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Ailed my heart Brie s boyfriend tells her he doesn t love her and the news breaks her heart literallyIf this happens in real life I think 50% of the world s population would o down Humans would British Exploitation of German Science and Technology, 1943-1949 go extinct And Delirium comes in There would be a cure for love to prevent heartbreak LolThis was definitely a veryreat book At first I thought it was about angels and afterlife and heaven that kind of stuff But I was wrong This book is about moving The Catastrophic History of You and Me is every Civil and Political Rights in Japan girl s worst nightmare Brie is dating this awesomeuy and they Creative States of Mind go out to dinner and BAM he tells her he doesn t love her Next thing she knows she s dead That s right she literally DIED of a broken heart And her dad is a cardiologist so he starts digging into this notion that one can die of a broken heart But Brie has too through the stages of Hidden grief before she can move on to a better placeThis book is definitely cute It was lighthearted and fun while dealing with this theme of death Brie sees how her various family members and friends handle her death andrieve for her loss Everyone deals with her death in their own way and it was interesting to see how Brie herself dealt with her death 16 is definitely too young to die I m sure everyone would agree with that statementI was really enjoying this book up until about 80% of the way through the book It took this weird turn that I was confused about It made a ood story and really came full circle for Brie s counterpart Patrick but I was confused on whyhow the book ot to that point It s not that I didn t like it it just seemed to come out of nowhere If you ve read the book tell me your thoughts in the commentsDefinitely a solid debut and I really enjoyed Jess s writing Looking forward to seeing what she comes out with next Review originally posted in love the The Therapeutic Process, the Self, and Female Psychology girl s purple dress the sky background and the upside down bridge I can feel as if theirl is flying there in the sky and the cover The Official Godzilla Compendium gives off this heaven and calm feelingStoryThere s airl called Brie She died because of a broken heart Her heart LITERALLY broke in halfdon t you forget about meI don t think I ll even bother writing my own synopsis for this book What I ll do instead is put some of the chapter titles of the book along with my review I had high expectations for The Catastrophic History of You and Me considering all the positive reviews I ve been reading about this book and how so many people love it The Catastrophic History of You and Me is beyond my expectations This book was so awesome and amazing The idea of someone who died because their heart literally broke in half like really broke in half is so uniue what becomes of the broken heartedIt must have been really painful for Brie when her heart broke in half when she died Before I even read the story the way the pages of the book are set and the chapter titles made me fall in love with this book excuse me while I kiss the skyYES This book is so touching and well written It is filled with so many emotions It s fun it s sad it s beautiful it s hilarious and it When Football Was Football gives you this warm fuzzy feeling when you read the book The book is split into 5 parts and I love the stories in each part Not only that I LOVE THE CHAPTER TITLES They are from song lyrics and they re PERFECT This book touched me in ways I never thought of I love it It s amazing The ending is perfectpermanently black and blue permanently blue for you Characterssomewhere over the rainbowThere is Patrick He s a Darling Hey no pun intended He is Patrick Darling Yes Darling is his surname He is adorable he s amazing he s awesome and I fall in love with him I d willingly break my heart in half if it means I can see him He s the coolest character ever He wears leather brown jacket and rides motorcycle He is sweet charming and oh what I d do to make him smile only theood die youngPatrick is nearly 18 when he died 17 years is not enough to see the beauty of the world and to feel lovethe cheese stands alone Brie stands for Aubrie Brie is the name of a cheese and yes she stands alone She is such a fun character to read about I connected with her in every ways and understand her pain of being told that her own boyfriend that he did not love her and the pain of not being able to live in the world any longer 1234 tell me that you love me I love Brie and Patrick s relationship They are so perfect for each other There is an attraction from the very first moment they saw each other but they came to love each other saw each other but they came to love each other they saw each other but they came to love each other the time they spent together who will save your soul if you won t save your ownI loved the other characters such as Brie s family and friends Brie s BFFs totally rocks They are friends that stay with you forever no matter what happens Jacob Brie s boyfriend who broke her heart