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

Review: ‘The Catastrophic History of You and Me’ by Jess RothenbergThe Catastrophic History of You And Me by Jess Rothenberg
Published by Penguin Young Readers Group on February 21st, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Ghosts, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 375
Format: ARC
Source: gift
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?

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Brie had the perfect life, three best friends who love her, a family that appreciates and supports her, and a boyfriend who loves her. Until just shy of her sixteenth birthday she dies quite literally of a broken heart when her boyfriend tells her he doesn’t love her. Then she ends up in a place that I’d like to call limbo. That’s the only way I can describe it. She’s stuck there until she finishes a task.

I enjoyed this book immensely. I don’t read a lot of contemporary novels but I’m so glad I read this one. I even feared at some parts. I love how the chapters include the steps that a person does when they grieve. (Had them memorized since high school) I just loved Brie and her wit.

This novel was just perfect. The beginning, the middle, the end. It’s on my list of re-reads and probably also one of my favourites. It was too heart breaking to read what Brie felt and witnessed. I couldn’t imagine it.


Because when you’re in love, the world is brighter. Sunnier. The air smells flowerier, and your hair is silkier, and suddenly you find yourself smiling at babies and strangers and old couples walking down the beach holding hands. You smile because now you’re in on one of life’s Greatest Secrets Ever. You’ve graduated to the Big Time, Baby. You’re officially in the Cook Kids Club. And suddenly, now when people look at you, they can’t help noticing that something’s different.
Hell is when the people you love most reach right into your soul and rip it out for you.
Love is about loving someone else more than you love yourself.
..that no Matter how much you think you know a person—no matter how pretty they are, or how together they act, or how popular they seem, you can never know what their lives are really like.





  1. Jaime Lester

    May 27, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    The 5 stages of grief. I am very familiar with those myself. Unfortunately. It is amazing just how accurate they really are though. This book has been on my shelf for quite some time. I really would love to read it. I hope that my reading schedule and my real schedule slow down enough in the near future that I am able to read some of the books on my shelf that look soooo good!

  2. Grace Lo

    October 2, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Although I wouldn’t give this book a perfect 5/5, I did like it a whole lot, and am glad you did, too! I thought it was mostly a great book except that the pacing was a little funny towards the end of the book. I genuinely started to view the characters as fictional, yet very real characters. Brie’s constant mental monologue, Patrick’s slightly infuriating yet sweet attitude etc.

  3. asher @ paranormal indulgence

    August 9, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    I adored this book! It made me feel everything! I was hopeless and lost and angry and devastated and so happy – within each moment of the book, I resonated with some deep, familiar emotion. I love, love this one! So it makes me happy to see that you enjoyed it so much as well!

  4. The Bumble Girl

    August 9, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    I really love this book! It is such an amazing and original story.
    This book was also the first book signing I ever went to! I met the author in the bathroom before the event, lol!
    Great review, so happy to see that you enjoyed it too 🙂

  5. Carina @ Fictional Distraction

    August 9, 2012 at 6:32 AM

    I’m glad that you’ve enjoyed it so much. I’ve had a copy of it on my shelf for a while now and definitely need to get around to read it as soon as possible – especially after your lovely review, which reminded me how badly I wanted to read this book. 😀

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