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Other Broken Things

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From the author of Bleed Like Me, which Booklist called “edgy, dark, and turbulent with passion” comes a “gritty, honest portrayal of the road to recovery” (VOYA) 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 stay sober.

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 open bottle and erase 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.

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2 reviews

Overall rating 
 
4.8
Story held my interest 
 
4.8  (2)
Writing style 
 
4.8  (2)
Characters 
 
4.8  (2)
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Discuss the setting and the role it played. Describe when and where the story takes place.
Who are the main characters? What problems or conflicts does each character face in the book? Briefly describe each character.
What are the good points of this book? What did the author do well? Tell why you liked the book.
What, if any, were the bad points in the book? What did you feel the author did poorly? Tell why you didn't like the book.
This is where you give a brief summary of the book. Tell about at least two events that took place in the story. Don't give away the ending but give a 20 second synopsis that describes the story.
Without giving away the ending tell whether or not the ending was satisfying. Did the end fit the story?
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Story held my interest 
 
5.0
Writing style 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0

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Setting
This book takes place in modern times, in a big city in illinois. This is where she took boxing, met her friends who are also alcoholics, this place is where she goes to her AA meetings. This place is where she grew up and started her life, and it’s also the place where she was slowly ruining it.
Characters
Desir did a great job presenting Natalie and Joe, them two set the story. Joe would be considered the stronger in the friendship but when you see how much Natalie went through and how much she overcame, you start to think twice about who is stronger. Desir makes Natalie fall crazy in love with Joe because she needed to emphasize how addicted she gets to things when not even trying. Desir also made Joe interact with her in a way where they grew really close together, they really needed each other both because of the bonding.
Good Points
The good points that I liked in this novel is when Desir introduced the abuse with her parents, the way she showed how caring her mother was but very scared of speaking out and standing up for her and her daughter. Desir also gave us a perception of how verbally abusive her father was towards her. Desir did an amazing job at putting all these struggles form well with each other.
Bad Points
There is almost nothing I did not like about the book, it was a fascinating read, kept the readers wanting to keep reading. The only thing I didn’t like was the way she didn’t involve a little back story with her ex, But everything else was amazingly done.
Plot Summary
Other Broken Things by Desir, is about a girl named Natalie who happens to be an alcoholic. Natalie struggles through her addiction of not only alcohol but her addiction to everything else she does in place of it. She deals with a lot of hard things which very to, a silent mother who doesn’t stand up for her, a verbally abusive father, a way older guy she falls in love, an ex that won’t leave her alone and all wrapped around alcohol. She goes to AA meetings where she meets a recovering alcoholic named Joe, who is twice as old as Natalie, at first she doesn’t think anything of him but later falls deeply in love with him. He keeps it just as friends, but natalie wants more. This leads to bigger trouble than what she was intending.
Ending
The ending did not satisfy me, Desir did an amazing job with the book. It was phenomenal, I just wish that Joe could have done things differently. Natalie deserved so much than what she got. But Natalie overcomes anything.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
R
Sexual Content
R
Violence
PG
Drug and Alcohol Use
R
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Story held my interest 
 
4.5
Writing style 
 
4.5
Characters 
 
4.5

User Review

Setting
Other Broken Things is based in Natalie’s hometown, it has several different settings, from Natalie’s mansion of a house, to Joe’s quaint little trailer home. It is also based at the old, run down and sketchy building where the AA meetings take place, as well as the homeless shelter, which is small and crowded but somewhat homey, Natalie begins her service hours here and learns the beauty of helping others. The setting played a big role in bringing to life the realness of then story.
Characters
The main characters include Natalie and Joe, they both face their growing relationship and their struggle in dealing with their alcoholism. Natalie is a spunky teen, who has the tendency to make impulsive and stubborn decisions, while Joe is an older, more experienced and wiser guy, who can be stubborn as well.
Good Points
C. Desir had great points in the novel, from the attitude of Natalie, to the first time she met Joe and the beginning of her path to being alcohol free, Other Broken Things is a novel that was written with many many beautiful moments. C. Desir did a wonderful job and there’s hardly any complaints to make about this novel. I liked the book because I could relate to certain aspects of Natalie’s life, certainly not the alcohol but the way she feels and goes about her life is the same way I used to be and sometimes I revert back to being this way. C. Desir had me on the edge of my seat throughout the whole book, I read it in two days, I couldn’t put it down, it felt like I was listening to a real-life experience, instead of a piece of fiction.
Bad Points
I didn't have really have any moments where I didn't like the story, it was great and although as one point it kind of dragged but that was all and it was very brief.
Plot Summary
Natalie is finally out of rehab but is forced to go to AA meetings. Believing she isn’t an alcoholic and never was, Natalie scoffs at the ways of her local AA and only cares about getting her signature to prove she was there. On her first day, Natalie meets many different people, but there was one who stood out the most, Joe, an older yet attractive ex-alcoholic. Suddenly intrigued by him, Natalie begins a friendship with him, in which she soon gives in and begins participating with the AAA. As Joe and Natalie become closer and closer, things begin getting heated between the two, which leads into a bucket of trouble.
Ending
The ending of Other Broken Things was satisfying, the way C. Desir ended the story was fantastic. I am pleased with it but I am also frustrated with the way she chose to end it. It’s one of those endings where I’m pleased with it but I still wanted, and was hoping for, a different, more satisfying conclusion. The ending does tie into the book as a whole, it all brings it together in one final decision. I got out of this novel a life lesson, I learned that making yourself happy and going for your dreams is such an important part of life, learn who your real friends are and be surrounded by healthy relationships. C. Desir purpose for this novel was to put into words the challenge a recovering alcoholic must go through, especially a teenage one, she also had the purpose of showing how much some teenagers struggle, to give a perspective on the challenges that arise for some teens, especially when suddenly thrown into an adult world.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG-13
Sexual Content
R
Violence
G
Drug and Alcohol Use
R
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