was a character that completely surprised me I wanted to know why he broke up with her seeing how he and Brie were so lovey dovey in their relationship and when I found out what the reason was I wanted to hug him to die by your side is such a heavenly way to dieI love the characters They make me filled with so many beautiful emotions I want to hold on to OverallThe Catastrophic History of You and Me is a book that will fill you with so many beautiful emotions you want to hold on to forever The darling Patrick and the cute Brie will take you on a journey to find out what it s like when your heart literally broke in half what it means to be in denial to be angry to bargain to feel sadness and to accept death This is one my favourite 2012 debut novelsAnd I ll close my review with one chapter titleall you need is loveThank you Penguin Australia for the review copy I ll o straight to the point Despite some reviews that say this is corny and melodramatic I loved it loved absolutely every word from the very beginning up to the very last word of the Acknowledgement REVENGE MAY BE SWEET BUT BOOK DEALS ARE DEFINITELY SWEETER To me it s a beautiful and uirky two adjectives you don t see together often novel about heartbreak in all its possible meanings It s mysterious fantastical very intriguing romantic seriously funny certainly had dozens and dozens of lol moments like R to the I to the P and utterly heartbreaking the friends ritual at the beach had me choking on this huge lump in my throat IT REALLY IS UNIUELY CATASTROPHIC and IN A GOOD WAY All the elements perfectly blend in from the narrative method tone and everything else I loved that it reads like a fantasy book than anything else and that s why I completely enjoyed it I enjoyed all those pop references Friends reference for the win I sing smelly cat all too like all the time Lol and I adore the song titles for every chapter I keep uessing what a chapter is about based on the song title Sorry about this useless review if it could even be called that You re just Billionaire Country going to have to read the book to know what I mushing about here A late birthday review present to Gi do check out her review here Hope you re doing Lair of the Dragon great my dear friend 3 Catastrophic indeedI love how the titles of each chapter were lyrics from songs like the titles of the notes I writeI love the twists and turns of the storyI love how the initials of the four besties spell Brie Emma Sadie TessI love Brie s cheese nicknames I love Patrick s jacket I love the BEST s charm necklaces I LOVE JACK and HAMLOAFI love the way LOVEave everyone peace How it freed Brie Patrick Eagan family Jacob and BEST even LarkinI love how the story literally tore me apart and fixed me up againI liked the idea that the heart can literally break because of relationshipsThis is a first from Jess Rothenberg And I think that she s really someone to watch out for The writing style is impressive Every time I read a book by an author I haven t encountered yet It fascinates me because It does surprise me really Forever His Bride (The Wedding Party, goodespecially when I don t really know what to expect And I mlad I ve rea. Ggen en ze blijft als Girl Trouble geest op aarde Nu ze DW is Dood en Weg komt Brie erachter dat liefde veel ingewikkelder is dan ze ooit hadedacht In Half Moon Bay begint haar familie uit elkaar te vallen Haar beste vriend. D this one cause this is something differentsomething you would call an amazingly uniue storyFrom the coverthe conceptthe heartbreakthe romancethe humorthe dramaand particularly from the 80 s pop songs that the author used as the titles of each chapter made this book incredibly adorable and memorable This is a story of a 15 year old The Trouble with Valentines girlturning sixteen BRIEwho literally died of a broken heart when her boyfriend Jacob told her he doesn t love her But when she diedit was actually just the beginning of her journey and adventures embarking on the 5 stages ofriefI did adore this book and the charactersespecially Brie s bff s Tess Emma and SadieBut who I did love most was HAMLOAF I also love an ending where there s a shocking twists and turnsespecially when I ve discovered Jacob and Patrick s secrets BoyI didn t really see it coming And though I did like BrieI found her to be annoying because she was a bit mean and was so vengefulthat made me ive this book a 4 star rating Overallthis was an enjoyable read and I would definitely read of Jess Rothenbergand I would recommend this book to everyone Thank you so much to my friend PEARL who inspired me to read this book and who is now celebrating her birthdayPlease do check her lovely review on this onetoo HAPPYHAPPY BIRTHDAY MY DEAR PEARLY SHELL I LOVE YOU Enjoy your dayokay God bless Fifteen is altogether way too young to die Especially to die of a broken heart So when sweet funny charming Brie is cut down in the prime of her teenage years what do we et Angst A heart warming Disney movie Well perhaps not what you expect It s than either The Catastrophic History of You and Me is brimming with humour and charm and tempered with a perfect balance of