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

The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg
Publisher: Penguin February 21st 2012
Genre: YA Contemporary about afterlife *wink*
Series: No
Other Books From Author: None, it’s her debut
Source: Borrowed
Rating★★★★

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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?

“The trouble is, sometimes words are like arrows. Once you shoot them, there’s no going back.” 

4, simple words: I. DON’T. LOVE. YOU. That’s all you need to shatter Brie Eagan’s perfect teenage life, and her ex-boyfriend knows there’s no turning back. Not now, not ever. Because Brie’s heart has broken cleanly into half. Upon her heartbreak, Brie wanders in “Slice of Heaven”, an old dingy pizza shop in her neighbourhood. Only this time, the “Heaven” is literal.

Immediately, she runs into Patrick, a boy clad in Army boots, Aviator sunglasses and brown leather jacket, looking as though he just emerged from the Top Gun cast. He’ll charm you within a second of opening his mouth and suddenly, dying doesn’t seem that bad after all! You just won’t imagine all the giggles and eye-rolling he got out of me, especially at his cheese-themed nicknames for Brie! As Brie’s guide in afterlife, Patrick supports her through 5 stages of grief, offering encouragement, advice and sacrifices that often go unnoticed. You’ll also come to realise that beneath his joking and bubbly exterior, Patrick harbours many secrets that’ll mess your sensible cells and leave you breathless with… THE TWIST!!!! /faints/ Totally shocking and unbelievable ;)

Yes, and not forgetting the bittersweet moments on Earth. In order to complete her 5 stages of grief, Brie has to return to the people she left behind, only to find them broken and lost. Brie tries eagerly to fix her wrongdoings, but first, she has to get past her resentment for Jacob and her no-longer-existent heart. She witnesses the loss, sorrow and betrayal of her family and friends, and she must now pay the price for what she unwittingly cause. Family, love and friendship, how is Brie going to set things right once and for all? After this entire journey with Brie, your heart will bound to suffer some cracks but it’ll be worth it all, I promise.

If it’s not too late, grab a copy of this book and a box of chocolates for Valentine’s and… you know what to do! Be prepared to be awed and contented as Jess brings you through her emotional debut ^-^

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17 thoughts on “Review: The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg

  1. Great review, that’s a funny analogy of book and chocolate! Patrick sounds so endearing, I must get this book right now :)

    • Haha, and your name is Chocolate! xD That day, I was enjoying my chocolates while writing this review then it struck me how similar they are! YES, Patrick’s awesome especially nearing the end!!! Be sure to get yourself a copy ;)

  2. I love The Catastrophic Hisotry of You and Me too, and I’m still suffering from the after effects of its ending! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  3. Thanks for the rec Alicia. Something about the title of this book really grabs me. It sounds like a teen version of Five People you Meet On the Way to Heaven. I will definitely check it out.

  4. HEYHO! This book sounds exciting!! But the book trailer is uhm rather lame :/ Haha love your review! 再接再厉!

    PS. D&G stands for Dolce & Gabbana ;D

  5. TCHOYAM was one of the rare books that made me laugh and cry at the same time. I liked the author’s light-hearted style while it still struck a chord deep within me, great review!

    • I’m happy to hear that this book was a different read for you! I was a little unused to the author’s informal tone but it helped shape Brie’s teenage image in a way so I’m fine with it :)

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