Other Broken Things
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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 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.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 250 pages
  • 148 x 217 x 22mm | 91g
  • Simon Pulse
  • United States
  • English
  • 1481437399
  • 9781481437394
  • 1,782,904

Review quote

In Desir s latest, Natalie s a fresh-out-of-rehab high-school senior beginning the 12-step program. Brash, unrepentant, and far from kind to herself, Nat strikes up an unlikely friendship and possibly something more with 38-year-old Joe, from her local AA group. Her journey toward recovery brims with bumps and potholes: old friends who haven t dropped their drinking habits, parents who fail to offer the support system she needs, and the truth about what happened that fateful night that she doesn t want to face. Though Nat s relationship with her father could have used a bit more development, there is much to recommend here. The frank, sometimes profanity-laced prose suits the subject matter and will engage reluctant readers. Nat s penchant for self-destructive behaviors, including her pursuit of Joe, only augments a reader s sympathy and curiosity for what motivates her. In Nat a female counterpart to Sutter Keeley of Tim Tharp s The Spectacular Now (2008) Desir crafts a portrait of a teenage alcoholic that is honest and unsparing.--Booklist "November 15, 2015 ""show more

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367 ratings
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4 37% (136)
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