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The Catastrophic History of You and Me - Jess Rothenberg This was one of my most wanted upcoming reads. I thought the story sounded beautiful and maybe a little mysterious. It was everything I wanted and nothing like I expected all at the same time. The story mostly shifts between present day Earth and a sort of inbetween, heaven-like place. I really liked Brie as the narrartor. She was angry and immature a lot of the time, but given her circumstances, that makes the story stronger. Regardless of how mean or childish she is behaving, she finds a friend in Patrick. Long time resident of the strange inbetween. Patrick was the best kind of male lead, because he was sweet and caring, but he didn't always bend to Brie and he even cracked jokes on her from time to time. I love the world Jess Rothenberg created for these characters. The slice of heaven that is a lot like home, but not quite, and with a lot of practice they can make it whatever they want it to be. It was fun to learn, with Brie, about what her new existence can really be. They had such great banter and were so much fun to read. I also enjoyed spying on her friends and family with her, and it definitely added an extra sense of longing to the story. She could watch and want to do or say things, but she couldn't really get involved and being helpless is a hard pill to swallow. I like stories that are set in the after of life, exploring various different possibilities of what it might be like, and how the here and there collide. This book was full of so much. There was love, sadness, heartbreak, betrayal and hope. All of them woven together so well, to tell Brie's amazing story and let you live in her world for just a little while. This is a world you will want to visit the first chance you get!http://sarahliveslovesreads.blogspot.com