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The Catastrophic History of You and Me 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 DG

  • Title: The Catastrophic History of You and Me
  • Author: Jess Rothenberg
  • ISBN: 9780803737204
  • Page: 101
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 DG dead and gone , Brie is about to discover that love is way complicated than she ever imagined Back in Half Moon Bay, her family has begun to unravel Her beDying 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 DG dead and gone , Brie is about to discover that love is way 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

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    1. Maja (The Nocturnal Library) on said:

      Confession time: I was pretty sure I would love this book even before it showed up in my mailbox. I loved the title, I liked the cover, and the description sounded really interesting. What I didn’t know, however, was that I wasn’t just signing up for a fun read, I was signing up for heartbreak and some really huge, eye opening lessons. Don’t get me wrong: The Catastrophic History of You and Me is often laugh-out-loud funny, but that’s not nearly all it is. Brie Eagan’s life was perfect [...]

    2. Aj the Ravenous Reader on said:

      I’ll go straight to the point. Despite some reviews that say this is corny and melodramatic, I loved it, loved absolutely every word from the very beginning up to the very last word of the Acknowledgement.^^ “REVENGE MAY BE SWEET, BUT BOOK DEALS ARE DEFINITELY SWEETER.”To me, it’s a beautiful and quirky (two adjectives you don't see together often) novel about heartbreak in all its possible meanings. It’s mysterious, fantastical, very intriguing, romantic, seriously funny (certainly ha [...]

    3. Ariana on said:

      “The trouble is, sometimes words are like arrows. Once you shoot them, there's no going back.”I love books that make me feel more than one emotion I love it when my chest feels tight and achey for a moment, and then it gets all sweet and giggly; when I want to cry and smile at the same time; when I feel like I can't get enough from the story and I would like to keep reading about the characters until the end of time.This goes for this story, this goes for Brie and Patrick, for a heart which [...]

    4. Lebay on said:

      Catastrophic, indeed.I love how the titles of each chapter were lyrics from songs (like the titles of the notes I write).I love the twists and turns of the story.I love how the initials of the four besties spell B(rie)-E(mma)-S(adie)-T(ess).I love Brie's cheese nicknames. I love Patrick's jacket. I love the BEST's charm necklaces. I LOVE JACK and HAMLOAFI love the way LOVE gave everyone peace. How it freed Brie, Patrick, Eagan family, Jacob, and BEST (even Larkin).I love how the story literally [...]

    5. Lucille on said:

      “My heart didn't fail, someone failed my heart.”Brie's boyfriend tells her he doesn't love her, and the news breaks her heart—literally.If this happens in real life, I think 50% of the world's population would go down. Humans would go extinct. And Delirium comes in. There would be a cure for love to prevent heartbreak. Lol.This was definitely a very great book. At first, I thought it was about angels and afterlife and heaven, that kind of stuff. But I was wrong. This book is about moving o [...]

    6. Rachel Maniacup on said:

      Every time I read a book by an author I haven't encountered yet, It fascinates me because It does surprise me really good,especially when I don't really know what to expect. And I'm glad I've read this one 'cause this is something different.mething you would call an amazingly unique story!From the cover,the concept,the heartbreak,the romance,the humor,the drama,and particularly from the 80's pop songs that the author used as the titles of each chapter made this book incredibly adorable and memor [...]

    7. Sasha on said:

      The Catastrophic History of You and Me is every girl’s worst nightmare. Brie is dating this awesome guy and they go out to dinner and – BAM – he tells her he doesn’t love her. Next thing she knows, she’s dead. That’s right, she literally DIED of a broken heart. And her dad is a cardiologist so he starts digging into this notion that one can die of a broken heart. But Brie has to go through the stages of grief before she can “move on” to a better place.This book is definitely cute [...]

    8. Joost on said:

      Ik ben dan wel een stoere mannelijke boekendraak, maar DIT BOEK WOW! Een hartverscheurend en indrukwekkend verhaal, lees hier mijn recensie: nerdygeekyfanboy/recensie/

    9. Sarah (saz101) on said:

      Fifteen is altogether way too young to die. Especially to die of a broken heart. So when sweet, funny, charming Brie is cut down in the prime of her teenage years, what do we get? Angst? A heart-warming Disney movie? Well, perhaps not what you expect. It's more than either. The Catastrophic History of You and Me is brimming with humour and charm and tempered with a perfect balance of heartbreak. Shortly before her sixteenth birthday, Brie Eagan’s boyfriend tells her he doesn’t love her and s [...]

