Me and the Cute Catastrophe

By (author)Jessie Gussman


In “Me and the Cute Catastrophe” by Jessie, Claire Harding thought she had her life figured out until her former crush and all-star neighbor, Trey Haywood, becomes the assistant basketball coach, complicating things in more ways than one. With humor, romance, and a little chaos, this small town romantic comedy will have you laughing out loud and eagerly turning the pages.


Claire Harding

I live in Idaho. (Yes, potatoes. *eye roll* Can we talk about something else?) And I love it here. Small town values galore and it’s right where I want to raise my girls after my jerk ex traded me in for a “younger, newer model” (his words, not mine).

My mom’s the volunteer fire chief in our town and I’m pretty happy hanging out with the auxiliary at the fire hall and doing her grunt work – NOT fighting fires, because, please, I read, love science and my idea of a lot of exercise is having to walk up the stairs twice in the morning before I send my girls off to school and leave for my job as a home nurse.

I guess it’s kind of weird that I also coach basketball. Long story.

I was pretty happy with my life until the hot shot, all-state baller from my teen years moved back in next door. (I babysat him, yes, but I never changed his diapers. Just wanted to be clear about that.)

Guess who’s now the assistant b-ball coach?

Logic would say me – especially since I coached my entire first year holding the play book upside down (it turned out to be an old football playbook from the ‘80s, so it’s not like it mattered which way I held it) but the accurate answer is Trey Haywood, my all-star neighbor, and I’m honestly not sure which of us is more upset about it.

Anyway, the team was trying to set us up (girls, they’re such romantics) and I don’t think they would have succeeded, but in celebration of breaking our 37 game losing streak, they locked Trey and me in the septic system control room.

That changed everything. Not in a good way.


Yeah. What she said.

And…when I first saw her again, I thought she was a catastrophe.

New thought post septic control: she’s a cute catastrophe. (And, holy man, can she kiss.)

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Reviews for Me and the Cute Catastrophe:

★★★★★ “This is a giggle, snort,snort, laugh out loud kind of book, but there is an underlying message about growing up, letting go of some insecurities, seeing life with all its warts but loving anyway. Oh and the kiss scene is the best.” – Wren

★★★★★ “This is a little different than Jessie’s other books, but I LOVED it! Trey and Claire were truly fun to read about. You won’t be disappointed!” – Ashton01

★★★★★ “It’s beautifully written, the characters are true to real, and true to life. It’s funny, and loving, and exciting, just like a Rom-Com should be. Although it doesn’t have any sex in it, you can still feel the attraction and desire building.” – Ken

★★★★★ “This book starts out funny from the very beginning and pulls you right in! I’m actually not a fan of funny books, (just to be clear, I do like a little humor) but this had me hooked right off!” – Kindle Customer

★★★★★ “I admit to being a skimmer. But the way this author writes, I had to stop that behavior and read every word so I wouldn’t miss out on a laugh or grin or smirk. She was just throwing those sentences out there and I couldn’t skim or I would miss them. Thank you so much Jessie for a really enjoyable read.” – Shirley

Books in the Sweet, Small Town Romantic Comedy in Good Grief, Idaho series:

  1. Me and the Cute Catastrophe
  2. Me and the Tidy Tornado
  3. Me and the Helpful Hurricane
  4. Me and the Sweet Snowstorm
  5. Me and the Dreamy Doomsday