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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 be...more
Hardcover, 375 pages
Published February 21st 2012 by Penguin Young Readers Group
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
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: she had...more
Ariana
“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 c...more
Levi
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 HAMLOAF
I 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...more
Sasha
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. It was lighthe...more
Lucille
“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 on, fo...more
Celine
Review originally posted in: http://forget8me8not.blogspot.com.au/...

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 half...

don'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...more
Sarah (saz101)
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 sh...more
Corrine Jackson
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, littl...more
Angela (:
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 screw it. 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 bo...more
MizzSandie
So...
I'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,...more
Ayesha
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...more
Isamlq
It’s not what I was expecting: funny mostly but not all of the time.

The Good

Those 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 (shocked)...more
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
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...more
Angie
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. Anyway...I felt the pain that Brie felt and the feelings that overcame her as she made discoveries. Oh, and...more
Hilda
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 torn apart...more
Keertana
Unfortunately, Catastrophic History fell 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 and Catastrophic History didn't bring anything new to the m...more
Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
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 those they...more
Julianna Helms
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...more
Aly (My Heart Hearts Books)
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.
However, my...more
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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.
Karla (Reads and Thoughts)
In that smile, I saw our whole Catastrophic history playing out before my eyes...

I've chosen to sit and watch the storm clouds gather instead of running for cover at the first hint of rain and I had paid the price for waiting because the storm became a hurricane.

Brie dies at a very young age. She dies because of a broken heart. Her heart literally breaks in two. She holds so much pain and anger towards Jacob, who caused her heart to be broken.

Now that she's D&G (dead and gone), Brie is abou...more
Evie
***Originally posted to: Bookish Book Blog |YA and Adult Book Reviews, Author Interviews, Guest Posts, Giveaways and news! ^___^



Charming, brilliantly imaginative, and absolutely unputdownable, The Catastrophic History Of You And Me is hands down one of the most genuinely original books I have ever read. This book is deliciously refreshing, full of sparkling new ideas and unforeseeable plot twists. It's sweet. It's touching. It's funny. Above all, though, it's an extremely perceptive book, especi...more
Coranne (The Best Books Ever)
So Lauren Oliver blurbed this book. If you are in the young adult community- that is a big deal to have Lauren Oliver blurb your book. I had high expectations going into Catastrophic History and that blurb is why.

Lauren nailed the description of the book: "Inventive, funny, beautiful, heartbreaking". Those are the exact words I would use to describe it (if that wasn't total copying!) I have never read a book like this- it was like Teen Angel plus that show Revenge on ABC. Man, the drama was palp...more
Angel
You can find this review and many more at Mermaid Vision Books!

Release Date:February 21, 2012
Publisher: Dial Books (Penguin)
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover
Source: ARC received from Penguin Canada

Tell Me More:Dying of a literally broken heart? It's the stuff Lifetime movies are made up of, and while I would normally avoid similar plots like it's my job, I had a hunch that TCHOYAM was going to be the exception to my rule. Jess Rothenberg has written one of the strongest and most...more
Brooke
3.5 stars.

Fun, flirty, and just a little bit cute, The Catastrophic History of You and Me both was and wasn't what I expected. It was definitely something different, and I found it easy to read and enjoy. It actually surprised me - I got a bit teary eyed on a couple of occasions, too. While I expected a light, fluffy book, this one definitely had a serious side I wasn't expecting.

So, if you're looking for a quick read that packs a little bit of everything (fun, wit, humor, friendships, sadness,...more
Denise Aronica
L'ho adorato! Una storia proprio catastrofica, originale e affascinante. Ironia e drammaticità fantastiche! Gli amanti del genere non possono farselo scappare, ma secondo me potrebbe piacere un po' a tutti :)

Recensione completa sul blog clicca qui per leggerla !
Krista (Nawanda Files)
When I started The Catastrophic History of You and Me I thought it was going to be a really fun story with a predictable premise. What I got was a really funny story that shocked me on almost every page! It's hard even to categorize this book into a genre because it's about ghosts, but at the same time it feels like a contemporary novel. Rothenberg is able to make paranormal seem real, which is incredibly difficult

Brie dies at the very beginning of the book from a broken heart (literally) and th...more
Sonia
4.5/5

Although the idea of heartbreak is nothing unheard of, the concept of actually having your heart split into two pieces after love goes wrong is a new one. Jess Rothenberg explores exactly this though and manages to pull it off spectacularly.

When I first heard of what The Catastrophic History of You and Me was about, I was mega excited. This is such a crazy, unique idea and I was jumping with anticipation at how it would be executed. Once Brie dies, she has to go through the five stages of...more
Brodie
Brie's heart broke in half the minute her boyfriend said he didn't love her. And I don't mean that figuratively, it literally snapped in two. Death by heartbreak. Could your life end anymore tragically? It's an almost implausible concept, yet Jess Rothenberg pulled the premise off flawlessly. I fell in love with this book from the first page. Brie's voice hooks you in instantly, so funny and compelling and FRESH. She's a character who you can't help but adore - young, vibrant and romantic and su...more
Cathy/The Crazy Bookworm
I fell in love with this book when I first laid eyes on the cover(I know, I know. Don't judge a book by it's cover) but in this instance, the book lived up to it's stunning cover and beyond.

Let me start with the characters. Brie was HILARIOUS. Her sarcastic humour and inability to give comebacks made the book a blast to read. Her kind, simple personality made it easy to love her. Being a hopeless romantic myself and my love for cheesy, sappy chick flicks, I instantly related to Brie. Her and I...more
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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 (like the bestselling titles VAMPIRE ACADEMY, STRANGE ANGELS, and I AM A GENIUS OF UNSPEAKABLE EVIL & I WANT TO BE YOUR CLASS PRESIDENT, to name just a few). She lives in Brooklyn where she writes full-time, dances interpretively,...more
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“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?” 351 likes
“The trouble is, sometimes words are like arrows. Once you shoot them, there's no going back.” 261 likes
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