I absolutely loved young-adult author, Cecilia Galante’s first novel for adults, THE INVISIBLES (HarperCollins)! And to write I was excited when I heard she’d written another one for adults is at best, an understatement. I WAS THRILLED! Having read THE ODDS OF YOU AND ME (WilliamMorrow), it seems excitement was the appropriate reaction, because “between you and me,” THE ODDS OF YOU AND ME is fabulous, as well.
In THE ODDS OF YOU AND ME, Bernadette “Bird” Sincavage is faced with an impossible choice—one where she could possibly make the biggest mistake of her life.
Thirteen days. That’s all “Bird” has left to go until she’s finished with her probation for writing bad checks to the local supermarket and then, she’s free. She’s so excited to give her four-year old son, Angus, the normal life he deserves, she can almost taste it. Soon they’ll move out of her annoying mother’s house to new apartment in a new town and start a fresh, new life together. But trouble soon appears, in the form of a guy she used to work with. “Bird” is shocked to see James Rittenhouse being arrested on the evening news for assault in a bar.
“My mouth falls open, listening. Critical care unit? Severe head injuries? James?”
“Bird” is even more shocked while searching for her mother’s sweater up in the church choir loft, she finds James hiding – after escaping police custody, with a broken leg and he’s pointing a gun at her.
She doesn’t tell anyone she’s seen him, but if only she could put away that sad, terrified look in his eyes and the fact he’s hurt. And more importantly, if she could only forget how he helped her out years ago, and she owes him. Will “Bird” jeopardize her, and her son’s future for someone out of the past? Is she ready to face a bunch of secrets she’s put behind her, ones she’d rather forget? Or will she turn a blind eye and learn to live with the consequences?
It’s amazing how love can make us behave in ways we’d never dream possible.
Cecilia Galante, received an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College, Vermont, and is the author of eight young adult novels and a children’s chapter-book series. She has been the recipient of many awards, including an NAIBA Best Book of the Year, and an Oprah’s Teen Read Selection for her first novel, The Patron Saint of Butterflies. She lives in Kingston, Pennsylvania with her three children.