The Catastrophe Of You And Me by Jess Rothenberg

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?

They say Brie passed away from a broken heart, literally. After boyfriend, and supposedly love if her life, Jacob, tells Brie that he doesn't love her, Brie's world ended. She suddenly finds herself as a spectator at her own high school memorial service, watching loved ones, best friends and those she barely knew, mourn her passing.

Where do souls go when they are no longer bound to this earth? The pizzeria. Brie finds herself in her local pizzeria, on a plain parallel to her previous life. Where local children who also lost their lives... Wait. For what? Brie hasn't a clue, until the charismatic, and no longer living, Patrick, guides her through the afterlife.

Patrick, with his bright smile and Top Gun inspired pilot jacket, shows Brie the afterlife isn't all bad, starting with the very person who broke her heart, Jacob. Working from the Dead and Gone handbook, Brie learns how to relive her memories, cast revenge with those that have hurt her, and an alternate future her revenge has created.

A lying best friend, a cruel and unkind boyfriend, a broken family, a tortured soul, a cheating parent and attempted suicide, nothing is what it seems. With Patrick by her side, Brie needs to learn to forgive, or she may never know the truth as to what lead to her heart breaking or why Patrick has been waiting in limbo.

The Catastrophe of You and Me was a beautifully written story of loss, acceptance and living in the moment. Brie tells the reader her story, starting from the moment her heart broke, and she passed away. Surprisingly, there are far more poignant, witty and heartwarming moments than sadness and grief. The concept of a novel depicting the afterlife, didn't sound entertaining, but thankful I didn't trust my own judgement, it was worth the chance and thoroughly enjoyed it.

The Catastrophe Of You And Me
Written By Jess Rothenberg
Published 02 / 02 / 2012
400 Pages

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