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I Honestly Didn’t See it Coming: The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg

Hello!

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.

The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess RothenbergOkay, 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

Series: Standalone

YA/MG: YA

Buy the Book: The Catastrophic History of You And Me

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In My Mailbox (5)

Happy Sunday!

Its been a few weeks since I posted an In My Mailbox post, but that’s because I was waiting to write a big one!

See? I waited patiently, and now I have seven books to share with you and it seems I have lots of people to thank!

The first two books I have to share were given to me by two different friends.

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My friend Deborah (Thank you!!) gave me Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale as a gift to make me smile and feel loved through a pretty difficult week. She knew it would be the perfect gift because we both adored the first Austenland and have been waiting a long time for this one to come out! Can’t wait to finish this one (I started a little so far and love it!)

The second one is Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi and was given to me by my friend Stephanie (Thank you!) because she read it and thought I might enjoy it. I haven’t gotten a chance to start it yet, but I’ve heard very good things, so I’m hopeful!

Next up is a group of books I acquired in three different ways.

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The two on the top: Stay with Me by Paul Griffin and The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg, were given to me by fellow book blogger The Compulsive Reader. (Thank you!) Also excited to read these!

Next we come to Storm Runners: Eruption by Roland Smith. Roland Smith is awesome. Seriously, he held a contest for teachers and librarians to receive one of four ARCs of his newest (releasing March 1) in the middle grade Storm Runners series. So, I entered and checked back later only to find out he not only was giving away the four ARCs but also twenty-four finished copies, one of which I won!!!! Did I mentioned he autographed it?! I did a little happy dance when I saw my name of the list and another when I found the book in the mail!! A huge thank you to Roland Smith!

The sixth book I personally bought, with a gift card someone sent my way (THANK YOU!!) and I knew The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith was exactly what I wanted!

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The last book I got this week was actually more of a “find”; I was rummaging through the Teacher Book Exchange shelf in the copy room at my school and came across Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty! There is never any YA books in that shelf, so I was pretty excited to find one! Needless to say I snatched it up right away!

Okay, so this isn’t a book, but my Mockingjay Pin came in the mail this week! YAY!  It as taken up proud residence on my teacher ID lanyard! My students love it! (excuse the blurry finger!)20120226-093731.jpg

So, all in all I’ve received some pretty fun stuff over the past few weeks! What titles are in your mailbox?

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.