Review: The Catastrophic History of You and Me

The Catastrophic History of You and Me
The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m a fan of books that touch the spectrum of emotions inside me. I love it when an author manipulates me, makes me laugh, makes me cry, and yes, even makes me angry. The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg did all these things.

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?

Jess Rothenberg’s debut novel is a smash, with me at least. She hit all the right notes with pitch perfect pacing, melodious characters, a four-quarter timed plot, and a story filled with all the required elements of a chart topping song. Seriously, I can’t think of anything bad about this book.

The reader witnesses the growth of Brie from a selfish, heartbroken kid to a mature, young adult despite being dead. Plot twists that take the reader by surprise mix with moments of laughter, anger, tears and acceptance.

This is a wonderfully written and imaginative book; I highly recommend it. Plus, the titles of each chapter are lyrics to songs ranging from Judy Garland’s 1939 hit “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to 2009’s “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus. Fun!

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