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The Odds of You and Me

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  190 ratings  ·  38 reviews
In the vein of Meg Donohue and Sarah Jio, Cecilia Galante’s second novel delivers the powerful story of one young woman who’s faced with an impossible choice—one that could have her making the biggest mistake of her life.

Thirteen days. That’s all Bernadette, “Bird,” Sincavage has left to go until she’s done with her probation and can be free again. Free from making
Paperback, 370 pages
Published January 31st 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's a bit unbelievable to me still, how books can sometimes completely blindside you. You'll be going about your daily life, a book will fall into your lap, and suddenly it's the exact story that you need to read at that exact moment. It's like the author knew just who you were, and what was missing, and came along to fill that void. The Odds of You and Me was exactly that. I wasn't expecting this book, it simply showed up for review. I'm honestly so glad that it did. I can't believe I almost ...more
DJ Sakata
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He was two and a half years old by then and just starting to make the transition to big-boy underpants. I was twenty-two and just starting to figure out that maybe I hadn’t ever learned how to make the transition to big-girl underpants.

He had small teeth, and too many of them, the ones in front crowded and overlapped like kids pushing in line.

When I was little, I used to stare at the cross during Mass and wait for Jesus to come down off it. I pictured Him shaking his arms –
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I recently took a break from reviewing so this is my first review in a while. I chose this book because it looked significantly different from what I usually read. I wanted an author that I had never read before and a topic that wasn’t a “safe bet” for me. So I picked up The Odds of You and Me, not really knowing how it would go but embracing this brand new experience and luckily, my gamble paid off.

I was initially hesitant about this book because after reading the blurb, I had some doubts about
Cindy Roesel
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 wasthe 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 facedwith an impossible choice—
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Odds of You and Me by Cecilia Galante is a compelling novel about a woman caught between doing what is best for herself and her young son and her loyalty to someone from her past.

Bernadette "Bird" Connolly has finally made her final restitution payment and she is making plans for her and her son Angus's future. Staying out of trouble should not be any problem until her probation ends in two weeks, but when she agrees to run an errand for her mom, she makes a startling discovery that could
Luanne Ollivier
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 The Odds of You and Me is Cecilia Galante's latest novel.

It was the cover that first drew me to the book. I love those little sneakers protected by the bigger pair.

And that's the premise of the book....

Bird Connolly is a young single mom to four year old Angus. She loves him more than anything, but wishes their lives were different. Living with her mother cleaning houses was not what she imagined for herself. At one time, she wanted to be a nurse. But some bad choices have set her back. But
Margo Littell
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bernadette “Bird” Connolly is close to freedom. After a stint on probation, punishment for writing bad checks to get herself and her son, Angus, through a rough patch, Bird has just thirteen days left before she can bid her parole officer goodbye. Determined to turn over a new leaf, she is confident that nothing can go wrong. She spends her days navigating her son’s preschool friendships, planning a move to a lovely new apartment, and cleaning houses with her mother, who believes that what Bird ...more
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the second book from Cecilia Galante that I have reviewed (the first is The Invisibles--see review here) so I was excited to read The Odds of You and Me. What I like about Galante's writing is that she makes her characters real and no matter how prickly they are or how you may shake your head at their life choices or actions, you come to care about them--they feel like friends that you want the best for. Bird Sincavage is one of those great characters. At times I disliked her and ...more
Belle Ellrich
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cecilia Galante has brought reality to life inThe Odds of You and Me.A topic that is very rare in YA because of its sensitivity to some readers has been addressed. That topic—that sensitive, rare topic—is rape.

Bernadette—otherwise known as Bird—has been on probation for writing faulty checks, and has only thirteen days left before she is free to go about her life as she wants. She's come up with a plan for the time she is free, and that plan is to move her son and herself out of her mother's
Kassie Kay
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't find a reason not to give this book five stars.The cover art on this book is adorable and the book has a lifetime movie plot.
A young mother named Bernadette is on parole for writing bad checks and she ends up moving back into her mother's house with her young son Angus to pay off the bad checks and also to start saving money and getting her life on track. She visits her parole officer Mrs.Ross in the beginning of the book and we find out she only has thirteen days left on parole. She
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I went into this book blind, with no expectations of it. So I was stunned with how quickly this book got under my skin and didn't let go.

This is the story of Bird, a young mother, with two weeks of probation left. If she can get through this time with no incidents, she gets her life back, her sense of freedom and self-determination. She's made her mistakes, she's paid her debt, and she just wants to put it all behind her.

