The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg

Reviewed by: Siobhán
Format: ARC Paperback
Pages: 400
Published: 2nd Feb 2012 (UK)
Publisher: Razorbill
Source: Publisher for Review
Genre: YA Romance, Ghosts
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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?

Catastrophic History follows the story of young Brie, who literally dies of Broken Heart after her boyfriend tells her he doesn't love her. She then finds herself in "Slice of Heaven" where she meets Patrick who tries to help her through the stages of grief. However, Brie is about to learn that love isn't as simple as she thought, secrets are revealed but will Brie be able to forgive and move on? Or will she force to live eternity with a broken heart?

What a cute and quick read this was. I started it on Sunday morning and I was hooked from page one. Very rarely does that happen. Jess has created a outstanding debut that just flows effortlessly. Brie's voice just stand out from other YA. She is cute, funny and at times a little scary when she is really into the revenge she tries give out. I adore the chemistry between her and Patrick. Patrick is another ghost who wants to help Brie but he is hidding a secret of his own. It's clear that there is something between them and they just bounce of each other perfectly.

The story itself isn't what I was expecting. Before I read this I thought that it would be a fluffy romance. However, it wasn't and I am glad it wasn't. It's very different to alot of books in the YA market. I mean a story about a girl who dies from a broken heart? Pretty unique. Catastrophic History was fast, fun, cute and witty. However, it was also very sad. Within the first chapter I was in tears, There is so much emotion in the novel that at times I thought my heart was about to break as well.

However, as much as I actually loved this book. I can't give it a 5 star :( mainly because even though the story was amazing and different a lot of it is unrealistic and very predictable. I knew exactly how this book was going to turn out. And the twists and turns I knew they were coming.

So if you want a very quick, cute and fun read that its beautifully written yet heart breaking then give this book ago. You will not be disappointed.

Rate: 4/5


  1. i so looking 4ward 2 read this
    tnx 4 the lovly review

    you rock girls

  2. I really want to read this one!!

  3. Omg this sounds so much like a book I would love !I have to get this asap. I love quick, fun books like this!

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    1. I highly recommend it. :) was a good read and so quick

  4. Yay! Glad you enjoyed it. I really want to get this one but I was unsure of it. Nice to see you liked it though =)


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