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Title: The Catastrophic History of You & Me
Authors: Jess Rothenberg
Publication Date: Feb 2012
Classification: YA Novel
Summary 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?
I was instantly drawn to this book for the fact that the main character literally dies from having her heart broken by her boyfriend. Many times in life when we get dumped by someone, we think that our heart is going to break and we do through a small depression and tear soaked pillows until we pick back up the pieces and move on. However, it is hard for the main character Brie to move forward with her life when she dies from her heart breaking into two pieces. This story is set up beautifully because each section of the book goes through one for the stages of death/dying/grief.
During this great journey, we watch Brie learn about the inbetween area that she is in and how she has unsolved business before she can make the move to heaven or hell. She instantly meets Patrick who is going to be her unofficial guide to afterlife. His character is funny, warm, always there for Brie, but he also has a secret…just how did this boy end up in the inbetween and why has he been stuck there for nearly 20 years!
Watching Brie try to go back to haunt her old friends and her ex was great fun. Even though I’m not dead I have sometimes gone back and thought about what I could do to get back at the people who hurt me. However, Brie might just be taking things too far for her own good which is another great lesson in life to learn. Although we sometimes wish we could harm people we have to remember how to love those people or the love we once had for them. Hurting someone is never going to be the long term solution.
Overall, this book was great! I loved the characters and while there were a few small scenes here and there that didn’t work for me I loved where the book ended up. I would certainly say to have tissues by your side for this book because while it seems like a small cute contemporary book it packs some emotional issues into it. This book really uncovers the emotion behind loving someone and the choices that we make in life. There are great life lessons to be learned in this book and I hope that you will pick it up and experience Brie’s story because it is powerful. This book brings about everything that made contemporary books what they are! This is contemporary mixed with a small amount of paranormal at its best!