romance… sign me the fuck up!! I stayed up until I finished it, because I couldn’t stop reading, I just had to know how everything was going to play out.
“This is why I like science. Because factual answers are inevitable. But with love, feelings, sometimes they aren’t.”
As for the plot, I absolutely loved how the author connected all the characters and little details, I found it to be very intelligent. Also, although I now realize that there were subtle hints that should indicate that something would happen, I didn’t see most of it coming, so I was very impressed with that.
“Idiota!” I shout (Ma would be proud I still use my Portuguese).
Another element I loved was the fact that Bash and his Ma were Brazilian, and from time to time there would be Portuguese words or expressions in the text. Obviously, seeing my native language in a foreign book is very cool!
Overall, I very much enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to pretty much anyone who’s remotely interested in a meaningful story with a bit of romance in it!
Thank you so much for reading,
I’ll see you on my next post ♡