I’ve been given different books by friends and family who know I love YA so I have a big pile of books “TBR” (To Be Read). So, as I was hurriedly packing for my vacation to Georgia last week, I grabbed a book from said pile. I didn’t look at it or wonder about it, I just grabbed it, packed it up and left. When I had the chance to kick back and read, I was surprised when I pulled it out and read the back of the book. What I found was a book that I enjoyed and was able to read in one sitting.
BRIE is the “biggest, cheesiest, sappiest romantic,” and she believes that everyone will find their perfect someone. So when Jacob, the love of Brie’s life, tells her he doesn’t love her anymore, the news breaks her heart, literally, and she dies.
But now that she’s D&G (dead and gone), Brie revisits the living world to discover that her family has begun to unravel and her best friend has been keeping an intimate secret about her boyfriend. Somehow, Brie must handle all of this while navigating through the five stages of grief with the help of Patrick, her mysterious guide to the afterlife. But how is she supposed to face the Ever After with a broken heart and no one to call her own?
In “The Catastrophic History of You and Me,” Jess Rothenberg deals with love, friendship, relationships, family, death, and grief . She does this all from the point of view of Brie, our protagonist who is dead and has to come to terms with not only her own death, but the lives of her family and friends who are left behind.
Brie visits her family and friends, and finds that not everything was as perfect as she thought. She finds that her family is falling apart and she can’t help them. Brie’s father is a renowned cardiologist who can’t believe that his own daughter died from having her heart literally torn in half. This causes him to become obsessed with her death, to the detriment of the rest of his family. Brie also discovers that there may be more to her friends lives and Jacob’s life that she didn’t really know about. She is also angry that the last words she heard were, “I don’t love you,” from the love of her life Jacob. She wants answers.
As Brie tries to deal with all of this, she also has help in adjusting to the afterlife from a very handsome (but dead) guy named Patrick. As she learns to come to terms with her death, Patrick is there to help her. Slowly, Brie begins to realize that there is more to Patrick than meets the eye. So that adds another puzzle that she is trying to solve in her afterlife.
The stories about Brie’s friends and family and her friendship in the afterlife with Patrick all make this book both entertaining and interesting. So, take it with you on your vacation, kick back and enjoy this book.
“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.”
“In the midst of happiness or despair
in sorrow or in joy
in pleasure or in pain:
Do what is right and you will be at peace.”
“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?”
“No matter how much you think you know a person – no matter how pretty they act, or how popular they seem, you can never know what their lives are really like.”