The Catastrophic History of You and Me ARC

The Catastrophic History of You and Me
By Jess Rothenberg
Published by Dial
To be Published on January 2012

Summary taken from Goodreads:

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? 

So Lauren Oliver blurbed this book.  If you are in the young adult community- that is a big deal to have Lauren Oliver blurb your book.  I had high expectations going into Catastrophic History and that blurb is why.

Lauren nailed the description of the book:  "Inventive, funny, beautiful, heartbreaking".  Those are the exact words I would use to describe it (if that wasn't total copying!)  I have never read a book like this- it was like Teen Angel plus that show Revenge on ABC.  Man, the drama was palpable.  The book was somehow sad and dramatic without being dark.  There were many funny and carefree moments throughout the book that kept it from tipping into the depressing.

I loved the characters and loved the journey that Brie goes through.  This book is really about Brie  (but really really about something else that I am not telling you!) and her journey through the stages of grief from her own death.  It was a bittersweet read that has a wonderful finish.

I would say even if you aren't a fan of contemporary ya (which I typically am not)- you will still love this book.  The author rides the line between fantasy and contemporary fiction with skill and ease.  I loved this book and I can't wait to read more from this very talented author!

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