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DNF Alert: Other Broken Things

Christa Desir - Other Broken Things
Published: January 12, 2016 by Simon Pulse
Genres: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 256
Find on: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads
Rating: A deserved DNF

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 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 program because they have to. Sober because someone told them to get that way. The ones who relapse the fastest."
I'm a strict-believer in sorting your own fucking problems out, so Natalie did not have one ounce of my sympathy. If you are a pregnant teen, you can take night classes. If you're a recovering alcholic, recover and shut the duck up. Natalie mostly refused to attend AA, cursed at everyone (including her mother), and huffed because no one was nice to her. The teachers and other classmates called her out. And why shouldn't they? Being a drunk teen doesn't call for an absent slip.

If you would like to read a realistic depiction of a teen struggling with a alcoholic addiction, please check out Romancing the Dark In The City of Light. There's a cute(r) boy and a Parisian setting. Ooh la la.  


  1. Oh crap! I just won this book and now... yeah not so sure! I mean, I think I would probably have more sympathy for Natalie than you do (hahah) but still... kind of sounds like a mess. Good thing I also have Romancing the Dark!

  2. hahaha. I hate reading negative reviews for books I'm getting/anticipating. I'm currently anticipating Kill The Boy Band & I've been noticing a bit of hate. Romancing The Dark is REALLY good! Also, the love interest is super cute!


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