The Catastrophic History of You and Me

tchoyamThe Catastrophic History of You and Me. Jess Rothenberg. Young Adult/Romance. 2012. 375 pages. 5 stars. [Source: Bought]

“My heart didn’t fail, someone failed my heart.”

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?

This book was recommended to me in and when I had some spare cash, I bought myself a copy! Firstly, I love how the titles of each chapter were lyrics from songs–they even had a glossary for it! I found it odd how someone could die from a broken heart… literally. As I read through the first few chapters, I found myself in tears already. I always found funerals a sensitive topic for me and when that part came up in the book, I just couldn’t help myself.

The following chapters included Brie going off into “the in between”: where you’re dead but you’re not in heaven but you’re not on Earth either. It was odd to say the least. I was curious as to how a love story could develop between two characters when one was dead. When Patrick was introduced, I wasn’t so lost anymore! Patrick is the epitome of love and humor and sarcasm and everything a girl could ask a boy to be.

During the middle parts of the book, I found it to be so “eh” and I was seriously considering just dropping the book and moving onto the next one but decided that I should finish to at least give myself some satisfaction that I didn’t read this far for nothing. True to my assumption, the ending was one of the most beautiful endings I’ve read so far. The moments leading up to it have left me snotty, red-nosed, and teary.

The history of the two people involved was catastrophic indeed. My only mistake was that I got the other half wrong. And I have never been more pleased to be proved otherwise.

If you want a book that will let you feel down to your very bones, this is the book for you.

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