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

The Catastrophic History of You and Me
Published by Razorbill

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 a fun and easy read which was both heart warming and sad. I enjoyed it on the whole.

The main character is reasonably easy to warm to as you follow her story from death to acceptance of what has happened to her. The story telling style is a bit like The Lovely Bones but I enjoyed this more.

For me the thing that did it for me with this book was the relationship between Brie and her D & G mentor the mysterious Patrick. He guides her through her new existence and the way they interact is really funny as he helps her to come to terms with what has happened to her.

I loved all the musical references throughout the book in the chapter headings (and I'm not someone who reads and listens to music)

I wasn't too sure of the idea of dying of a broken heart (literally) and found it almost a bit patronising and also not all that good of a message to put out to teens really. I know she counters this by saying how irrational it is but even so.

I did not like all the references to cheese. Yes your name is Brie. Yes that is a cheese. No it's not all that funny and certainly not the 50th time. (admittedly had they called her mouldy blue I might have found that funny).

The end of the book was good as Brie's story comes full circle and I liked what the author did with the people Brie had left behind.

So while not the best book I've ever read I certainly enjoyed this enough to keep reading and would be interested in future offerings from the author.


Ive heard a few people say similar things but I still really want to read this book, I want to know the full story and experience the characters... though the references to cheese really dont sound like fun...