    10. Celine on said:

      Review originally posted in: forget8me8not/Cover:I love the girl's purple dress , the sky background and the upside down bridge. I can feel as if the girl is flying there in the sky and the cover gives off this heaven and calm feeling!Story:There's a girl called Brie. She died because of a broken heart. Her heart LITERALLY broke in halfn't you (forget about me)I don't think I'll even bother writing my own synopsis for this book. What I'll do instead is put some of the chapter titles of the book [...]

    11. MizzSandie on said:

      SoI'll admit it from the get-go: this book started out sort of 'meh' for me. I was not really 'feeling it' and I sort of found the heroine a bit whiny, self-absorbed, and a little too vengeful and agressive for my taste. My main complaints would be along these lines, 'Don't blame the world for your problems honey', 'dont judge and jump to conclusions' and'don't take your anger out on others'.BUT about a 3rd of my way into the book though, things started to change. The story got a hold of me, I g [...]

    12. Angela on said:

      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?I was thinking about giving this only 3 stars, but no. It deserves 4.This book was amazing in so many ways. I was drawn in from the first sentence. (I got bored for a few pages, but whatever. That's nothing compared to how I felt about the rest of the book.) After the not-so-interesting part, this book jus [...]

    13. Corrine Jackson on said:

      At the outset, the premise didn’t grab me. There, I said it. I know this book has a ton of buzz, but honestly, a girl dies of heartbreak? It didn’t snag me. But on a Sunday afternoon, I needed something different to read and I picked it up.There is a lot to recommend about the book. First, the voice. Brie is fifteen and she dies at the start of the story when her boyfriend breaks up with her. We follow her on a journey through the five stages of grieving. She haunts her boyfriend, parents, l [...]

    14. Laura on said:

      4.5 StarsThe Catastrophic History of You and Me is a jolt to the heart! Love is on full display in the pages of this book. All of love’s lovely little pockets and hidden away dark corners. Everything love has to offer is here. Blushing, beaming joy to brutal, heart crushing agony! Love isn’t always rainbows and romance. Just ask Brie.“Love hurts us all, no matter how old or young we are.”Brie Eagan died of a broken heart. Really. She’s dead. But life…well the afterlife must go on. We [...]

    15. Pearl Angeli on said:

      Because love is worth it after all… Dear heavens, I didn’t expect The Catastrophic History to be really this amazing. I mean, I did expect it to be good, but I didn’t know it’s way better that it seriously gives me goosebumps!I found out that it could make me feel so many things all at once. I felt surprised, angry, hopeless, depressed, regretful– it’s like I’ve also been to stages of grief while reading Brie’s epic, catastrophic (indeed) story.The concept of this book is beautif [...]

    16. Aaron Vincent on said:

      At the beginning of the novel, the main character introduced her sisterhood of the corny metaphorical necklace by comparing them to Disney princesses. One exotic, one redhead with a pet crab and one brunette who loves to read. Wanna take a shot which princesses are those? This is only one of the many examples of lazy writing that is so prevalent in this thing that pains me to call a novel.It is so full of those baits you commonly see on 'reviews' that contain lines like "Plus, you'll really love [...]

    17. Jessie(Ageless Pages Reviews) on said:

      Readalong with the lovely Christina from Christina Reads YA!This. was a bit of a mess. And by "a bit" I mean "a rather large mess." For many reasons; I admit I'm quite disappointed. Too cutesy, too cliched, too annoying to make much of an impact.

    18. Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue) on said:

      This. Book. Wins. If this had been the book given to me as my first foray into comtemporary YA -- and granted, it has supernatural elements, what with the MC being dead and all -- anyway, had this been my first contemporary read, it might have easily led me to decide that contemps were my favorite subgenre. Instead, I've shied away from most anything contemporary and consistently read paranormals with a heavy dose of romance to satisfy my cravings. This book may have changed all that. Don't thin [...]

    19. Natasha(Books are my sustenance) on said:

      "I was fifteen years old when I died of a broken heart."Brie's boyfriend tells her he doesn't love her, and the news breaks her heart — literally. Now she's D&G(dead and gone) and ends up in the afterlife which turns out to be the pizza place her family used to go to. And she's not alone, there are some other people there and they all just hang around, waiting to move on.There she meets Patrick, resident Lost Soul, who is so damn sweet, crushworthy and all-around awesome!!But more on that [...]

