Genre: Paranormal, Young-Adult
Pages: 277 pages, Ebook
Published: February 21st, 2012 by Penguin Young Readers Group
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“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?”
The story starts with Brie as her life ends at sixteen as her boyfriend tells her he doesn’t love her, and the news breaks her heart—literally. But now that she’s dead and gone, Brie is about to discover that love is way more complicated than she ever imagined.
She finds herself in a “tasty” version of Heaven after her death, her favourite pizza place where she liked to visit with her family. She discovers that she is not alone but there is only one person who gets her full attention and that person is Patrick. He introduces Brie to her new life and she comes to know she has to pass five stages before she can reach the acceptance stage and finally move on. But these stages are not at all easy to pass.
Brie was a normal girl who had three best friends and a boyfriend. She lost all of them when she died but she didn’t know that she was going to lose them all over again in her after-life. It was hard for her to move on, and definitely hard to witness how everything changed without her in the actual world, her family breaking apart and the secrets hidden by her best friends.
This story is emotionally overdriven. I felt all the emotions that Brie was going through as she passed through the stages- surprise, anger, hopelessness, depression and regret.
Patrick was a darling (even his surname was darling!). He was always there, ready to help her, even if it annoyed her sometimes, even their fights were cute. He was adorable, charming and awesome. He dressed like the 80s with leather brown jacket, and rode motorcycle.
This story was overwhelming from the very beginning. I loved Brie although she sometimes acted like a brat, but one can’t help but relate to her pain and struggle. I loved how the initials of the four best friend denoted the names of the four girls- B for Brie, E for Emma, S for Sadie and T for Tess. I even loved Hamloaf (the dog) so much. One of the most amazing thing was the musical reference for each chapter that was used by the author.
The plot was unpredictable and the twists were really, really good.
SPOILER (READ AT YOUR OWN RISK)
Brie always used to have this strange dream about a bike accident and when I actually understood the whole thing, that it was related to Patrick, my mouth was left hanging open. But the joy, I felt, oh God, when I learnt that Brie was actually the reincarnation of Lily, Patrick’s girlfriend, way long back, and all this time Patrick was waiting for her. I was so happy for both of them, at last they got back each other.
The sacrifice they made for each other at the end made me all teary. The only setback was that some things remained unexplained about the reincarnation thing. Otherwise, this story is beautifully different than any other thing I have ever read.
Lastly, The 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.