heartbreak Shortly before her sixteenth birthday Brie Eagan s boyfriend tells her he doesn t love her and she dies of a broken heart No not figuratively Her heart literally breaks in two within her chest True story Well the One Night...Twin consequences (The Monticello Baby Miracles great pizza parlour in the sky NOT where she thought she d wind up And if she thought her afterlife couldn tet much weirder than sitting in a vinyl booth eating slices and drinking Sprite her tour One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic guide to the afterlife is resident Lost Soul Patrick an irritating and slightlyorgeous mind reading boy straight out of the eighties complete with cheesy jokes and Top Gun style bomber jacket Yup Dying of a broken heart Just the beginning If Brie wants to find her happily ever after life she has to tackle the five stages of The Routledge Handbook of Spanish in the Global City grief head on and leto of the life she s not uite ready to leave behindThe Catastrophic History of You and Me feels like a contemporary and I suppose it is despite its paranormal twist But we re not talking about vampires and werewolves and supernatural beings we re talking about a normal The Holy Grail girl a normal world and how on earth you come to terms with waking up dead Brie Like the Cheese I liked Brie immediately I loved her humor hero to your mom jokes when she s lost for a comeback her chatty hyper voice and her constant Disney references She s a character you d have to try hard not to like She s layered and she has her own personality her own dreams her own aspirations She has real deep attachments to the people in her life her family her dog her incredibly close and beautiful circle of best friends It s watching her lose these seeing them fall apart with her British Jihadism gone then move on and all along knowing Brie must leto that is so so heart breaking to watchThis is her story make no mistake Her navigating denial anger bargaining sadness and acceptance and shining throughout It s wonderful to see a bright vibrant character as the star of their own show Whether Brie s learning to wish wishes are just a matter of willpower in her heaven learning to zoom from her new plane to our own or plotting Virgin Widow ghostly revenge against one time loved ones Even when she s lost to her anger or making terrible terrible choices in bargaining regardless of how selfless her motivations she s an amazing character She s compellingDeeper Down The Rabbit HoleThe Catastrophic History of You and Me is a surprisingly complex story It flies effortlessly from Brie s longing for her old life to therief of her family and friends left behind to the strange mechanics of the amazing magical purgatory she finds herself in On a few occasions I caught Wife in Exchange glimpses of the amazing magic of Dead Like Me or Annie s storyline in Being Human The detail the heartbreak the intensity and the fun all rang trueThe depth of the world and the secondary characters is extraordinary Each and every person in Brie s world is real and layered and explored in surprising detail Black and white villains become flawed characters I loved and forgave along with Brie Characters one in particular I was deeply in love with were hiding secrets subtly hinted at yet so artfully concealed and unravelled my unsuspecting heart cracked open and bled at their revelation So many minute tiny details come together to create a vividly imagined world coexisting in beside and just beyond our ownVerdictSweet funny charming and just a little bit heartbreaking The Catastrophic History of You and Me sucked me in and like it s protagonist stubbornly refused to let meo I strongly recommend having a box of tissues and a cuddly furry animal on standby while you readJess Rothenberg creates a magical uirky and beautiful world Despite the many tears I shed over the course of the book it s certainly not a sad book It s brimming with hope and joy and light moments shining through the darkness It s about coming to terms with loss but also about learning to treasure the past while embracing the future About learning to let The Eternal Ice (Magic: The Gathering: Ice Age Cycle, go and live the journey Because well to the well organized mind death is but the nextreat adventure SoI ll admit it from the Night And Day geto this book started out sort of meh for me
I was not really feeling it and I sort of found the was not really feeling it and I sort of found the a bit whiny self absorbed and a little too vengeful and agressive for my taste My main complaints would be along agressive for my taste My main complaints would be along lines Don t blame the world for your problems honey dont judge and jump to conclusions and don t take your anger out on others BUT about a 3rd of my way into the book though things started to change The story Tennessee Takedown / Ravens Hollow got a hold of me Iot invested in the characters that were coming alive on the pages and the story seemed to have depth than I initiallly thought and I just wanted to keep on reading to see where this was all leading them and me since I was now fully on board with