ARC Review: Other Broken Things7:00 AM
Title: Other Broken Things
Author: Christa Desir
Series: N/A, Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: January 12th 2016 by Simon Pulse
Pages: eBook, 256 pages
My Rating: 4 Stars
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 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, smart, and 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, Natalie must pull together her broken parts and learn to fight for herself.
I was given an eARC by the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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 it is exactly about this book that won me over, but after I closed the book, I felt like the book really meant something to me. Exactly what, I'm not sure. I think it was an eye-opening experience, and I guess I just felt like there was so much truth in this book. The author did not downplay anything about life, and I appreciate that.
This book is not about being inspirational - although sometimes it's kind of uplifting too. No, this book is about being honest and facing life head on. This book is about accepting that things are not in our control, and it's about letting go. It's about being at peace with life - knowing that it sucks and the only things that we can control are our choices, so we might as well make good ones.
I really enjoyed this book and now I'm thinking about going back to finish reading Fault Line because I only got to before halfway of the book. I really appreciate this book and the author, and I'm looking forward to reading more books by her.