Review: The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg
Monday October 8, 2012 at 3:00 am |

Publisher: Dial Books
Published: February 21, 2012
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 375
Form: Hardback
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Dying of a broken heart is just the beginning…. Welcome to forever.

BRIE’S LIFE ENDS AT SIXTEEN: Her boyfriend tells her he doesn’t love her, and the news breaks her heart—literally.

But now that she’s D&G (dead and gone), Brie is about to discover that love is way more complicated than she ever imagined. Back in Half Moon Bay, her family has begun to unravel. Her best friend has been keeping a secret about Jacob, the boy she loved and lost—and the truth behind his shattering betrayal. And then there’s Patrick, Brie’s mysterious new guide and resident Lost Soul . . . who just might hold the key to her forever after.

With Patrick’s help, Brie will have to pass through the five stages of grief before she’s ready to move on. But how do you begin again, when your heart is still in pieces?

My Thoughts

This book is another recommendation, and yet another book I couldn’t put down.  So a HUGE thank you to Molli from One Upon a Prologue for this rec.

When Brie literally dies of a broken heart, she moves on but has so many unresolved issues with her friends and family, and especially with her ex-boyfriend Jacob.  In the great beyond, she meets Patrick, resident lost soul, who takes it upon himself to help her figure out the after life, and help her resolve the issues with her friends and family.  But Patrick proves to be more than just a guide.

To be honest, I’m not quite sure how to review this book without spoiling anything, but here goes.  Brie was an interesting character.  She was filled with angst and resentment over her death and the fall outs her death caused her friends and family.  There were many times in the book when she was downright mean and hateful to her former friends.  And while I can understand her bitterness, she shouldn’t have acted so rashly without getting the full story.  Especially since she now has all the time in the world.  I find it dramatic that she dies of a broken heart, but I guess her death really does suit her personality.

Patrick was by far my favorite character in this book.  He was so sweet and funny, and his level of dedication to Brie was outstanding.  He made some serious sacrifices for her, and cared for her well-being above all else.

I loved the world created in this book, but if I’m being honest, there were a few things I didn’t fully understand and still have questions about.  Unfortunately it would be impossible for me to discuss those here without spoiling something major in the book.

Overall though I LOVED it and completed it in less than a day.  This one had me captivated from beginning to end and is definitely worth reading!

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4 Responses to “Review: The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg”

  1. So glad you liked it so. 🙂 Great review. Thanks for doing your best to keep it spoiler free. 🙂

  2. The premise of this one doesn’t really interest me but I feel like there has to be something wonderful there for you to enjoy it so much. So now I’m curious. Way to make me consider stepping out of my comfort zone.

  3. Molli says:

    WHOO-HOO, Jade, SO glad that you liked this book. I enjoyed it enough to buy a hardcover copy. I literally read it in one sitting. I’m with you – a few things had me going, “huh?” But overall it was adorable, yet moving. Patrick and Brie were just adorable, and this book put a smile on my face for sure. A great review, Jade!

    Molli | Once Upon a Prologue