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I wish more than anything that there was a 4.5 star rating. I LOVED THIS BOOK!
Congratulations, Stefne Miller, you won for most awesome book I’ve read in a long time.
As a writer who is a Christian (and don’t you dare stop reading this just because I said that word! Don’t you dare!), I had stopped reading Christian fiction because I was tired of it’s preachiness. I don’t want love to come softly! I want to be swept off my feet in an epic, relevant, titillating, relevant, exciting (did I say relevant?) story that people from all walks of life can enjoy. And Collision did just that.
Basic premise? Cabot, the “it” boy celebrity (think Sexiest Man Alive) goes to a house in the country for a couple months to find some solace. There is only one other person there: Kei, a gorgeous, red-headed missionary girl. She has no idea who he is. Add water, stir, and you get a captivating, life-altering love story.
What a breath of fresh air!
The book is written in first person and I love being in Cabot’s head. Although written by a woman, he thinks guy-thoughts. And what’s more than that: he makes celebrities human. If for no other reason (and there are a lot more reasons!) celebrity humanity is why I want teens to read this book. The first few paragraphs about press interviews sure sounded like prostitution to me. And the parallel (whether intentional or no) is right on the money. Ms. Miller did a great job getting inside Cabot’s head and telling it like it is.
Kei is breathtakingly real. Principled but not preachy, she is a heroine to the highest degree. She is beautifully flawed, absolutely truthful and not your average missionary kid. Her past makes her present even more miraculous, and her authenticity makes her undeniably attractive. Although we hear about her beauty, it is her heart that we (and Cab) fall in love with.
The story was great. I loved the idea of two people from two completely different worlds getting a glimpse of the other. I loved seeing their ideas turned on their heads. I loved the intricacies of their story and the little twists that left him chasing her. And oh how I love that he chased her.
Again- it was the authenticity of the story that really gripped me. Kei is how missionaries think. Kei is how they live. Kei is NOT how they are often portrayed! My little post-modern heart was doing backflips at the facades that honesty tore down!
“So why only four stars, Laura? I mean, if you’re going to recommend this book to everyone you know…” Good question, reader! Like I said, I wish there’d been a 4.5 star option. Here is where the .5 point went: Kei’s dialect (although it got better as the book went on) was a leeeeeetle bit annoying. Especially in the first scene. Although the “nobbing” conversation had me giggling like a little girl, that word is so ridiculous! Also, a tiny bit too much time is spent in Uganda- I began to lose interest because the romance was played down a little bit too much. There’s another reason below, but please don’t read it if you’re going to read the book.
***SPOILER ALERT STOP READING NOW!!!***
I think the end was a bit of a cop-out. I understand the whole, “he couldn’t lean on her faith anymore” thing. But, come on! Can’t they have a happy ending?! You know what is even less exposed than Christian dating? Dangerous, real-life, adventure-seeking Christian marriage. It would have meant a lot to me (as a missionary wife in inner-city Pittsburgh) to see them go on their adventure and let the girls I mentor know that it’s possible! It just seemed kind of like, “Hm, I don’t know how to end this so I think I’ll just kill her. It’s the only neat and tidy ending available that doesn’t end up too storybook.” Give them the storybook! Your readers need to know it’s possible.
Dear Ms. Miller- if you ever wanna hang out, let me know. I would love to know how you managed to make this book so perfectly authentic, entertaining, and non-preachy yet full of the gospel. It is a delicate balance and you walked that rope absolutely perfectly. I hope it becomes a movie! I would love to see Cab (and Kei, of course) come to life onscreen!