September 28, 2014

Review ~ The Catastrophic History of You & Me by Jess Rothenberg


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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This book is a “cute” read. Light-hearted, but with enough touching moments in just the right parts. The concept of the book is great, and the plot follows through.

Brie’s “voice” is something that held my attention fast. Yes, she’s a whiner, she’s na├»ve, she’s a little moody—going from being a sweetheart to a vengeful bitch from one second to the next—she’s stupid, and she’s sometimes too annoying because she’s so in love with someone it’s unbelievably exasperating. But then she’s fifteen, and teen agers go all through those stuff. We’ve got to admit we’ve been there before. So I’m hands down amazed at how the author captured and executed that fifteen-year-old tone.

This book is very relatable, especially to those who have been through a break-up before. The five stages of grief that Brie went through after her death is something, I think, for all the teen agers out there who is going through heartbreak.
Although the characters took a while to grow on me, I did love them all in the end. I like Brie’s sassiness, Patrick’s sarcasm, Jacob’s ability to hide his secret in the deepest pit of his intestines (which started the whole mess), Emma, Sadie and Tess’s loyalty, Jack’s adorableness, and Hamloaf’s goofiness.

The most heart-wrenching part of this book is what became of Brie’s family. It shows that not every story has a completely happy ending. Something really has to be lost along the way. I’ll have to say that’s a really nice touch, although it struck my emotional locker and threatened to spill my tears. Brie’s emotions struck me best in the parts where her family was involved. The words drip of sadness, anger, and grief that it almost felt like my own. I like that in books I read.

The twist is something I had not seen coming. It took me completely by surprise, but I couldn’t be sure if I liked that surprise or not. For the most part, I was just like, “Oh, that’s unexpected.” But it did not shake my world. It just fell flat to me.
I enjoyed reading this book for the most part, and I recommend it to those who could relate to heartbreak.

~ Zee


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