The Catastrophic History of You and Me
Author: Jess Rothenberg
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Published: February 21, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal
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?
Because love is worth it after all…
Dear heavens, I didn’t expect The Catastrophic History to be really this amazing. I mean, I did expect it to be good, but I didn’t know it’s way better that it seriously gives me goosebumps!
I found out that it could make me feel so many things all at once. I felt surprised, angry, hopeless, depressed, regretful– it’s like I’ve also been to stages of grief while reading Brie’s epic, catastrophic (indeed) story.
The concept of this book is beautiful. It’s funny, intriguing, and very cleverly written. I love Brie’s character here. Very typical a teenager, hilarious, and absolutely adorable with a cheesy, delicious name.
Time doesn’t necessarily heal all wounds. Sometimes, it just makes the wounds worse…
The wonderful thing about this book is that it’s actually emotionally driven. It totally got me. The exchange of dialogues are also mesmerizing that it actually imparts the importance of love, friendship, and forgiveness that we often neglect in our personal lives.
It’s a sensible book and it simply teaches life lessons. Oh, by the way, this book is not realistic when it comes to the plotline as it is simply a blend of romance with fantasy genre but the concept itself is damn pragmatic and heartfelt. The five stages of grief (Depression, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance) are well thought-out and incredibly awe-inspiring.
And oh, the twist. The twist absolutely had me gasping for air! This book is definitely a to-die book. Just a little note, though: It’s a tear-jerker and it’s hard to forget, so keep your tissues close at hand, guys. 🙂
My Rating for this book: 4 stars