“Dear Birdy, Princess Birdzilla von MuffinStuff, Keeper of Dreams, Lover of our Fine Feathered Friends, queen of my life and light of my world, I hope this letter finds you well. If you are reading this then I am gone, and sweetheart, I am so sorry.
Chi-town professional Wren Riley is 25 and a rising star in the business world. She can eat a man alive and laugh about it to her girlfriends in seconds flat–and she does, on the regular. Behind the power suits and the flashing, flirty eyes, however, Wren has a secret, vulnerable side. Following a devastating loss and the discovery of a bird journal she and her father made together years before, Wren sets out to seek peace, closure, and something she just can’t name. Is that something tied to the little paper cranes she keeps finding along the way?
Laurence Byrd grew up a lanky Hoosier kid with the good/bad fortune of having the same name as the state’s perennial basketball legend. With a better affinity for dogs than sports or school, he ends up in the Army instead of the Chicago art school of his dreams. Still, his service to our country is something he can be proud of–until an argument with the girl who means the world to him results in a series of events that blows his life apart. With no one left to understand him, black sheep Laurie pours out his heart into letters and drawings he never intends to send–then he folds them into paper cranes that he leaves behind like messages in little winged bottles. He never dreams someone might be finding them.
God damn it, Sylvia, for a few moments I tricked myself into feeling really alive. I cut it off before anyone got hurt, but just for a moment or two, I really thought I might feel something again–something like trust. Something like love. Not the kind of love we had, but something new. Something like hope.
Spoiler alert: Wren and Laurie are going to meet. And when they do, their lives are never going to be the same.”
– Taken from Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18004580-bird-after-bird)
I’d like to thank NetGalley and Fido Publishing for providing me with a free copy of this book.
If I had to summarize this book in as few words as possible, I’d say: New Adult meets Adult. This book is eerily reminiscent of the New Adult genre because both of the main characters have had tragedies in their past. Wren’s past is more open, so to say, than Laurie’s. We know from the outset what has happened to Wren. Laurie, on the other hand, takes a little longer to trust us with his personal tragedy. And why Adult? Well, because both of the characters, while young, are already out of college.
My favorite parts where the ones with Wren’s dad’s letters. They would always put me on the edge of crying. I wish I had a dad like this, who knew me that well. Then again, if I had a dad like this, my childhood would have been a nightmare, as I have a deep dislike for birds on the loose (after being attacked by one, I have learned to stay the heck away from them), so bird observation is not a hobby for me. I do, however, understand the role played by birding here, and it is a major one.
As for the romance, there were time I wanted to throttle Laurie and Wren, and then make them kiss. Their going back and forth was frustrating at points. In spite of these frustrations (I just wanted them to finally get their HEA, that’s understandable, right?), it was a very entertaining read, that made me forget about real life for a couple of hours and even gave me delusions of actually wanting to go birding (I’d then stop, shake my head, and go back to reading).
Rating: 3.5 out of 5