THE CATASTROPHIC HISTORY OF YOU AND ME
This debut is a fast, twisty, highly dramatic read about the turbulent nature of love. Where it falls short is in its lack of rules: what the deceased can and cannot do is never spelled out. Sometimes Brie forgets her previous life; other times it’s all she thinks about. Without this groundwork — and a little too neat of an ending — the story feels a bit uneven.
Brie (yes, like the cheese) dies of a literal broken heart after the love of her life, Jacob, says he doesn’t love her. Now trapped in an afterlife where all she can do is dwell on what went wrong, Brie meets her unofficial guide, Patrick, who promises to help her get revenge on those who’ve wronged her. But there’s more to the afterlife than Brie can imagine — lost souls, contact with the living and a strong connection to Patrick. Spying on her past life isn’t helping as everyone she loved seems to be harboring secrets of their own. (DIAL, Feb., 400 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780803737204, HC, 12 & Up)