Published by Simon Pulse on January 12, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
A copy of the book was provided for review purposes - thank you! Receiving a copy does not guarantee a positive review and therefore does not affect the opinion or content of the review.
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.
So I really thought Other Broken Things was going to be good, I really did, and maybe that was my let down.
I was so excited for it that when I got a review copy back in October even though it didn’t come out till January I was so desperate to read it, I read it right there and then. Maybe that was my mistake? Maybe if I had lowered my expectations, I might’ve enjoyed it not felt like stabbing all the characters with a fork and feeling sick with how bad and toxic the romance was and with the terrible ending that made me want to throw my kindle at my bedroom wall because it was so bad.
The relationship in here is so toxic, but I couldn’t figure out if the author was trying to make it that way or she was actually trying to write a romance you could root for.
If she was, it failed completely. Joe the love interest in here could be Natalie’s FATHER. I knew there an age gap between them before reading the book but Joe is THIRTY EIGHT and Natalie is SEVENTEEN. I repeat, SEVENTEEN. Every time there was the slightest whiff of romance between them I was like, OMG THIS IS SO WRONNGGG. WHY DOESN’T NATALIE SAY SOMETHING??!! WHY DOESN’T JOE BACK THE HELL OFF?!!
I thought this book would be about Natalie getting over alcoholism, but it’s not, it’s really not.
This book is about Natalie who makes attempts to get over her alcoholism, but every time something goes wrong, or she feels angry or sad, or she just really wants a drink…SHE STARTS DRINKING AGAIN. And even though she’s going to AA she doesn’t turn to them for help, or any other responsible adult (she tells them she’s not drinking anymore), she turns to Joe.
Joe who she has feelings for, who is FAAAAR to old for, has a million problems of his own including being a recovering alcoholic himself AND admits he’s starting to have feelings for her too.
I MEAN OMG SO MUCH IS WRONG WITH THIS SITUATION!!!! And you’d think Joe being the adult of THIRTY EIGHT would know that what he’s doing is really wrong and should just back the hell off and get someone else that isn’t a brainless idiot like him to help Natalie but does he?? NO HE DID NOT AND IT MADE ME SO ANGRY I COULD’VE SCREAMED. I STILL FEEL LIKE SCREAMING.
The ending was one of the most unsatisfying endings I have EVER read in my life of reading YA fiction.
It was one of those endings that just made the whole book absolutely
pointless. I haven’t felt so angry and cheated and disappointed in so
long and it left the bitterest of tastes in my mouth.
In my opinion, this book is BAD.
The message that the author was trying to deliver got so twisted around what with the crap story, the shitty characters and the toxic romance that was so unromantic that it became something completely different and something I didn’t agree on. It could’ve gone well, but for me, this book failed on everything. If you liked or loved this book, that’s great! I just really, really, didn’t.