Release Date: February 21, 2012
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher
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?
The first chapter of The Catastrophic History of You & Me sets up this fantastic premise. The first chapter hooks you. It was gorgeous and I thought ‘I am going to love this book.’ Unfortunately the rest of the story didn’t hold up for me.
The thing that held me back from loving The Catastrophic History of You & Me was the characters. I found Brie to be pretty unlikeable. She was silly and immature. That’s just my opinion and I’m 25 so that might have a lot to do with it. I think I really would have loved this book when I was a tween or teen, but Brie just came off as a tiny but annoying for me. She was overly dramatic, always crumpling to the floor in tears and having breakdowns. Which is understandable in her situation, but it grew tiresome for me. I also didn’t like Patrick much. I never felt any spark between them. I never felt like I got to know him well.
I did however enjoy the premise. The dynamics of heaven were intriguing. I’ve saw a lot of reviews that take issue with the fact that Brie dies of an actual broken heart, but that didn’t even bother me. It is fiction, after all. I just wish that I could have liked the characters more, but oh well. Other people really seem to love the book so please still give it a chance and see how you like it.