Other Broken Things
By C. Desir
Published January 12th 2016 by Simon Pulse
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.
Like all of Desir’s books, Other Broken Things touches on some really sensitive topics. In this book, she’s tackling alcoholism and addiction.
Natalie was a boxer, until her parents told her that she couldn’t because that’s not what women of their social status do. She went from fighting in the ring to drinking. She didn’t realize that she had a problem. All of her friends did it, so why was it a problem for her? When she gets her DUI, she’s sentenced to go to AA meetings for six months. Nat doesn’t think she needs these meetings. She doesn’t have a problem. Does she?
At AA, Nat meets Joe. A WAY older man who helps her through her addiction. This was the only problematic thing I had with this book. The age gap was too big for my comfort and I was extremely uncomfortable reading their sexy scene.
But, you see Nat learn to live with her addiction. You see her slip up like people in recovery do. Other Broken Things is yet another YA book that can help younger and even older readers go through what they’re going through. I feel like this book could really save someone’s life when it comes to drinking.