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 Brie 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?
About the Author
Jess Rothenberg (www.jessrothenberg.com) lives in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BA from Vassar College and is pursuing her MFA in Children's and Young Adult Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She recently gave up her job as a children's book editor to write full time. This is her first book.
Praise for The Catastrophic History of You And Me…
"Inventive, gorgeous, funny and yes...heartbreaking. You will absolutely love this book."
-Lauren Oliver, author of Before I Fall
"Weaving significant contemporary issues into a romance flecked with humor, Rothenberg blends genres in a fresh and heartwrenching way. With echoes of Thornton Wilder's Our Town and Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall (2010), this is an emotional and thoughtful first novel with a twist."
"carries readers to a complex afterlife full of surprises and challenges. In her debut novel, Rothenberg supplies readers with an imaginative and intriguing vision of what might happen after death."
-School Library Journal
"Peppered with slang and pop culture references, Brie's voice is utterly adolescent, and her lively, flirtatious banter with Patrick...rivals that of any blockbuster rom-com."
"This author has created a complex and intriguing story built around the afterlife. This is a good choice for fans of Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin or teens looking to get lost in a longer book."