The Catastrophic History of You & Me by Jess Rothenberg

I put off reading The Catastrophic History of You & Me by Jess Rothenberg for awhile. Afterlife plots don’t always appeal to me. Well, let me tell y’all. This was an exception – because I loved it! I was totally blown away by both the plot and characters.

When The Catastrophic History of You & Me begins, fifteen year old Brie has just died of a (literal) broken heart. She goes through the stages of grief and discovers all the things she didn’t know about her close friends and family. There are surprises in store from her boyfriend, best friends and parents! Really makes you think about what might be going on in your own life…

Jess Rothenberg majorly impressed me with her mad awesome plot building skills. Seriously – so many twists and turns. The kind you don’t always see coming. I was constantly being surprised by what happened next! I definitely did not expect to have so many great unexpected changes thrown at me when I started The Catastrophic History of You & Me.

I was immediately struck on page 1  because there was a reference  to Princess Bride! Then, throughout the book there were multiple references to Disney Princesses. They were all so fun and clever, I had so much fun reading most of this book! Towards the end there was even a nod to Ms. Frizzle and The Magic School Bus! How awesome is all of that? So much awesome all in one book.

Not that everything was Wesley and Buttercup loving and magic carpet rides. There was a lot of tragedy, mourning, poignancy and anger. Just like the plot had constant twists and turns – so did the emotions.

And as for the characters – seriously wow. Brie has a lot of depth. Patrick, her guide in the afterlife, is equally amazing. Two of the best-written YA characters I’ve come across in recent history.

Basically, Jess Rothenberg has created an amazingly written story in The Catastrophic History of You & Me. I can’t think of anything I would change. Definitely a book you guys want to check out!

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  • Steph February 2, 2012, 1:02 am

    Yay, I’m glad you ended up enjoying this one! Although the book was fun , and full of energy, I really appreciated the depth Jess Rothenberg added to it, too. I’m really looking forward to seeing what she writes next!
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  • Vidya @ Books Are Magic February 2, 2012, 5:44 am

    Wow! Great review! I am new to this book, but you made me want to read it. Thanks a lot for sharing!

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  • Giselle February 2, 2012, 6:40 am

    Oooh I love good twists. Seriously I rarely see a good twists that I don’t see coming for miles anymore! Great review!
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  • Andrea February 2, 2012, 9:31 am

    I had heard of this one before, but it really didn’t intrigue me. But after reading your review, I’ve added it to the TBR list!
    I love the fact that the book references The Princess Bride and all the other Disney princesses – I’m interested to see how the author does this! Great review!
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  • A. Knight February 2, 2012, 10:06 am

    Ha! I don’t even know why I was worried.
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  • Andrea February 2, 2012, 2:15 pm

    I love good twists in the book. And I love the sound of this book, I’ve seen it around a lot and everyone really enjoyed it. I love all the different references you talk about (especially The Princess Bride!) I definitely have to check this book out! Great review!
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  • April Books & Wine February 5, 2012, 9:15 am

    Wesley and Buttercup, OMFG. I need to read The Catastrophic History Of You And Me. I’ve seen such mixed reviews, but because we have super scary similar taste in books I JUST KNOW THAT I CAN ATTEMPT THIS AND NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.

    Thank goodness for your review.
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  • Ashley B February 6, 2012, 2:13 am

    Hmm… We might need to chat some about this book… Some aspects of this book really appeal to me, and I keep thinking that maybe I’ll read it, but I’m terribly put off by that line about dying from a literal broken heart…

    Although I will say that the Princess Bride reference DOES sound awesome! SO much love for TPB!! 😀
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