Thursday, February 16, 2012

Debut of the Month - All About the Catastrophic of You and Me

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Book Profile

Name - The Catastrophic History of You and Me (Goodreads)
Author - Jess Rothenberg
Genre - Contemporary
Release Date - 21st of February 2012
Available - The Book Depository
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 in heaven, 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 knows 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's been D&G (dead and gone) much longer than she? and 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 Insider's Scoop

Insider’s Scoop:  The idea for Catastrophic History came to me during a time when I was dealing with a pretty bad broken heart of my own.  (That whole can’t eat, can’t sleep, can’t get out of bed, can’t stop playing sappy love songs on repeat, that kind of thing.)  Writing made me feel better, especially as I was going through all the classic stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, sadness, and acceptance), and I couldn’t help thinking there might be a good story in there somewhere.  Around the same time, I read an article in the Wall Street Journal all about “Broken Heart Syndrome,” and learned it really is possible to die from the cardiac stress brought about by an intense emotional loss.  And since first love tends to be all the more emotional and intense, I couldn’t help but wonder:  what if a teenage girl died of a broken heart?  What if she had to figure out love from the Great Beyond, while the rest of the world went on without her?  And voila, Catastrophic History was born! 

A funny secret about the book:  People often ask me if I borrow anything from real life for my stories, and the answer is sometimes!  There’s actually scene in Catastrophic History where Brie washes up naked on a beach that is taken straight from my high school days.  My best friends Jesse, Leah, and Chesnee convinced me to go skinny-dipping at a crowded beach the summer before senior year and a giant wave came out of nowhere and crashed me to the shore completely naked.  It was such a funny and embarrassing teenage moment I couldn’t resist putting it in the book!  ; ) 


~Giveaway~


Jess is giving away a Signed ARC + Poster of The Catastrophic History of You and Me.

Rule of Entry -

- US ONLY ( sorry!)
- Ends 16th of March
- Must be 13 or older
- Optional Entries :
   * Leaving comment on either of Jess's posts +1 each
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   * Tweeting Giveaway +1
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44 comments:

  1. I love that the idea of this book came from a time of heartbreak (and that article), because it's amazing to see something so wonderful come out of a negative time. From what I've been reading of reviews, this book is a brilliant result!

    Thank you for doing the giveaway!

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  2. Thank you for this giveaway! I really want to read this one, and even suggested it to my library to buy! I hope they do (or I win). :D

    Angie @ Pinkindle Reads & Reviews

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  3. I loved finding of where the idea of this one came from! It's always so unique. Definitely adding this one to my wishlist.

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  4. You're skinny-dipping story is hilarious, but I would have been mortified! It's funny you included that in your book. :] I can't wait to read it!

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  5. Love to see the ideas behind the book! I've been waiting on this one forever! Can't wait to read it!

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  6. Now, that is an interesting insider's scoop :) Cool giveaway :)

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  7. I've heard amazing things about this book, but I actually had no idea what it was really about. I think it's great that a broken heart and studies about heartbreak inspired this book, and because it's such a personal, relate-able subject, I'm looking forward to reading this book even more. Can't wait to check it out. Thanks for this post and this giveaway!

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  8. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!

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  9. You forgot the word History in your blogspot title :)

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  10. Oh, I didn't know there was such a thing as Broken Heart Syndrome! It makes the story even more interesting. I can't imagine the skinny dipping story, it is true what they say about write what you know!

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  11. I've heard a lot of great things about this book, really want to read it:)

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  12. Great giveaway. I have been hearing such good things about this book. I love the poster too. So cool. That skinny dipping incident is so funny! I could only imagine how embarrassing that would have been.

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  13. Everybody's talking about this book. It sounds awesome!

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  14. This one sounds like a real treat. Thanks for offering this giveaway! :)

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  15. I absolutely cannot wait to read this! I wasn't sure if it was my type of read at first, but after reading several interviews with Jess, I think it's going to be GREAT!

    Thanks for a fabulous giveaway :-) Happy reading!

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  16. Thanks you for the giveaway! I've heard a lot about his book and can't wait to read it :)

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  17. i have so been looking forward to this book! i've heard really great things about the author and the book is definitely different from what i usually read, but it sounds really good : ) thanks for the giveaway!

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  18. Been wanting to read this book! thanks so much for the giveaway :)

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  19. I love how the story came to the author. The cover is really pretty and it sounds like a really good read. Thank you!

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  20. Thanks for the chance to win. I just found your blog and I love how it looks. Looking forward to following your posts.

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  21. Its interesting how this book came to be, Im sure a lot of girls have had a broken heart or two before I know I have. Im excited to read this, its been on my wishlist for a while now.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  22. Awesome giveaway!! Would love to win this! Thanks so much.

    Sara @ upon a love story

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  23. Thank you for the giveaway! This book looks awesome!

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  24. Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway! The book looks great, and whoever wins is a lucky ducky ;)

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  25. Wow, great giveaway, This book sounds great. So many have said good things about it. Thanks for the chance to read it for myself!

    Mary

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  26. Awesome giveaway! Everyone has said great things about this book!

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  27. I had been dying to read this book!

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  28. Thanks for the giveaway! Can't wait to read this!!

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  29. This is awesome - thanks so much!

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  30. Your skinny dipping event sounds just like something that would happen to me. LOL. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  31. This book sounds really good! I'd love to get a copy of it :)

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  32. I definitely need to read this book. It's truly amazing how you can take a huge heartbreak from losing your first love and turn it into a book. That is just inspiring. Love the skinny dipping story, that is just too funny and I bet it will be just as funny in the book.

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  33. I cannot wait to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

    ~Paige @ Comfort Books
    http://paigebradish1996.blogspot.com/

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  34. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  35. I've been looking forward to this one for a while! Thank you for the giveaway! :)

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  36. I have heard so many great things about this book thanks for the opportunity to win! :)

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  37. Awesome giveaway, thank you! The book looks awesome!

    GFC: Maria Barrios

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  38. Ahh this looks great!!! The book just seems so different and fun:)

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  39. Thanks so much for this giveaway! I would be SO SO SO excited if I won :D

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  40. Thanks for sharing where your idea for the book came from. That loss of first love is the hardest, but thankfully something better usually comes along (though we never see that at the time, I know I didn't). I am fascinated by your premise and can't wait to read the book. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

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  41. Not only does the story sound terrible, but this book clearly needs a better cover design, I am shocked the publisher could not think of a better image. There is no way I would ever even notice this book at Barnes and Noble.

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