The Catastrophic History of You and Me

The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg


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?

Brie dies of a broken heart, like two broken pieces literally. My first thought was, could this really happen? Can a heart actually break? I’ve tried Googling this, but apparently, people don’t define “literally”/”actually” same way I mean. Yes you can actually die of sorrow or grief, but will your heart shatter or break? Somebody please answer me.

The story wasn’t really great, it wasn’t awful either. But it took me 3 days to read the book (with other books in between) because I couldn’t concentrate on it long enough to want to know what’ll happen next. I finished the book so I could finish it and be done with it. :-p I couldn’t accept how easily some things were forgiven, like those who killed themselves… I was always taught that these people don’t go to heaven. I also felt that the story was too limited. She died of a heartbreak and now she wants revenge. That done, she finds out the history of her friend from the in-between, find out that they were connected a long time ago and she suddenly remembers and feels all these huge emotions. I’m like, what?

Or maybe I should’ve given it a chance and read it without distraction.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars.


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