Friday, August 02, 2013

Book Review: The Catastrophic History of You and Me

Friday, August 02, 2013
Title: The Catastrophic History of You and Me
Author: Jess Rothenberg
Genre/s: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Afterlife


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 Thoughts:

This is an awesome afterlife experience full of happy memories, life-altering decisions, self-realizations and second chances. Zoom in on this awesome journey with Brie and Patrick, and appreciate every seconds of our life.

Brie has a perfect life. She has a great family, awesome best friends and a track-star boyfriend. But she didn't know it will all be gone so quickly. Because who would have known that a broken heart is actually
fatal. Yes, she died because her heart was broken in half, literally. In her afterlife at a pizza place called Little Slice of Heaven, there she met Patrick, Top-Gun-Tom-Cruise wanna-be and resident Lost Soul. He will be her personal guide as she get through the Five Stages of Grief in order for her to move on.

Can I just say how amazing this book is. It was funny, witty, heartbreaking, and overall thought-provoking and beautiful. I am glued to this book from the very first sentence up to the last and I can really get enough of it. I love how relevant memories were thrown in on the story while Brie is telling the present. Her reminiscence feels natural and I doesn't confuse me one bit.

Brie's thoughts were really fun to read and it was interesting how she view the world. She was a realistically flawed almost-sixteen teenager and I love everything about her especially her love for anything 80s.

She was a loving daughter, an awesome big sister and a really great friend and it breaks my heart when she saw that her family and friends were not taking her death well. Her family was slowly falling apart. Her dad, a renown cardiologist, was blaming himself for her death and he thought that he could have prevented it from happening if he was just paying more attention to her. And because of that, her father dedicated all his time in finding out how her heart literally broken in half. He doesn't spend enough time with his family anymore. Then
she found out that her best friend, Sadie and her ex-boyfriend, Jacob was hiding secrets from her. She was totally devastated and Patrick was always there to comfort her.

I really like Patrick, he's cool and funny. At first their relationship was like cat and dog. They keep on bantering with each other and he always have a cheese-related nickname for her. It was hilarious and sweet at the same time. Between the two of them, he was the voice of reason but he also act as Brie's partner in crime. He has a mysterious past and that is something you should really look out for when you read this book.

Overall, The Catastrophic History of You and Me was really great read. It has a nice blend of bitter and sweet moments that will either make you laugh or cry but this is something you will surely love. I highly recommend this to everyone.

My Rating

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