itThen towards the end at about the last 3rd or so of the book I was a lost cause The characters had shown some actual The Cowboy Takes a Bride (The Bridal Bid growth the story had unfolded itself beautifully even if on some aspects anticipated and I did not want the book to end which is a prettyood sign that a book has managed to really Michaels Discovery (The Devaneys get a hold on meItrew from a 3 to a 4 to a 5 star reading experience for me and knowing what I know now and if I were to re read it I doubt the beginning would seem like a 3 anyWithout saying too much i can say thisThis book is both sad funny sweet at points trivial at others deep with flawed characters that make mistakes but who learns and Shotgun Wedding (Silhouette Yours Truly, grows and are able to apologise and forgive who are both fighting change and embracing it and this book weaves it together beautifully and it left me not able toet it out of my mind not that I really wanted to even when the last page had been turned which is another one of those signs of a Life Changing Smiles good reading experienceSo if that sounds like the sort of book you like to read I suggest youive it a try And if you do my only advice book you like to read I suggest you Innocent Sins (Harlequin Presents, give it a try And if you do my only advice be this have patience Sometimes you have toet to know people better to understand them and sometimes you have to Only a Whisper give people including yourself time to evolve and struggle with things before they can be resolved A book well written well plotted and well told and I m surely coming back to read of Rothenbergs workSo let me just end by saying thi. In verbergt eeneheim over Jacob en de waarheid achter zijn verraad En dan is er Patrick Brie's mysterieuze nieuwe Copper Lake Secrets gids en collega Verloren Ziel die misschien wel de sleutel tot haar eeuwigeeluk in handen heef. .
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Confession time I was pretty sure I would love this book even before it showed up in my mailbox I loved the title I liked the cover and the description sounded really interesting What I didn t know however was that I wasn t just signing up for a fun read I was signing up for heartbreak and some really huge eye opening lessons Don t Brooklyn's Song get me wrong The Catastrophic History of You and Me is often laugh out loud funny but that s not nearly all it is Brie Eagan s life was perfect she had areat family her three best friends and the most wonderful boyfriend a irl could wish for At least that s what she thought But days before her sweet sixteen her boyfriend Jacob uttered four horrible words that killed Brie on the spot I don t love you It would seem that a young and perfectly healthy person really can die of a broken heart It didn t matter that Brie s father is a famous cardiologist It didn t matter that she had so many other things to be happy about The shock and the hurt of Jacob s words were too much for Brie s heart to handle At the beginning of our story Brie opens her eyes to discover that she s indeed dead and currently existing in her own version of afterlife which just happens to be her family s favorite pizza place Her company is even surprising especially the boy dressed exactly like Tom Cruise in Top Gun His name is Patrick and he immediately jumps at the chance to be Brie s uide through afterlife or at least this part of it He is kind thoughtful and the closest thing to an angel Brie is likely to meet As the two of them Plain Jane The Hotshot go back to observe the aftermath of her death Brie is forced to accept that her life wasn t nearly as perfect as she thought it was and slowly fight her way through five stages ofrief Here s just a small taste of denial This is all just a bad dream I told myself I m totally in bed totally safe totally snuggled Hamloaf s next to me Jack s down the hall Everything is okayBut still why the crazy nightmare I must have eaten something funky Or maybe I have a history test coming up Or I d forgotten to flossIn my experience books that strike me the most are the ones that successfully mix humor and tragedy One of the recent stellar examples is Looking for Alaska Jess Rothenberg does this extraordinarily well She knows when to lighten the mood with a joke and when to stop with the humor entirely She knows exactly how much tragedy her reader can take and when it s time to water it down with one of Patrick s nicknames for Brie or something similar It is a valuable skill and one that pretty much Family of Her Dreams guarantees that I ll read her next novel and the one after thatHere s another thing I should mention one I m pretty sure some of my friends will appreciate I won t be naming names though Seeing as Patrick had died in the 80s and he s dressed according to the fashion of 1983 or so every chapter is titled after a song a huge part of them from the 80s and there is a four page long playlist at the end of the book I played most of them while reading this book and felt like a lost time traveler most of the time but in a veryood way An advanced copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher