This book is very different from your typical young adult novel. Why? Because it doesn’t really fit into a category. It’s written like a contemporary (lots of laugh-out-loud funny bits), but the idea is darker because well, the main character is dead. So it’s sort of like a light hearted paranormal, which is very different from what you usually see in the YA market. It’s sort of like a Tera Lynn Childs book, but deathy-er.
And I applaud Jess Rothenberg for that. I think she’s sort of paving the way for other books of this sort. I mean she’s made something dark and confusing like death (which she portrays in a very interesting manner), into a story more happy go lucky, which I think will appeal to lots of teens.
The story is told from Brie’s point of view and Brie sort of has this slightly dramatic, sarcastic voice which can get really funny. (there were some parts when I was laughing out loud) She’s also a very authentic character minus the dead part. 😉
I don’t often like paranormal, but this is one that I really enjoyed. The strong voice, interesting plot line, original portrayal of death, and the laugh-out-loud funny bits kept me entertained and eager for more Jess Rothenberg. The Catastrophic History of You and Me is definitely a book that will appeal to many modern day teenagers.
A round of applause to debut author, Jess Rothenberg for a fabulous first novel!
— Meredith, age 14
About the Book:
Title: The Catastrophic History of You & Me
Author: Jess Rothenberg
Release Date: 02/2012