Monday, December 12, 2011

The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg

The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg.
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group.
Pages: 400.
Release Date: February 21st, 2012.
Source: LibraryThing.
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 Catastrophic History of You and Me was, simply put, an emotional roller coaster - the best roller coaster at the amusement park. I was sobbing after the first two chapters and I wasn't sure I even wanted to continue it at that point because I didn't expect it to be so sad. Fortunately, it wasn't. Despite its sad moments (because, come on, it's about dying. Of course it's going to be sad) it was amazingly charming.

Brie is sarcastic, snarky, hilarious and Jess Rothenberg gave her one of the most authentic, believable teenage voices I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Her interaction with Patrick had me a giggling mess throughout the entire story, even the more intense scenes. I also found her reactions and feelings to what was happening and what was unraveling extremely realistic. Brie was never like "oh, I'm dead! Okay!" There just seemed to be so much thought put into her character and her story and it really shows.

I did not expect the ending. At all. It kind of gets a bit twisted toward the conclusion and admittedly, I did find some of it to be a bit out of place with the rest of the novel, but it didn't deter me from the story. It made for an explosive ending, that's for sure.

And the song snippits for chapter titles? Loved it. They always fit the chapter perfectly. I love that the author incorporated music into a book that has nothing to do with music at all. (Except for the awesome 80's references)

Overall, I loved The Catastrophic History of You and Me. This book pulled on so many heartstrings and evoked so many feelings in me. Brie and Patrick are the perfect pair to take us through such a heartfelt, delicate story as they never let the readers be depressed or discouraged. If you're in the mood for something heavy on the emotions and light on the heart, this is definitely the book for you.

Other reviews for The Catastrophic History of You and Me:
The Reading Date.
Nicole's YA Book Haven.
Poetry To Pose.
Pretty Opinionated.


  1. 80s references? SOLD!

    Also, if that's the new cover, without the fractured girl, I LOVE IT!

  2. This is one of hte first reviews I've seen for this book, which excites me even more! I've been waiting on this one since I first heard of it, now I'm even more excited!!

  3. I can't wait for this book. This is the first review I've read for this book . . . so I'm even more excited to read this book.

  4. I've heard some mixed things about this, but I think I will definitely pick it up now! Great review.

  5. I LOVE it when authors use song snippets as chapter titles. I'm definitely looking for a good emotional read, so I'll have to get ahold of this one somehow!

  6. i will always and forever love clever chapter titles. including, but obviously not limited to, song snippets.