Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 400 pages
Buy the book: Amazon Author's Website: http://www.jessrothenberg.com/
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 have to say, I had my doubts about this book. I wanted a happy book (I think I've been reading too many distopians lately and I wanted to read something where they weren't constantly in mortal danger.) And when Andye went to ALA Midwinter, I asked her to pick up something for me that had an Anna and the French Kiss feel to it. When she told a few publishers what I had asked for, someone lead her to this. She brought it back and I was completely ecstatic... then I read the back where it clearly states that Lauren Oliver says it is, "Inventive, gorgeous, funny and yes ... heartbreaking. You will absolutely love this book." and one word stood out to me like no other: heartbreaking. I believe I said something like: "When the heck are happy and heartbreaking the same thing?!?! NEVER."
I eat my words.
Yes, The Catastrophic History of You and Me is both happy and heartbreaking. Yes, at the same time. I couldn't explain it any better. It is both exciting and frustrating, lovable and agonizing, hilarious and touching, happy and heartbreaking. And it is a love story unlike any I've ever read before. The twists and turns may just blow your mind even while they break your heart. So just drop any expectations or theories you might already have about what it's about or how it ends... because you're bound to be wrong anyways. Just be prepared to fall in love...
- Profanity: Heavy
- Sexual Content: Mild
- Violence: None