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Other Broken Things

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  677 ratings  ·  142 reviews
Nat's not an alcoholic. She doesn't have a problem. Everybody parties, everybody does stupid things, like get 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
256 pages
Published January 12th 2016 by Simon Pulse
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Adriana Zdonczyk He's 38 and Natalie is 17. I absolutely adore this book and definitely recommend reading it; It is one of my favorite books and I fell in love with ev…moreHe's 38 and Natalie is 17. I absolutely adore this book and definitely recommend reading it; It is one of my favorite books and I fell in love with everything about it. I will warn you, there is some mature content in it. Good luck!(less)

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Full Review on my blog!

Not the type of book I would usually read, but it was a good, I actually enjoyed it. As you probably read from the book description, Other Broken Things is about teenaged alcoholism. I felt like the author did a great job at describing alcoholism and how addiction is a disease. The writing was good and the characters were written well.

Natalie was a boxer, and when her parents got her to stop boxing, she filled a hole inside of herself with alcohol. She befriends some other
Kim at Divergent Gryffindor
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rating-4-stars
Honest, dark and gritty, this book is written in Christa Desir's signature style. I was iffy about reading this one at first because I didn't enjoy Fault Line, but I'm glad that I requested it anyway because this book is amazing! Admittedly, at first I didn't think that it was going to be an amazing book for me, but as I read on, I felt more and more connected to the main character and I had this desire to really know her and her story, and I was not disappointed.

To be honest I don't know what

I have never DNFed something so fast.

Contrary to the blurb, Natalie is an alcoholic. She has recently gotten a DUI and is ordered to attend mandated AA sessions. There, she meets a lovely crew, featuring a lady named Kathy and another drunk loser, Joe. The blurb makes Joe seem like a funny, polite, Bradley Cooper-esque charmster, but he couldn't be less. Looks-wise, he's decent. Otherwise, his personality is garbage.

(...) "Dry drunk?"
"Huh? What's that?"
"You know...the people working the pr
Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
Natalie is a seventeen year old recovering alcoholic. At first, it isn't willingly - more like court ordered. As she deals with her parents, old still partying friends and ex and all her requirements for court, she meets Joe in AA.  He becomes someone she depends and leans on. And there is a connection there. He just happens to be more than twice her age. Will she be able to pull herself together against the odds?

If you know anything about me you know I love a good cover. So yes, I am gu
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Because everyone needs help. Everyone needs someone to care about their stories."

What a tough but wonderful story. This one is gritty and real, a 17 year old with a DUI and a very serious drinking problem. She starts AA meetings only because it's mandated. Will she ever think she as a problem?

I love that Natalie is kind of unlikable. At least for quite a while, she isn't a very nice person. As you slowly get a panoramic of her life, you see that she's pretty crappy to everyone in her life. But
Oct 09, 2015 added it
There is so much heart in this book -- and so much development from the author. This book reminded me of Rachel Cohn's Gingerbread in a way, though they don't share any similarities I can think of. It's Natalie's voice and character which remind me.

Natalie was a boxer, and when her parents got her to stop boxing, she filled a hole inside of herself with alchohol. She befriends some other partiers and slips into a hole of drinking to fill up the anger inside of her. Some bad stuff happens, and he
Feb 01, 2016 rated it liked it
other broken things by desir is much like her two previous books, things are stark real and dark.... but the takeaway in this one is that not all that has to be dramatic. the reality in this is that things happen, good bad painful and even mundane... all things take place in blink of an eye and it's how the character choose to respond to that which they can control. and that is but little. the ending in this is open, the people in this are flawed and working through what they can to be less so. ...more
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
From the outside, Nat seems to benefit from her privilege; she got drunk, got in a wreck, her dad paid for a lawyer, and she got some court ordered rehab and AA meetings. As you dive deeper into the story, you see that Nat is a person who struggles under the weight of two unhappy parents, she is a person who gave up something she truly loves to do because of “appearances”, and a person who keeps a secret burden that she can’t , or won’t, release. Other Broken Things felt very immersive. Nat’s na ...more
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I feel like a weight has been lifted from me because, it too, was really well done. I mean, it was a pretty tough fucking read. Natalie goes through some SHIT man. But it was also enlightening and I have a lot of feelings about how she figured her shit out because it wasn't pretty, it was actually pretty messy. But isn't that how life is? And I just want to say that it really rocks when authors don't try to make lif
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
Sep 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
HA, I FINALLY FINISHED IT. The read dates are a lie; I actually started this in mid-January but only added as a book I was reading on February 6th. It wasn't particularly interesting and clearly didn't have me dying to read it, but at the same time, I don't regret reading it. Other Broken Things is just unremarkable. Also very short. ...more
Oct 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
Really sad and disappointed I didn't enjoy this. It sounded like such a powerful novel when I first heard about OTHER BROKEN THINGS but when I finished reading it, I was really disappointed. ...more
Sep 27, 2015 rated it liked it
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Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Addicts, particularly alcoholics, should be interesting to read; typically characterized by their manipulation and willingness to do anything for a drink, there's a multitude of opportunity to both empathize with and want to distance yourself from them.

