Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg -ADVISABLE

Rothenberg, Jess. The Catastrophic History of You and Me, 375 pgs. Dial Books, 2012. $17.99. Language PG-13 (34 swears, 0 ‘f’) Sexual Content PG-13, Violence G. Right before her sixteenth birthday, Brie Eagan literally dies of a broken heart when her boyfriend tells her that he doesn’t love her. Brie’s heart cracks in half, and she finds herself in limbo where she must complete the five stages of grief before she can move on onto the afterlife. With the help of a mysterious boy, Patrick, Brie is able to go back to her hometown and watch how her death is affecting her family and friends. What Brie doesn’t realize is that Patrick holds the key to her moving on to the afterlife. I liked this book a lot. Brie is easy to like, even though she can be very stubborn, and Patrick is the kind of old school boy that every girl wanted to fall in love with. It was fun to see Brie come to the realization that not everything revolves around her, and other people have been affected by her death. Middle School, High School- ADVISABLE. Reviewer: AL

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