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The Catastrophic History of You and Me

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BRIE is the "biggest, cheesiest, sappiest romantic," and she believes that everyone will find their perfect someone. So when Jacob, the love of Brie's life, tells her he doesn't love her anymore, the news breaks her heart, literally, and she dies.

But now that she's D&G (dead and gone), Brie revisits the living world to discover that her family has begun to unravel and her best friend has been keeping an intimate secret about her boyfriend. Somehow, Brie must handle all of this while navigating through the five stages of grief with the help of Patrick, her mysterious guide to the afterlife. But how is she supposed to face the Ever After with a broken heart and no one to call her own?

"The funniest, sweetest, most heartfelt, sigh-worthy and oh-so-romantic story I've ever read. You'll love it!"

—Cynthia Leitich Smith, New York Times bestselling author of Tantalize and Eternal

"Imaginative and intriguing."

—School Library Journal

Hi, I'm Jess!

And I wrote The Catastrophic History of You and Me. I grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, where I fell in love with sailboats, southern cooking and starry nights—and to this day feel most at home near the ocean.

I graduated from Vassar College and spent most of my twenties editing books for teens and middle grade readers at Razorbill. I live in Brooklyn, New York with my husband, son, and a very bad cat named Charlie.

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