Natalie is none of those things and doesn't elicit emotion from the reader in the slightest. She's a selfish, spoiled rich girl used to getting her way, and that doesn't change over the course of this story. I get that teenagers can go through reb
Jenny Moyer
Powerful. Gripping. Honest.
Desir tells this story of addiction and coming to terms with who you are and who you want to be--as only she can. Compelling and visceral, OTHER BROKEN THINGS pulled me in from the start, and didn't let me go until I put the book down. Actually, it still hasn't let me go--and I think that's the point. I love her honest, messed up, beautiful characters. This book is gritty. It's needed. At its core, OTHER BROKEN THINGS is a story of love. Not just romantic love, or even
Oct 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Not to be Judgey McJudgerson, but why are we acting like there was ever a chance of a viable relationship between a (view spoiler)? Especially a relationship between a (view spoiler)?! Even at the end when (view spoiler), it felt sleazy and trite. I loved Christa Desir's other books, but I was disappointed in ...more
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Let's just say my expectations for this one weren't met. This is a very character driven book and I didn't feel very much for the characters and I wasn't really connected to them. Their relationships and interactions were all very odd and weird for me and I wasn't really clicking with the story as a whole. The ending was a whole mix of different things coming together at once and a lot of things happened all at once. I was really looking forward to this one, especially after reading some stellar ...more
Disability in Kidlit
"I appreciate that Natalie is from a traditionally “good” home, because in my opinion, it’s important that teens realize that addiction and alcoholism don’t care who you are, how much money you do or don’t have, if your parents are still together, or if you’re in high school or college or a successful business person. Addiction doesn’t just strike the poor and unfortunate, which is a dangerous myth many believe."

Read contributor Randi Oomens' full review at Disability in Kidlit.
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to read this book. This book was tough and gritty. She gets out of rehab and starts going to AA meetings . She meets someone who helps her along the way. She also deals with her issues. She also works for a better relationship with her mom. She also finds love along the way. This book was real and dark and gritty. This author has become an auto read for me. I'm going to recite the prayer along with my group. ...more
Jolene Perry
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you want to read something by Christa Desir, and aren't sure where to start - this book is where you start.
This book is everything real and difficult and I want everyone who struggles with addiction, or knows someone who does, to read this book.
The writing is stellar, the characterization is spot on, and this is one I know I'll read again.
Blake Murray
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved the characters and plot, but the writing style was a little flat for me. I just could not be fully submerged into the story as easily as others. But I truly loved this one
Dec 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
**Thanks to the publisher, Simon & Schuster, for providing me with an uncorrected proof of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

A few years ago, I read Christa Desir's Fault Line and Bleed Like Me, and let me tell you, I absolutely loved them. Desir knows how to weave a dark, gritty, compelling story that is sure to pull you in from the start - which is what happened with this book. There are so many elements that combined together beautifully that help pull you in. The realistic cha
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review was originally posted on [] wasted 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 pare ...more
Read InAGarden
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read Desir's first two books this summer and was blown away. Other Broken Things is just as awesome. Desir is an author I'm putting on my buy and always recommend list.

Other Broken Things begins with Natalie going to an AA meeting after getting out of rehab. The reader finds out that Natalie was in court ordered rehab for a DUI and now she has to go to AA and do community service. Natalie is only 17 and she doesn't feel she was/is and alcoholic. As the novel progresses Natalie meets and bonds
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
To be honest, I grabbed this book completely due to the cover of the book while looking for something to read on our county's digital library. It looked interesting. Yes, I judged a book by the cover, lol, but it paid off! I loved this book. It was real and raw emotion and it wasn't one of the far-fetched stories that is hard to believe. The story revolves around a 17 year old high school addict named Natalie, who (of course) doesn't believe she has a problem. She received a DUI and was court-or ...more
Kate S
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 really, and with more time to think maybe a 5. This was a difficult book to read. I feel like it's important though, because so many people don't understand what addiction is like, or what it's like to live with an addict. Desir does a remarkable job of describing both of those things. The majority of the situation felt very real. Natalie has slips. She has to figure out why she wants to be sober and not just do it for someone else. It's hard and it's gritty and it's real. Very well done. ...more
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone whose life has been touched by addiction or by someone with addiction
Emotionally brutal for more reasons than I can articulate. But still persistent and hopeful. Some parts of this cut me so deeply that I actually had to put the book down and walk away (and then come back and pick it up and keep going). Would recommend to people who love John Green's Looking for Alaska. ...more
Jan 29, 2016 rated it liked it
"...I'd cut a bitch for a cigarette..." = one of the best openers I've read in quite some time. Desir's books certainly aren't for everyone nor are they particularly enjoyable, but she sure does do grit lit pretty well. ...more
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can I adore Christa Desir anymore than I already do?

Nahh, probs not. Full review to come soon.
Interesting book about addiction, family, friends and love.
Ashley Blake
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Such a raw, emotional, messy portrait of alcoholism and recovery. This might be my favorite Desir book to date.
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I'm a YA author who loves dark contemporary books. Novels include: FAULT LINE (Oct 2013), BLEED LIKE ME (Oct 2014), OTHER BROKEN THINGS (Jan 2016), LOVE BLIND (May 2016), and FOUR-LETTER WORD (May 2018).

I am also a feminist, rape victim activist, book seller, and romance novel editor. I live outside of Chicago with my husband and our three children.

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