12 Mar 2012

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

The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg
February 2nd, 2012Penguin
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 400
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?


Beginnings are very important to me. They can either make or break a book, so I love it when I am able to open up a story and a warm welcome greets me at the door and invites me in.
There are SO many reasons why I loved this book, but here are a few:
The characters
I loved each and every single character! Brie was a relatable character, who’s voice instantly hooked me. I only wished the best for her. Patrick, oh wow. Funny, sweet, kind and totally cool, I loved everything about him. I didn’t like a few of the characters in the beginning but in the end when things became clearer, my opinion of them changed. Special mentions to Jack who made my heart go all fuzzy and Hamloaf who always put a smile on my face.
The Writing
I am in love. Jess writes amazingly, she had me addicted. Fresh, fun, and oh so lovely.
Jess structured this book extremely well, always keeping me interested and intrigued. I just couldn’t get enough!
The References
As if I already wasn’t in love, the references started and that was it, I was head over heels in love. Friends, Disney Princesses, The Wizard of Oz and more!
Another thing I liked was that even though school has been hectic and I haven’t had the chance to read as much as I would of liked, with this book I could open up from where I left off and be transported straight back into the story like I’d never left.
The emotions in this book were crazy. One minute I was smiling and the next tears were welling.
The ending was exhausting but amazing. A little mind boggling, as in woah, what just happened, but eventually everything became clear. I did have to slow down and re-read a few things, but as one thing after another fell into place, it all made perfect sense.

In case it wasn’t clearer enough, I ADORED this book! I can easily say that whatever Jess decides to write next I’ll be her first customer.



  1. Ahhhh! So glad you loved Catastrophic too! I spazzed as much in my review as well. And oh, Jess Rothenberg's writing? Just beautiful! I hope she releases a new book soon, she's now in my list of authors whose books I buy automatically :D

  2. Exactly! Love, love everything! Super glad you loved it just as much as me! :)

  3. YAY!!! Brodie very happy Rebecca loved this :D I so know what you mean about the emotions - it was one crazy rollercoaster ride and she pulled our emotions along every twist and bend. I LOVE when an author can make me feel alongside the character.

    And oh gosh. So fun and heartwarming and heart-wrenching and oh BRIE! PATRICK! J'ADORE! <3 Fantastic review, lovely ;)

  4. This sounds like a great read, so glad you loved it. Thanks for a great review.