Wednesday, March 16, 2016

A Healthy Approach to Alcoholism | Other Broken Things by C. Desir

Here's another review that I've been sitting on since January! I have three more left to post, so you should see those posted in the next few days.

*I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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.

*Released January 12th 2016 from Simon Pulse*
My Thoughts
Other Broken Things was a good book that seemed to tackle addiction well, but it didn't leave quite a big enough impact on me to remain memorable.
A Healthy Book
This book is all about putting the pieces of your life and yourself back together, but in a really healthy way. The main character's addiction and the struggles she was facing seemed to be handled very well. It also seemed realistic. I feel that many readers will appreciate the steps she made and HOW she made them. The roles that the other characters played (both positive and negative) in her story seemed to be written well too.
Emotion Connection
I think this book brought me to NEAR tears at some point, but for the most part, I didn't feel a huge connection to the main character. I'm not sure why since I still really liked her and found her to be solidly developed. I guess we just didn't click on a deeper level? I still really liked her story and felt proud of her.
The Mother-Daughter Relationship
Other than how healthy this book is, the relationship between the main character and her mom was my favorite part. It was a very strained relationship, which isn't that surprising. I liked seeing how the main character's struggle with addiction affected how she interacted with her mom and how her mom reacted to what her daughter was going through. The mom seemed to grow quite a bit herself, and I LOVE it when I can see character growth in secondary characters.
Final Thoughts
Other Broken Things was pretty good! It moved pretty quickly and the story sucked me in. Alcoholism was handled in a healthy and honest way. Many readers will appreciate how the main character's story was handled! I really liked reading it, though it didn't turn out very memorable for me (especially since I lacked that deeper connection with the MC).

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