THE CATASTROPHIC HISTORY OF YOU AND ME by Jess Rothenberg But Rothenberg’s afterlife is irritatingly undefined for one that comes. The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg was one of those all around awesome kind of books. My love for this book was. 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 in heaven, Brie is about to.

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Brie’s life ends at sixteen: Her boyfriend tells her he doesn’t love her, and the news breaks her heart– literally. 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 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? My love for this book was clearly meant to be from the moment I saw all the references to Disney Princesses and the chapter titles, which are the best. Jess Rothenberg has written a remarkable debut that I did not want to put down. By the time I had finish maybe five pages of this one, I had to stop and just marvel at the writing.

Jess Rothenberg is one talented lady and the story was one that I could not help but to get caught up in. The Catastrophic History of You and Me perfectly balances the funny, lighter side of Brie’s story with entirely heartbreaking moments. I loved Jess Rothenberg’s spin on the afterlife. It was completely unlike other books that deal with the same subject, and I can say that it was definitely my favorite portrayal I have read yet.

I loved following Brie through her journey and seeing where it would take her next. The one pitfall for The Catastrophic History of You and Me was Brie herself throughout part of the middle of the book.

She just deviated from the character I loved at the beginning of the book. Hamloaf, you are most definitely the coolest dog to walk the pages of young adult. Patrick was a character who really grew on me as the book went on.

At first, I was like I like you. You’re kind of like a stand up comedian.

The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg – book review

But as the book went on, he become a much deeper character than that and I loved him. Fans of Leila Sales will eat this one up, with its charming characters and funny plot. Once you vatastrophic reading this one, you won’t want to put it down. Jess Rothenberg has written a heartbreakingly beautiful debut, and I am very eager to see more from her in the future.

Brie like the cheese is a typical teenager.

The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg

More like a typical teenage girl. She has what appears to be the perfect life. Dying puts a whole new perspective on things though. Especially when you die from a broken heart. The thing is that life is never as it appears, and people can always seem to fake their way through a lot of things for a lot of people.


Despite the whole death thing, the hiztory was light, filled with humor that be found among many girls. When she dies, Brie watches her memorial service and funeral. She then finds herself in A Little Slice of Heaven, a. I truly loved Patrick in the story. He continued to surprise me time and time again, and he really loved Brie. So much so ejssica he was willing to sacrifice himself for her. I fell head over heels for him as I read. Sadie is the only one that gets a lot of character development, but all of them got enough for me to want to hang out with them.

For a debut, I ghe the story to be quite good, quirky, even if the ending was a bit weird. There are moments in the book where the writing is breathtakingly beautiful.

I can see Ms. Rothenberg getting better and better! The ending was kind of strange for me, but I saw a lot of people’s reviews that loved it. At times, Brie really drove me catastrophhic, verging on hisotry me.

Sometimes that just happens for me when I read books whose main target audience is teenagers. The romance between Brie and Patrick is beautiful, missing that “lust” at first sight business. I love how the book takes perspective and just twists and then twists it again.

It was an interesting way to show how perspective affects our lives. The book also shows a lot of relationships, with strengths and weaknesses both in family and friends. The insight into the grieving process was interesting too. The Catastrophic History of You and Me starts off with Brie’s narration of her life, and whatever led up to her death.

And like the synopsis says, her boyfriend breaks her heart. Which made it literally split into perfect halves, therefore killing her. In order for her to move on, she has to go through the five stages of grief, or she’ll be stuck in the state of a Lost Soul. Firstly, I’d like to applaud Jess Rothenberg’s skill in plot twists. A character I believed to be someone to get the story turned out to be a major character. Some unexpected turns between Brie and her idea of Jacob.

Patrick’s big secret and sacrifice. Though the story felt fairly cute and sweet in the beginning, the big guns were brought out later on in the story but didn’t distrupt the atmosphere all that much. It was only towards the end when I felt that the story got pushy and dark.

Normally, I like dark stories, but this sort of dark didn’t mesh with the general bubbly atmosphere of the story and felt a little out of it. It didn’t have that special push I like to have in books. Brie, is a developing, dynamic character who you can clearly see grows, stretches, and morphs throughout the story. She’s at first confused and bewildered, then grows to be bitter and angry, before finally accepting her current state.

It shows us Brie’s character at her very worst, showing the reader how human she is, and molds her into a beautiful, realistic teenage girl. Often in books the love interest occupies a lot of space in the pages of a book, Brie’s thoughts were mostly on her death, and what she should make of it. Patrick, though a major character, was not center stage of Brie’s mind.

It wasn’t as if there was no romance – there was actually more romance than other books I generally like – but the romance was at a perfect level, still there in the back of your mind but not overshadowing what the book was trying to convey.


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I loved this book, and have much more praise I can give it, but I have a bone to pick with the pacing towards the end. I found this a very refreshing read, and would definitely recommend it to contemporary fans. Everything about this book was amazing.

From cover to cover. Speaking of the cover, it was what initially drew me to the book. After reading the story, it fits perfectly and I love it even more. The actual story was fun and easy to read, even with a premise that could have been taken so seriously. I also loved that the chapters were jeswica from song lyrics that went along with the events that played out in the chapter. To go along with that, I saw on her website that she had a playlist to go nistory with the book, so I was able to read and listen to it and it was great.

It made me connect with them even more. I laughed throughout this entire book. As far as the characters, they were all great assets to the story.

Everyone that was in it came with a specific purpose. There were some that I felt so incredibly sorry for and others that I felt so happy with and others that I was sad about.

My favorite character in the book though was not Brie, but Patrick. He was such a sweetie and he was there for Brie through everything. And he just seemed to complement Brie so well. From his constant teasing her to his seriousness about certain subjects. This book will royhenberg you breathless. I found myself like oh yeah Catastrophlc know what’s going on like trying to guess only to find out that Rothenberg went and through a plot twist in the mix.

It was an amazing story. Highlight to see it I just want to see how she was feeling when the rumors were flying about her and Jacob and tbe she handled it. I give credit to Jess for creating a pretty unique story and a good set of characters. I loved Brie, she is funny, snarky, and every bit the typical teen ejssica has to face a tragedy, without the annoying parts.

Jess gave the reader just enough humor, romance, and grief to keep the story going steady and the reader entertained, I hlstory enjoyed this one. One of my favorite aspects of the book was that each chapter title was a line from a song.

That definitely made me smile and I was eager to see what each chapter would be titled and they pretty much fit with how the story was going. I love how Jess takes the idea of the afterlife and puts her own personal take on it, stuck at a familiar place — in this case, a pizza parlor — being able to touch objects and people, and diving back into the world via the Golden Gate bridge, although no one can see you, of course.

Besides all that, I really liked the book and rothebnerg the stuff leading up to the end, even if the ending was a bit of a bust.

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