I’m finally reviewing The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg; I finished it like two weeks ago and have been so crazy busy! The last month of the school year is when everything ramps up and there are tons of activities going on.
Okay, so on to the book, which I read as part of the 2012 Debut Authors Challenge.
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?
I believe I received this book (an Advanced Reader Copy) from another blogger, but I can’t remember who (bad Tina!) because it was a few months ago and I didn’t write it down. If the book gifter is reading this, THANK YOU and I’M SORRY for forgetting!
I must admit that it took a little while for me to really get into The Catastrophic History of You and Me (TCHoYaM). I kept reading a few pages, then putting it down and picking it back up again. It was a vicious cycle, that I finally mastered and I’m so very glad I did! If you read it and feel the same way I did in the beginning, please persevere and keep reading, you’ll be happy in the end that you did.
One of my favorite things about TCHoYaM is the way in which Rothenberg uses song titles as chapter titles. This was super creative and fun and really help set the scene and tone for each chapter. Plus I had a blast trying to figure out if I recognized the songs by their titles!
At times TCHoYaM is really witty and humorous, but it is also the story of a girl coming to peace with her grief. I believe Rothenberg combined both of these elements in a thoughtful manner that doesn’t seem contrived. Brie, herself is a pretty funny girl. She inserts funny little comments in her narration that had me chuckling to my self as I turned the pages and her throwback “your mom” jokes are so bad they’re hilarious.
Without giving anything away, there is a massive plot twist that makes so much sense after the fact that I’m actually disappointed in myself for not seeing it coming. Seriously – I had no idea! I don’t want to do any spoilers so I will stop there, but you’ll understand my thoughts on this when you read it!
All in all, it wasn’t my favorite read of the year, but I did truly enjoy it and I recommend The Catastrophic History of You and Me as a cute read for anyone in the older middle school grades and up.
Author: Jess Rothenberg
Publisher: Dial Books (February 21, 2012)
Format: Paperback (ARC)
Length: 375 pages
Buy the Book: The Catastrophic History of You And Me