PuffinRazorbill UK for review purposesFor this review and please visit The Nocturnal Library The trouble is sometimes words are like arrows Once you shoot them there s no Blackmailed Into the Italians Bed going back I love books that make me feel than one emotion I love it when my chest feels tight and achey for a moment and then itets all sweet and Girls Night Out giggly when I want to cry and smile at the same time when I feel like I can tet enough from the story and I would like to keep reading about the characters until the end of timeThis Bound To Ransom (Bound Series Book 2) goes for this story thisoes for Brie and Patrick for a heart which continues to beat even though it has been broken in twoThe story is really heartwarming from the very beginning Brie s heart breaks literally and figuratively and now in the afterlife she needs to find a way to let Into the Wild (The McGraws, go to move on to the other side She finds herself in a tasty version of Heaven her favorite pizza place where she used too with her family and it is not her Heaven alone There are kids like herself in there but there is only one that Orbital Velocity (Stony Man, gets her full attention one that might have the power to make her feel alive again don t be anxious I llet to that in just a moment What I liked about this story is the fact that it was not as predictable as I thought it would beThere were some twists that I didn t see coming and they really ot to change the course of things
I Will Leave Towill leave to the pleasure to find all about them still I will say a few words about some of the charactersBrieIt was easy to care for her lost alone wanting her life back angry with the whole damn universe but having a big heart oh well broken but still big and full of emotions You can easily relate to her pain and struggle and even though she is a bit of a brat at times you et to care for her with every pageThere are these steps a dead person Navy Wife (Navy goes through in order to move on and I could see her change from one stage to the other and important I could understand whyIt was hard for her not to be with the people she loved but it was even harder for her to witness how all their lives have changed after her deathSomehow everything seemed too terribly wrong and she would have iven everything to make them right again If at the beginning all she wanted was to find out why and it was all about finding the missing pieces from this puzzle called life without Brie at the end she just needed to find out how to back Together Those Broken Pieces Turns those broken pieces Turns hell s not so a burning scalding pit of fire and misery It s actually much much worse than that Hell is when the people you love the most reach right into your soul and rip it out of you And they do it because they can PatrickDressed like someone from the 80s and apparently having nothing better to do than to annoy Brie Patrick is the one that will help her find her way the one that will ive her advices when she needs one the one to hold her in his arms when she feels broken and lonely than ever he is the one to cheer her up yeah you are right he could be the one But things are complicated catastrophic at times and if they are not Brie will take care of thatThere are some things I really liked about his relation with Brie the way he tried to help her even when she didn t want him to the cheese y nicknames he picked the way he called her Angel and how much affection he put into that simple word Also the fights they had were amazingly cute and they made me laugh on so many times Brie s friendsWhen Brie was alive she had 3 best friends and a lovely boyfriend You would think that she has lost them the moment she died but the truth is that she will lose them all over again in her after life There are things that come back to her to haunt her there are secrets that could have changed everything and there are things that are not what you think they are You can obsess and obsess over how things ended what you did wrong or could have done differently but there s not much of a point It s not like it ll change anything So really why worry I also loved all the musical references because they Saving All My Lovin got straight to my heartMaybe it is because these are some of the songs I used to listen to in high school so I felt somehow closer to the character this way take for example It must have been love I so remember singing away my pain the first time my heart broke from too much loving and too little being loved I hope you ll enjoy them all as wellNow there were some things that bugged me that s why the 4stars rating but they won t make sense for you if you haven t read the book so please skip them as they are a bit spoilery too The interaction with the real world view spoiler not only moving some things and opening windows but also hiding objects Now really hide spoiler My heart didn t fail someone Sterven aan eenebroken hart is nog maar het begin Welkom in de eeuwigheidAls Brie wordt edumpt door Jacob betekent dat het einde van haar wereld Letterlijk Alleen is Brie nog niet klaar om onder de zoden te li.