Review: “The Catastrophic History of You and Me”
Expected Publication: February 21st, 2012
Review Copy: ARC From Publisher
Description From Goodreads:
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 rating: 4 of 5 stars
When I first read the description for “The Catastrophic History of You & Me”, I wasn’t sure whether I’d actually like the story. A girl dying from heartbreak? It sounded a bit silly. In the end, however, I found that I adored this story. It was funny, it was heartbreaking – it was nothing short of enjoyable.
The story is about Brie, a fifteen year old girl who dies after her boyfriend tells her that he doesn’t love her. Her father, a cardiologist, is puzzled by Brie’s death. A heart simply doesn’t break into two pieces. Except Brie’s did. After finding herself in Heaven, or more like Slice of Heaven (a pizza shop), Brie meets Patrick – the resident lost soul. With Patrick’s help, she seeks revenge against Jacob, the boy who, literally, broke her heart. But Brie lets her emotions get the better of her and she ends up taking things way too far.
I absolutely loved the journey that Rothenberg took the characters on. We don’t just get to know Brie. We get to see how Brie’s death affects the lives of her closest friends and her family members. And we ultimately get to see why Jacob broke Brie’s heart. Each of the characters in this story plays a part: Brie, Patrick, Jacob, Sadie (her best friend), etc. They all have something to give to Brie’s story.
Honestly, I’m glad that I took the time to read this one. I was pleasantly surprised by Brie’s story, and I’d suggest picking this one up come