Friday, 13 April 2012

The Catastrophic History of You and Me

Goodreads Blurb
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?

What can I say? Jess Rothenberg has merged together three key elements to create a successful book. Witt, romance, and a few tears. I have to say, the character development was amazingly done, and the plot itself had many twists and turns that kept the book alive. Even the writing style. It'll capture you in the first line like it did me.

First, Brie was a very interesting character. She's your average teenager who has the life. Perfect friends, perfect family, and perfect boyfriend. It's interesting to see how a girl like her will react to everything beyond. How she'll react to finding out that her perfect life wasn't so perfect after all, and that the truth's she found out where lies, ended up being truths? Complicated, I know, and that's what I liked about it. Brie has a really witty personality (love the 'your mom' jokes), and she's definitely a character who's point of you you'll enjoy witnessing.

On to the plot. Poor Brie died of a broken heart-literally- which I find a little bit unreasonable, but I guess all is fair in the game of love and books. Anyway, so she finds herself in a little pizza place where she has an encounter with a boy named Patrick. Patrick helps Brie out, and the more she learns about the after life, the more she starts to discover about her life. It wasn't as perfect as she thought it was.

I would recommend this book to anyone (over the age of maybe... 12?). It has a very active plot, well developed characters, and an amazing voice, definitely a five stars.

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