Apr 29, 2012

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

• Pub Date: February 21, 2012
• Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
• Format: Hardcover 400pp
• Age Range: Young Adult

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 checked this out from my local library. Here is my honest review:

Even though I have plenty of other books I actually NEED to read, the reviews of this one made me pick it up as soon as it came in at the library. And boy, were they spot on! This book is totally adorable, hilariously funny, and very heartwarming. It's awesome from page one until the very end.

Aubrie literally dies of a broken heart when her high school boyfriend of one year tells her that he doesn't love her. In the afterlife, she has a chance to make a change in the life that's going on without her, thanks to her new dead buddy, Patrick. But Brie doesn't know the whole story, and she's stubborn, not always willing to listen.

This book is about Aubrie's journey in the afterlife. She has a lot to learn about being dead, and Patrick has some surprises up his sleeves. There were a couple of things that I didn't really understand, and some stuff just felt a little too convenient, but I really shouldn't think that hard about this book. It's a light, quick, very enjoyable read.

What I liked:
  • Patrick. He's always sarcastic with her but constantly trying to help. His story is pretty moving.
  • The funny. This book has such a sense of humor! I really like Rothenberg's writing. I look forward to more books of hers with this kind of sass.
  • The idea. It's always comforting to hope that something along these lines will happen when we die.
What I didn't like:
  • Capital letters. They were all over the place! I get it, but no. It really bothered me since I'm such a stickler. Plus there was some yuck editing on one page. Bah.
  • Larkin. Well yeah.. it was her fault but not really. A girl's gotta try, right?
  • The misunderstanding. Of course, most books have something like this. People overhear just the right snippet, see just a little thing, and turn it into something it's totally not. It causes a lot of drama in this book, but it's for the best I guess.
Bottom Line: Definitely check out this cute, funny, lovely book!


4/5 book sharks!

1 comment:

  1. I pretty much hated Larkin, too. That's the girl that Bree meets, right? UGH.

    I really liked the vast majority of the book. I thought Bree dying was so sad, especially as things started to be revealed about her boyfriend and such.

    But Patrick. Ohhhh, Patrick. *swoons*


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