Review time! The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg is a 2012 YA Debut and just a heads up - Jess is actually my February Debut of the Month so check out her debutante profile and giveaway ( Signed ARC + Poster) after you read this review! Today is the AUS release date! Thanks to Penguin for the ARC for review :)
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?
The Short Story? - An undeniably bittersweet novel about heartbreak, getting over him and coming to terms with death. Rothenberg has written an incredible debut filled with beautifully prose, witty dialogue and some completely hilarious characters. A unique spin on the afterlife and funny take on teenage heartbreak, The Catastrophic History of You and Me is a treat for us all!
The Long Story? - *sigh* It was...everything I thought it'll be and more. A very satisfying read! I loved everything about The Catastrophic History of You and Me, Rothenberg has truly written a remarkable debut! A very unique plot with a refreshingly original take on the afterlife. The novel is a lot more serious than the blurb led me to think yet it maintains the light and airy atmosphere. Wonderfully bittersweet, Brie's story is not a happy one but it's touching and completely unputdownable. The idea of dying by broken heart really made me laugh, there is nothing funny about death but... well, I laughed okay? Funny, comfortable and beautifully written, a fantastic contemporary!
The characterisation was very well done! I completely adored Brie - you gotta love her! Everything from the disney references to the cheesy nicknames ( pun intended), she was a great protagonist. She's funny, kind and a tad sarcastic. Some of her post-death choices weren't so great but let's all cut her some slack, she died of a BROKEN HEART! That's double sucky :) And her mistakes helped develop her into a better character. Wonderful character development! Patrick, our guid to the other side is funny with a capital 'f'. Quite a looker, hilarious and adorably sweet - he stole my heart! A wonderfully characterised novel!
After reading The Catastrophic History of You and Me I went into a week long reading hangover, the novel was so awesome I couldn't bring myself to read anything else! Rothenberg has written novel complete with the whole shebang, a unique plot, fantastic characters, beautiful prose and funny dialogue! I can't wait to see what Jess has install for us next after her winner of a debut! One not to be missed!
What's it Worth? - Hand Over the Paycheck/ Break Out the Piggy Bank
Badass Bookie xx