Monday, October 6, 2014

The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg: review

Goodreads rating: 4.01
Hardcover, 375 pages
Published February 21st 2012 by Penguin Young Readers Group
Genre: YA romance

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?

Initial reaction: Wow... Just wow. I was really excited to see Lauren Oliver's blurb on the front because I loved Before I Fall, and this book really lived up to that. I even read it in one day! Loved this one guys :)

At first, this seems to be a book about revenge, but it turns into the sweetest thing. Brie literally dies of a broken heart and ends up in a sort of limbo/heaven state. It seemed at first that, while it was unique, it was going to be a formula plot; it was anything but! Brie has to move on from her old life, especially since she's D&G (dead and gone). In order to do that, she's awarded a mentor named Patrick who is going to take her through the steps. Through each step, you could see her change significantly, although it wasn't always for the better. It's like the stages of grief, but amplified since you're the one that's dead. Patrick was just perfect. He's dressed like a guy from the '80's and loves all things '80's, so already he has my heart. It captures Brie's heart as well. And even though it's his job to help Brie, he goes above and beyond to help her cope with what's happened to her, even when she wants nothing to do with him. Cue the swoon! Patrick was just all kinds of fantastic.

But it's not just Patrick that Brie has; we get to see what Brie was like when she was alive and the kind of friends she has. It turns out that the boyfriend and friends she thought loved her so much turned out to not be so great after all. She lost her friends in death, but over the course of the novel, she loses them all over again. We get to see everyone that knew Brie after her death and when she was still alive, and it becomes very enlightening for readers. It was so heartbreaking seeing Brie go through all the stages of grief and begin to move on. It's not easy, and near the end it becomes impossible for Brie to move on. That's where Patrick comes in. He was so understanding and gave Brie all the time and patience she needed, even when she was being annoying and impossible. But there's so much more to this story, and to Patrick. You'll have to read the book to find out what!


 People who love books that bring on all the feels!

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Looking For Alaska by John Green
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher


  1. I've had this book for ages and really should read it. Glad you liked it so much.

  2. Oh I hadn't heard of this one. She dies from a literal broken heart, sounds interesting and it reminds me of Before I Fall.

    I hope to read this one soon!

    Amber Elise @Du Livre


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