15 December 2011

{Book Review} The Catastrophic History of You and Me

By: Me My Shelf And I | 15 December 2011 at 9:41 AM | | | | | | | | | | | | | |


The Catastrophic History of You and Me
Author: Jess Rothenberg
Pages: 400
Format: ARC
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Release Date: February 21st 2012
Rating: 5 Birds +

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?

To date, I have read 116 books this year and I can easily say that The Catastrophic History of You and Me is easily one of my top 3! Oh yes, it’s THAT GOOD. I’ll just wait while you click the book cover above, and add it to your Good Reads TBR pile!

Jess Rothenberg rocks the house with her debut novel about love, loss, death and soul mates. It’s quirky, silly, deep and beautiful. It’s full of imagination and heart break…literally, and it sucked me so entirely I went back to my old ways of cooking and cleaning, WHILE READING because I couldn’t put it down.

It’s a little bit What Dreams May Come, and it comes complete with it’s own playlist…well sort of. You see, one of the coolest parts of this book is each chapter is titled with the name of a song, album or bit of lyrics relevant to the words that follow it. And so as not to leave you wondering about some, and also to give a sufficient "fist pound” of thanks to the people who crooned the words, there’s a huge list at the end so you can find them and make your own TCHOYAM play list! I’m doing it right now in fact!

I laughed with Brie. I cried with her. I shared her heart break and remembered entirely what losing your first love is like. I cheered her on and stood by her when she made a stand, it was like having a new best friend for awhile! Every girl who’s ever been in love can identify with Brie completely.

The Catastrophic History of You and Me will be one of the biggest, most popular books of 2012, I can feel it! Don’t waste another minute – add this to your TBR, re-order it. Beg someone to borrow it…do whatever you have to do to read this book!

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  1. You did not have to wait on me, because this has been on my want list!!! Your review just made me want to read it even more:) I can't wait to get my hands on this book!!!

  2. I am 100% sure this book is going on my top ten of 2012. I have no words for all the feelings it stirred up in me when I read it last month!

  3. Sounds fantastic and love the music connection!


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