    20. Ayesha on said:

      When I picked The Catastrophic History of You and Me up off my shelf, I was expecting a lighthearted and sweet teenage romance novel. So, I think it's safe to say that my prior expectations of this book were completely 100% off. This is why:This beautiful book tells the story of a teenage girl who (literally) dies of a broken heart. Sounds silly, right? That's definitely what I thought. However, as I delved further and further into this astounding read, I soon found that this story was a lot dee [...]

    21. Isamlq on said:

      It’s not what I was expecting: funny mostly but not all of the time. The GoodThose nifty chapter titles; I loved those because they touched little on what she loved and she loved a lot. She has had a passion for older music, a skill for diving, and a love for those close to her. And it was that last bit I appreciated the most: she’s close to them. I also liked her having these ideas about the people around her, feeling comforted when they lived up to her notions, then being so confused (shoc [...]

    22. G on said:

      “The trouble is, sometimes words are like arrows. Once you shoot them, there's no going back.”First of all, I want to praise the theme/concept of the book. It's quite different from the books that I have read before though the idea of the heart being literally broken into two is weird. Hah. The first few pages were okay, light and a little fast-paced, but as the story goes, it got more and more interesting. I like how the story progressed for five stages (of grieving? if I remembered it righ [...]

    23. Angie on said:

      I laughed, I cried, I came, I saw, I conquered. Or at least I did the first two. Rothenberg knows humor and her dialogue is full of the kind of wit and retorts that I love. On the opposite side, she also is able to bring on the sadness and I found myself unable to read a few times because of blurry vision. They weren't tears, because I don't cry. I don't. I probably just need new glasses. AnywayI felt the pain that Brie felt and the feelings that overcame her as she made discoveries. Oh, and did [...]

    24. Julianna Helms on said:

      Quick Reaction: This book made me feel so bipolar, it wasn't even funny. I don't think I've ever read a book that made me cry just as much as it made me want to rip it apart. The Catastrophic History of You and Me features a protagonist who felt shallow and like a 5-year-old with the way she treated everything, yet though I detested her during the "Anger" and "Bargaining" parts (this book is told in parts labeled as the stages of grief! And every chapter is a song title! So freakin' cool.), I cr [...]

    25. Aly (My Heart Hearts Books) on said:

      To be honest I just didn’t like this book. I just couldn’t connect with the character, or what she had to go through. Mostly I just wanted to be finished with the book, because once I start a book, I usually try to finish it…unless it just horrible. This book in my opinion is bad, but not horrible. Mainly Brie is just horrible. I understand that she just died, and it sucks to know that people are moving on without you, but she’s selfish. She tries to hurt almost everyone in her life. How [...]

    26. Kenneth on said:

      Wat een prachtig verhaal ! En echt heel origineel gevonden Ook de plottwists zijn ook niet te verwachten, plus een vleugje humor. Maar ook weer een boek waarvan je verder na denkt in het leven, ook de emoties in het boek is een toppertje. Daarom geef ik het boek toch wel 5 sterren! Wat een verhaal!"Omringd door geluk of wanhoopIn verdriet of in vreugdeIn blijdschap of pijn:Doe het goede en je zult vrede vinden.Er is in het leven geen groter geschenk dan vrede,behalve liefde.Ik hoop dat je altijd [...]

    27. Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts! on said:

      3.5Such adorbs. Full review to follow. Full of swooning for sure.

    28. Keertana on said:

      Unfortunately,Catastrophic Historyfell into the category of novels which had been hyped up to such a point that I could only find them disappointing. While there were many aspects of this story I enjoyed and admired, I feel as if overall, this may be targeted to a younger or, at any rate, less-well-read audience. For me, the plot line of dying and returning as a ghost or contemplating your life from heaven has been vastly overdone andCatastrophic Historydidn't bring anything new to the mix.Bria [...]

    29. Hilda on said:

      A heartbroken moment can turn deadly.Brie’s life ends even before she has a taste of sweet sixteen. Her boyfriend, Jason, said the deadly words, “I don’t love you.” The shock in his words breaks Brie’s heart literally. Now Brie is a ghost, unable to rewind anything. She is determined to make Jason pay for his fault. Along with his new ghost partner-in-crime Patrick, Brie goes to visit Jason and take revenge on him. But things on Earth have been different after her death. Her family is [...]

    30. Jessica (Jess Hearts Books) on said:

      I’m a big fan of what I’ve come to think of as “Afterlife” books. With what exactly happens after death being the world’s biggest mystery I think that it gives authors artistic licence to really put some imagination into their take on life after death. I found Jess Rothenberg’s version of an afterlife fascinating and thought that it was a brilliant idea for the deceased to have to go through the five stages of grief- Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Sadness and Acceptance- just the same as [...]

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