I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Other Broken Things by C. Desir
Published by Simon and Schuster on January 12th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Social Issues, Emotions & Feelings, Dating & Sex
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From the author of Bleed Like Me, which Booklist called “edgy, dark, and turbulent with passion” comes another compelling and gritty novel about addiction and forbidden romance—starring a fearless, unforgettable heroine.
Natalie’s not an alcoholic. She doesn’t have a problem. Everybody parties, everybody does stupid things, like getting in their car when they can barely see. Still, with six months of court-ordered AA meetings required, her days of vodka-filled water bottles are over.
Unfortunately, her old friends want the party girl or nothing. Even her up-for-anything ex seems more interested in rehashing the past than actually helping Nat.
But then a recovering alcoholic named Joe inserts himself into Nat’s life, and things start looking up. Joe is funny, he’s smart, and he calls her out in a way no one ever has.
He’s also older. A lot older.
Nat’s connection to Joe is overwhelming, but so are her attempts to fit back into her old world, all while battling the constant urge to crack a bottle and blur that one thing she’s been desperate to forget.
Now, in order to make a different kind of life, Nat must pull together her broken parts and learn to fight for herself.
This is my first book to read by Desir, and I loved it! It’s dark, gritty, emotional, and true.
Desir doesn’t sugar coat anything. You get it all whether it’s pretty or not. And I absolutely love that. We don’t get a girl who is completely perfect with small struggles. We get a girl who is trying to cope with addiction. Natalie gets ignored by her friends when she doesn’t want to party anymore, and there may even be some relapses. She finds unlikely friends to help support her through her journey to sobriety.
Desir also has no problem with sex topics. She shows Natalie’s experiences and doesn’t make it all rainbows and sunshine. Sometimes sex is just that, sex. And it’s not always because someone is loved or what have you. The person is there and it’s convenient.
Natalie is also trying to deal with her own situation, and with her parents. Her dad is pretty much a prick. And I can’t stand him. But her mom, is pretty great, even though Natalie doesn’t always see that.
I think Other Broken Things is great at showing the struggles of addiction, and finding your place when it seems like everyone you thought cared about you leaves.