The best way to describe this book would have to be bittersweet. I am so glad that I picked this book up and decided to buy it. To start off the review, the only negative that I found in this book was that the way she died seemed too unrealistic, but the whole idea was supposed to be unrealistic in the first place, so I can’t really blame the author for that :) Also, the idea was kind of hard to get into for me. Now onto the good stuff....
The writing style was amazing. I literally couldn’t put this book down. The chapters follow Brie (like the cheese) through all six stages of coming to terms with the fact that she- well, died. She was a really awesome main character throughout the story and you got to really come to fully understand her. One of the emotions she experienced after her death, anger, ended up making her more than a little vengeful towards others, especially the boy who broke her heart (literally). You do get to understand why she acts the way she does and I did end up identifying with a lot of her emotions.
Also, I really liked the chapter names. The names were lyrics/titles of older songs that related to each chapter( a lot of them involved love and reminded me of songs I haven’t heard in a while :D). The titles ranged from lyrics from Kelly Clarkson songs to The Beatles songs to Aretha Franklin songs. It was a really awesome and original idea.
Like always, there is a guy. And he is totally amazing. The guy, Patrick, helps guide Brie through her stages of grief and tries to help her move on. He teaches all the cool things she can do now, like go to any place in the world by just thinking about it. He tries to really get Brie to trust him; and is so amazing towards her. However, he’s hiding something from Brie throughout the story, although she can’t figure out what it is.
Lastly, the ending was incredible. I thought I had the book figured out and knew how it was going to end and everything. I was so wrong. This book threw in a twist that I never ever would have expected to happen. The author, Jess Rothenburg, is seriously talented. The ending was super good and made me really happy. I definitely would recommend reading this! It is an amazing book :) I’d give it 4 out of 5 stars.
Dying of a broken heart is just the beginning.... Welcome to forever.
BRIE'S LIFE ENDS AT SIXTEEN: Her boyfriend tells her he doesn't love her, and the news breaks her heart—literally.
But now that she's D&G (dead and gone), Brie is about to discover that love is way more complicated than she ever imagined. Back in Half Moon Bay, her family has begun to unravel. Her best friend has been keeping a secret about Jacob, the boy she loved and lost—and the truth behind his shattering betrayal. And then there's Patrick, Brie's mysterious new guide and resident Lost Soul . . . who just might hold the key to her forever after.
With Patrick's help, Brie will have to pass through the five stages of grief before she's ready to move on. But how do you begin again, when your heart is still in pieces?
“There’s no such thing as too much Disney.”
“When you're in love, the world is brighter. Sunnier. The air smells flowerier, and your hair is silkier, and suddenly you find yourself smiling at babies and strangers and old couples walking down the beach holding hands.”
“News flash, Bozo. Don't ever tell a girl to relax. It only makes us madder.”