The Catastrophic History of You and Me (Hardback)
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Short Description for The Catastrophic History of You and Me Just before her sixteenth birthday, Brie Eagan literally dies of a broken heart when her boyfriend tells her he does not love her, and she then must go through the five stages of grief, while watching her friends and family try to cope with her death, before her faith in love is restored and she can move on to the afterlife.
- Published: 21 February 2012
- Format: Hardback 375 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780803737204 ISBN 10: 0803737203
- Sales rank: 358,571
Reviews for The Catastrophic History of You and Me
Sparkly but no shine
By title alone, The Catastrophic History Of You & Me sounds like it should be full of drama and heartbreak that brings about the end of the world. I had high hopes after the first few pages, but after a while I started to wonder where the story was really going. While the heartbreak does lead to all of Brie's misfortunes, I feel like the story had too much sweetness to spend enough time with anything too deep. There were the frequent cutesy nickname-dropping and usual teenage girl idiosyncrasies, but if I take all that away and look more closely at the serious issues of family meltdown and self-destruction, the story seemed to have cookie-cut answers that did not do much for me. I expected something along the lines of before i fall, but this did not impress me as much despite all its fun sparkles. by theEPICrat
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Wow! Never have 400 pages gone by so fast!
I was lucky enough to get to read an ARC of TCHoY&M and unfortunately it only last a day. Wow! Never have 400 pages gone by so fast! When I first started it I knew I was in for a treat, when Brie ends up in a Pizza parlor while waiting to move on. I had a few Beatlejuice moments when she was was handed the D&G (Dead and Gone) handbook but this book is so totally unique that they were only flashes. I was constantly grabbing a tissue to blow my nose and wipe my eyes when only moments before I was laughing out loud. It was amazing at the range of emotions that Rothenberg took me through, much like the 5 stages of grief that Brie had to go through.
The main characters, Brie and Patrick, were so very real and so likeable and one of my favorite things about the book was the music titles for each chapter. They really set the mood for each chapter and kind of gave you a hint of what was upcoming. And even though I don't listen to music while reading or writing, if I was to reread this book, I'd likely set up the playlist in the background.
It's a sad romantic story that will make you think about your life, family, friends, and loves. It's a story that as a 14 year old I'd have stayed up all night reading and swore I was too sick to go to school the next day- "see mom, my eyes are so red and swollen"- just so I could finish it. As an adult, I simply stayed up all night and napped the next day. I look forward to reading more by this awesome author. Good job! by Lisa Richardsunder review