But then someone from her past returns, and she has to make a choice: does
I've thought hard about this review. While there are a lot of aspects I disliked, there were also aspects so well done that, for me, those flaws were overshadowed. Thus, the three-star rating. I liked this book. I almost liked it very much. But I did find it slow to read despite devouring previous Galante novels in very short times. In part, this is probably to do with having read it as an ebook, but it also was less interesting than I expected. Some minor faults I felt existed were ...more
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Bernadette (“Bird”) Connolly, 25, only has 13 days left until the end of her probation for having written some bad checks at the grocery store when she was desperate to provide for herself and her new toddler Angus. She already paid off the restitution fees, and is looking forward to moving with Angus to a nice new place, instead of living with her mother, with whom she argues constantly. Bird’s mother is deeply religious, and doesn’t approve of her daughter. The mom also repeatedly harps on ...more
John Clark
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Told in alternating now and flashback chapters, this is a very moving and sad story. Bird is trying to do the right things and in thirteen days, she'll be off probation. Then the Fates intervene, putting someone from her painful past in her path. James was possibly the only bright spot in a very dreary and traumatic time in Bird's life. However, he's on the run and she knows any involvement with him is going to jeopardize her probation. Nevertheless, something inside her compels Bird to act. Is ...more
Nov 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Bernadette "Bird" has less than two weeks to complete her probation for writing bad checks to pay for diapers and food for her young son. A single mom with a complicated history with her mom, Bird is trying hard to make a new start when she discovers her former coworker James, a badly-injured fugitive with a stolen gun, hiding in her local church. Bird must grapple with the dilemma of whether to help him as he once helped her, while balancing her job, parenting, her grief about some events in ...more
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-fiction
Have you ever finished a book and found yourself still thinking about the characters days later? This is one of those. I'm still wondering about Bird and her relationship with her mom. I'm still hoping that Bird made the right choices. I would like to meet Mrs. Ross and give her a hug for doing the right thing. I'd like to go hang out with Jane and Bird some evening, and see if their kids become friends. I would like to go to the attic and have Bird show me the box of her childhood items and ...more
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

There are plenty of other reviews with a story outline, so I won't.

This is the first book that I have read by Cecilia Galante and she is a very talented author. The writing style is very easy and I really felt the characters. The story is not a happy one, but it does have a HEA in its own way. If you think this sounds interesting, I totally recommend it.
Trina Kadjeski
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this audio book as the characters were very real and complex and every character was important to the story. I felt pity, compassion and anger towards different characters throughout the book. The religious theme added depth and I enjoyed the local references to authors hometown. I am looking forward to reading her other books.
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've been a big Cecilia Galante fan for awhile and THE ODDS OF YOU AND ME is so lovely. Galante lets us see into two people who it would be very easy to write off--a man accused of murder and a young, single mom--and imbues her characters with such nuance and compassion, that even when they're behaving badly, it's hard to not care for them.
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I really didn’t know how it was going to end and there were many twists that I didn’t anticipate. The character of Bird is easy to root for even when she is making questionable decisions. She feels real and relatable and it was easy to get pulled into her life.
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Featuring a unique, compelling premise; flawed, but likable characters; and some poignant, hard-earned life lessons, THE ODDS OF YOU AND ME is an engrossing, touching novel that I ended up enjoying quite a lot. It's heartbreaking and depressing in a lot of ways, but also moving and hopeful.
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
At first I thought this was your average teenage book (cover looked teenage-y) but turns out it isn't. I was drawn to Bird's struggles and wayward relationship with her mom. The author's way of story-telling was so vivid that it made me feel like I was really poring through the character's mind.
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much! It was an easy read, I finished it within two days. Fell in love with the characters and could totally relate to the circumstances and relations with one another. One of the best books I've read in quite a while.
May 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Read this book in a couple of was ok but I found it was kind of dragged out. Easy reading.
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lovely story and I really liked the writing.
Lisa Beckelhimer
Mar 15, 2017 rated it liked it
The best I can say about this book is that it was OK. The story was interesting and I did want to keep reading. But the main character was so unlikable that I truly had trouble empathizing with her. She was down on her luck and trying to get her life together. But 13 days before her probation ends, she screws up big time by harboring a fugitive. I won't spoil the ending, but it doesn't end well. Throughout the book, she waffles back and forth about her mother (with whom she and her young son ...more
Brianne Helaudais
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Book received for free from GoodReads First Reads

This was a well-written, fast read. I was disappointed with the story though. The near-constant bad decisions made by the characters was extremely frustrating and made it very hard for me to care about them. I was also a little disappointed with the way the book ended, but I won't give details about that.
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
The cover of this book is what originally caught my eye. Then the synopsis drew me in. I was so excited to have the opportunity to review this book and it did not disappoint. Bird is the main character and while I did not agree with some of her actions I was rooting for her the entire time! Bird's relationship with her son, Angus, is adorable and you can really see that she wants the best for him... she just may not always make the best choices to get there. Bird is a great character because she ...more
Ricki Treleaven
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I almost put this book down several times. I tried to like Bird, but the more I learned about her life, about her mistakes, I became distracted by Pink's "Stupid Girls" that kept looping through my brain.

The book begins when Bird meets with her parole officer: She only has thirteen days until her parole is up. She paid back the judgment against her for writing bad checks, but she had to move into her mother's home in order to afford the payments. Bird doesn't get along with her mother. She is
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thirteen days, that's all she needed, but her whole world changed in that time frame. I enjoyed this complex and compelling story. I couldn't wait to pick it up again to find out what was going to happen to James and Bird. James was an intriguing character and so was Mr. Herron. I got mad at Jane several times, but got over it by the end of the story. I think it was a great read. Would recommend reading it. I won my book from Goodreads Giveaways.
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Cecilia Galante is the author of several middle grade, young adult and adult novels. She also teaches 8th grade English at Wyoming Seminary Prep School, and teaches creative writing in the MFA program at Wilkes University.