Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Debut of the Month - All About Jess Rothenberg ( The Catastrophic History of You and Me)

That's right my lovelies! This monthly feature on Badass Bookie is back again this year and kicking off the year we have out February Debutante - Jess Rothenberg!

Debutante Profile

Name - Jess Rothenberg
Debut - The Catastrophic History of You and Me
Genre - Contemporary
Website - HERE
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE

JESS ROTHENBERG grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, graduated from Vassar College, and spent most of her twenties editing books for teens and middle grade readers.  She lives in Brooklyn where she writes full-time, dances interpretively, and dreams of one day owning a sheepdog named Leo.  The Catastrophic History of You and Me is her first novel.  Visit to find out more!

Dream Debutante Dress -  Love this dress, completely gorgeous and very pretty :) 

Notes from a YA Debutante

Interesting facts about me:  Well for one thing, I’m really good at ping-pong.  (Like, really good.)  I’m also the queen of bad puns, I love to belt out Disney/Broadway show tunes when nobody’s home, and have been weirdly obsessed with Shark Week on the Discovery Channel since I was a little kid.  Yup, I’m kind of a dork.  But a loveable dork, I like to think.   

Another interesting fact:  I was born a minute before midnight and still have a sneaking suspicion the hospital clock was off and my actual birthday is 10/11, not 10/10.  So I like to celebrate both just to make sure. 

What I do when I’m not writing:  Oh, things like visiting family and friends, brunching it up in Brooklyn, last minute trips to exciting places… the usual stuff!

My inspirations:  Movies I’ve seen, books I’ve read, dreams I’ve had—even the way the light hits the pavement on a lazy afternoon can spark an idea worth exploring.  Inspiration is all around us all the time; you just have to be paying attention!

My journey to publication:  I was a YA editor for a number of years before jumping ship to write full-time.  (Some of the books I edited include Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series, Kathy Reich’s Virals, Josh Lieb’s I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil & I Want to be Your Class President, to name a few.)  Then I started a wonderful MFA program geared toward writing for Children and Young Adults at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, where I began working on Catastrophic History.  The book sold to Dial not too long after, and the rights have sold in something like 14 countries.  I couldn’t be happier!  In fact, when finished copies arrived a few weeks ago, I literally had no choice but to dance.  Just see for yourself!

Bookie's Note:  Meet Jess - the new girl on the block! Okay, I'm like obsessed with New Girl right now and when Jess comes along with her name - I had to make a reference. *imaginary cap locks* I can't believe you edited Vampire Academy! The series is one of my favourite all time! And Jess, I'm a Disney enthusiast as well! Just ask my classmates - I sing everything from Little Mermaid to Lion King - ALL DAY LONG! Come back tomorrow for the second half of Jess's feature + EPIC giveaway!

Badass Bookie xx


  1. I finished The Catastrophic History of You and Me last night, and it was INCREDIBLE! So happy and teary and wonderful.

  2. I am so excited to read The Catastrophic History of You and Me! It sounds like an amazing book.

    The debutante dress is so pretty! <3

  3. TCHOYAM is one of my favorite books so far this year, so heartbreakingly beautiful that I literally had to hug the book when I was done with it!:)

  4. I am really looking forward to this book. It sounds great. I love that dress too. So simple and pretty!

  5. Definitely a flowy gorgeous dress! I've heard such wonderful things about this book and can't wait to read it!

  6. Gorgeous dress! I love that Jess is inspired by movies and books, and that she loves to sing Disney and Broadway music randomly. I actually had no idea she was also from New York (and I think it's so cool she went to Vassar - one of my best friends attended that school and loved it so much). Thanks for this interview! Can't wait to check out Catastrophic History!

  7. Whoa, that dress is SO soft and so pretty! I'm in love. I also think that's cool about her one minute before minute story, two birthdays are awesome!

  8. That dress is gorgeous. I love the detailed work on it. It's awesome to be inspired by different movies.


  9. Wow! The dress is so elegant! So soft!

  10. Can I just rub my cheek up against that dress for um, ever? It's so sparkly and pretty.

  11. I love the beautiful and demure.

  12. Love the dress it's so pretty. I too am in love with Shark Week but can't say how that started, but it's one of my favorite weeks of the year lol. When I was younger I had Disney sing-a-long tapes that I would pop in when I was home alone and just totally go to town with lol. I also love last minute vacations because anything I plan usually doesn't happen and it's more fun when it's spur of the moment. I definitely can't wait to read The Catastrophic History of You and Me and look forward to future books.

  13. LOVE singing Disney songs. hahaha even if somebody's there! And that dress is GORGEOUS and so simple. amazing! Great post :D

  14. Hahah. I love your youtube video. Your cat is awesome!

    I can't wait to read this book :)