Review: The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg


Publisher: Speak (April 18th 2013)
Paperback: 400 pages
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Rating: 5 of 5 stars

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?


I’ve been meaning to do a reread of this book for a while now and since I was caught up with my Goodreads challenge I decided to treat myself to a reread of one of my favorite books. The Catastrophic History of You and Me is a quick, lighthearted read that gets me laughing every time I read this book. I loved how the author uses song lyrics as her chapter titles (i.e. ‘ooh heaven is a place on earth’ or ‘hey hey you you I don’t like your girlfriend’), it made me want to sing along.

But, the truth is I didn’t really like Brie, our main heroine. She was in denial throughout the book that she was dead and she’s also a bit selfish wanting to make sure that everyone who hurt her get revenge when everyone hoped that she moved peacefully on. I liked that her friends and family was an important part of her life (they are not just cookie cutter secondary characters), but because of that Brie feels betrayed. She was even mean to Patrick, who was patiently explaining everything to her when he didn’t have any obligations to (though he kind of did, but more to that later). I felt bad that she didn’t get to have a longer time to live, but the cause of her death was a bit ridiculous. I mean at this day and age people break up, have a good cry, and move on. But Brie? Nope. She dies from a literal heart break on the spot so you kind of also feel bad for Jacob (man I’m starting to see a theme here with this book). Yeahhhh I didn’t buy that and apparently her dad who’s a cardiologist didn’t either.

The one thing that sold me on this book though was the twist and Patrick. I loved Patrick. He was swoon-worthy, cute, and makes cheese jokes even when she didn’t give him permission to make fun of her name. I really really really felt bad for him for waiting. The guy practically gives up everything to see her be happy and she’s like who’s this weirdo throughout the book. It’s frustrating and the other thing I wanted was more scenes with Lily and Patrick. Honestly that one scene reminded me of Rose and the 10th Doctor for some reason.

I really enjoyed this book for the awesome dialogue and chapter titles. The heroine? Not so much, but I liked that she realizes her mistakes and tries to fix them instead of moping around.


Author: Jackie

One Reply to “Review: The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg”

  1. Glad to hear there was some great dialogue and the guy sounds just so cute too! Lovely review!

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