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


Young Adult > Paranormal

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 Brie 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?


… and I would read this again for the rockin’ chapter titles alone. Man, most times those titles are spot-on. 😀 what a feel-good book!

The Catastrophic History of You and Me was utterly charming. With the author’s penchant for music, it was very entertaining! But not without pain or angst, mind you. After all, Brie did die young, all because her boyfriend broke up with her. Don’t worry, there’s a medical term for her condition. 😉

Brie’s version of heaven is a pizza place..! And there she met Patrick. Funny, secretive, charismatic Patrick. 🙂 Gotta love that bomber jacket! Now I cannot get James Dean off my mind. Ha!

Reading Brie going through the five stages of grief was a breeze. It was the expected response from a sixteen-year-old who was not planning to die anytime soon. Ah, young people. They live as if they would never die. 😀 Anyway, Brie was smart, you know, but when it came to Jacob.. she cannot think straight. Especially when she learned why he ended things with her. Well, how do you react when your first love literally broke your heart?

And there’s Patrick. Confident, arresting resident lost soul. He made this book so delightful! His one-liners and deadpans for Brie were downright comical. But wait, who is he, really? His back story was my favorite part. 🙂

Brie learned that her family were struggling to stay together after she died. How I love Hamloaf! Brie also found out the warmth of loyalty of her friends enveloped her even if she’s on the other side.

The Catastrophic History of You and Me is a startling read. And this is not your average paranormal book. Quirky, uproarious, and sometimes aching, Brie’s afterlife story might be just what you need to appreciate life. Right here, right now.



Ebook, 400 pages

Published February 21st 2012 Dial Books

4.5/5 stars