Genres: Death & Dying, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
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?
This book ended up surprising me.
My Thoughts on The Catastrophic History of You and Me
This is one of those books that I picked up not knowing if I was going to enjoy it. Here’s the thing — I liked what Jess Rothenberg had to say at a signing I went to and I figured I’d give her book a try but I was VERY hesitant about a book where the main character dies in the beginning. But… but but but, this book was good. It grabbed me and held on tight and I ended up REALLY liking it.
Brie’s journey through the stages of grief is intriguing. I don’t always agree with some of the things that Patrick encourages her to do but she’s caught in a loop that she has to break out of and Patrick is trying his hardest to help her. As she begins to understand herself, she sees that the world is not black and white and what she believes to be the truth can be distorted by so very many factors. Brie’s biggest failing is that so often she doesn’t listen to what’s being said to her. Just like every teenager, she can be selfish and cruel without meaning to be. She does things that are downright horrible to people who don’t deserve it — those were hard things to read, I must say, and for a couple of pages after I didn’t like her much at all. I got over that pretty quickly but still… Hmmph.
I really liked the easy relationship between Patrick and Brie. He teases her, she teases him back. He’s there for her when she needs him. He helps her as she’s learning the ropes. I can’t say that I was necessarily surprised at some of the things that were revealed but I enjoyed the journey and I liked the way those two played off of one another.
Sweet, sad, sometimes silly, and peppered with 80s song lyrics, this book ended up really hitting the spot. I might have started out uncertain but I ended up very happy to have read it.