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Published by Simon Pulse on January 12, 2016
Genres: Dating & Sex, Drugs & Alcohol Abuse, Social & Family Issues, Young Adult
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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.
Other Broken Things kept me up till 2 a.m. and I’m not sad about that at all. This is the type of YA book I love. Smart and with a well defined sense of self, it wasn’t trying to hard to be edgy or cool. The world built was strong and the pacing was spot on. What made this a standout was the characters. Nat is perfection as a broken doll trying to repair herself and Joe is a reluctant hero. The supporting cast was strong, minus the parents who were just there. The two drunken best friends and the hook-up boyfriend add some nice comic relief, especially a scene in Red Lobster where the two drunk girls were stealing biscuits. I was surprised that the age difference between Nat and Joe did not squick me out. The way their relationship built so naturally made sense and by the end I was rooting for them to persevere. A book about a teen alcoholic forming a relationship with a man in his thirties is not a feel good light romp. I went into Other Broken Things knowing that. I also knew that if not done well, the story would be distasteful or ridiculous. I put the book down with a feeling of satisfaction as it was so well done. I have found that it is a rare author who can properly balance an addiction story and a love story and C. Desir is one that can.
Favorite lines – His cheeks are wet with tears now. Not the sobbing kind, the silent ones that remind you of who you are and what you’ve lost. I woke up with so many of those kinds of tears when I was in rehab.
Biggest cliché – It’s a YA, so the obligatory detached, clueless parent.
Have you read Other Broken Things, or added it to your TBR?