02 March 2012

Book Review: The Catastrophic History of You and Me

The Catastrophic History of You and Me

Book Details
Author: Jess Rothenberg
File Size: 543 KB
Publisher: DIAL (February 21, 2012)

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?

Rating: 5/5

Afraid to die? Read this book and you will forget why you have that kind of fear in the first place.

The Catastrophic History of You and Me had me from the title (interesting), the cover (wow!), and not to mention the blurb that Lauren Oliver (one of my favorites) gave for this book. Allow me to summarize the book in a few words: witty, funny, heartbreaking and filled with surprises rolled into one amazing story. (This coming from a girl who is not a fan of fantasy)

I love the characters, especially Brie (yeah, as in cheese). She died before she reached sweet sixteen, because of a broken heart (literally). The journey through Kubler Ross’ stages of grief was pretty much covered as well. She witnessed first-hand on how her family and friends dealt with her death – and surprised by the secrets she discovered. Although I am ambivalent in her need to get revenge, but I like her character and I think it was a pretty normal emotion for any person (alive or dead). Patrick was a mystery, he’s funny and sweet. I loved their banters, especially the cheesy-nicknames he have for her.

The chapter names were pretty nice too: they were song titles or lines from songs which added more fun in this book.

The Catastrophic History of You and Me: Perfect start, incredible content, brilliant end.

Favorite Quotes
“You can obsess and obsess over how things ended- what you did wrong or could have done differently- but there's not much of a point. It's not like it'll change anything. So really, why worry?” 

“Love is no game. People cut their ears off over this stuff. People jump off the Eiffel Tower and sell all their possessions and move to Alaska to live with the grizzly bears, and then they get eaten and nobody hears them when they scream for help. That’s right. Falling in love is pretty much the same thing as being eaten alive by a grizzly bear.”

“There’s no such thing as too much Disney.” 
“One nice thing about heaven is that you can relive all your favorite moments and memories pretty much as many times as you want—sort of like a DVD of your whole life. Pause, rewind, fast-forward, slowwww motion, all day, every day.” 

“The trouble is, sometimes words are like arrows. Once you shoot them, there's no going back.” 

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