Damaged: Natalie's Story

Damaged: Natalie's Story

by Talia Jager

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Natalie Jarrett is a seventeen-year-old girl who falls in love with the wrong boy. When she finds herself in the hospital after one of his violent attacks, she can no longer turn a blind eye. Suffering from severe injuries, her doctor tells her she will never be the same again. Although injured and feeling guilty, alone, scared and most of all, damaged, everyone seems to expect her to return quickly to her normal life – but how can she bounce back when she blames herself for all that’s gone wrong?

Damaged: Natalie's Story is recommended for grade 9 and up.

Damaged: Natalie's Story is approximately 82,300 words.

This book previously published under the title Natalie's Story.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012106575
Publisher: Talia Jager
Publication date: 04/05/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

When Talia isn’t hiding in the bathroom from her six children munching on a chocolate bar, she enjoys hiking the red rocks in Utah or sitting on the beach with a book in her hands and her toes in the ocean.

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Damaged: Natalie's Story 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Talia Jaeger writes with such depth you can almost feel exactly what Natalie was going through. This is a truely touching story about Natalie, a young lady that fell in love with the wrong guy. This truely depicts the phrase of Love is blind. When you fall in love, and abuse is part of the so called relationship....you need to get out, and get out quick. No man is worth getting beat up about. Abuse weather it is verbal or physical should not be tolerated by anyone! The person who is doing the abusing claims they won't do it again, but people like that don't change no matter what they tell you. They like being in total control of the other person. If you find yourself in a situation of abuse, you need to confide with your parents, friends, or even the police. Those type of people should be locked away so they don't hurt anyone. Sorry to keep going on. Natalie's sister was amazing, she had the insight and back bone to help her sister. It just goes to show you....with someone by your side, you would be amazed how much strength you have. I would definately recommend this book to anyone. I would also recommend any book Talia Jaeger has writen, because they all are either true books that once you finish the book....makes you think.
Fantasybkgirl More than 1 year ago
Damaged: Natalie's Story is such a heart wrenching story about a teenage girl who has to overcome major obsticles after being in an abusive relationship. This is completly out of my genre of reading. I have never read anything like this, I usually stick with fantasy. The author asked me to read this and I agreed. When I started reading it I just wanted to put it down and move on to something else, because I don't read these type of books. I am so glad that something told me to go ahead and keep reading. Once I started I did not want to put it down. Natalie is a seventeen year old girl who falls for the charming guy Josh. Everything goes great until he gets angry with her and then the abuse starts. Each time, it gets worse and each time Natalie takes Josh back. She feels it's her fault that she is making him mad. The last time Natalie ends up in the hospital clinging to life with permant brain damage. The story then follows Natalie's struggles with learning to talk, read, write and do all the normal things we take for granted. During her struggles she becomes depressed and turns to alcohol to take away the physical and emotional pain. She continually blames herself for what has happened to her. Along the way she improves physically but it takes the love and support of her friends and family to help her put the past behind her and move on. I loved the ending. This was such an emotional rollarcoaster. There were so many ups and downs, I was frustrated with what Natalie was doing to herself once she started to get better. The writing was done so well, I felt like I was one of Natalie's friends. I have never been in a situation like this and cannot even begin to imagine what someone like this goes through. I am so glad that I read this, and I am recommending others read this. This e-book was given to me by the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way.
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D_Frazier More than 1 year ago
Talia Jager is one of my favorite new YA authors. This was a heart wrenching story about abuse. Jager made the story line believable and I quickly got sucked into Natalie's life. Hoping she would be able to turn things around. This is a must read for teens and parents.
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FiveAlarmBookReviews More than 1 year ago
When Natalie Jarret meets new boy, Josh Kory, her life is forever changed. Natalie and Josh seem to fall in love, but love shouldn't look like this. The problem is that Josh has a high level of emotional problems that he doesn't mind taking out on Natalie. He becomes jealous and abusive. Natalie is so ashamed that she makes an attempt to hide the evidence from everyone. Not even best friend, Sophie knows. The abuse, already gone too far, goes even further and Natalie is left to deal with the emotional aftermath. Damaged: Natalie's Story by Talia Jager is a wonderful novel for today's youth. It deals with tough topics, including abuse, teen pregnancy, alcoholism, loss, denial, and the struggle to survive after a serious injury. Author, Talia Jager, delivers a tough, realistic novel without a lot of unnecessary literary fluff. The message and content is straight forward and realistic. She shows us the consequences of what happens when deep seeded issues are not dealt with and secrets are kept. Damaged: Natalie's Story has much to offer in the area of reality based teen literature. There are lessons to learn galore. I would have liked to have seen more in the way of recovery and work for the lives of the parents who are in denial and the sister who keeps secrets. I also thought there was part of the recovery that seemed to simplistic. There is still much to learn from from the majority of the book. I would recommend this book to young adult readers both male and female. I think that this would make a good book club read for young adults because of the complex emotional issues and struggle.
Countrysunset More than 1 year ago
Come follow a teen's most important battle of her life! This story starts out with Natalie Jarrett and Josh Kory, two high school teens, meeting, dating, and falling in love. At least, Natalie thought it was love until Josh suddenly turns very abusive and drags her though a very tumultuous relationship. Tragedy strikes and Natalie must rely on her family and friends to totally rebuild her life. Her sister, Miranda, having a similar past, is very influential in her days of recovery from Josh's brutal attack. Follow her journey as she faces many trials and tribulations before she can finally put the pieces back together and find peace within herself and love in the end. This is the fourth book of Talia Jager's that I have read, and I must say that I am totally impressed. She writes such strong and dramatic story lines with her teen characters. Her descriptions are very vivid and you feel as if you are right there with them. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys teen dramas! This is a definite must-read!! This book was graciously provided to me by it's author for my honest review.
parttimereader More than 1 year ago
Wow! I was hooked from the very first page of this book. It is very well written and you don't want to stop reading. Never having been in the situation that Natalie finds herself in, I found it very interesting how hard it is to get out of a bad relationship and how we tend to tell ourselves just about anything to stay in it. The story tells about the self blaming and the fears and emotions that Natalie feels as she goes through the healing process. It is expressed in a way that everyone can understand and gain something from. You find yourself urging her on in her struggles to heal. I highly recommend this heartwarming book to all women, young and old.
Melissa Cody More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Read it all in one night. Says its for young girls but its good for any age women.
Joan_Piskothy More than 1 year ago
Very emotional book..alot of ups & downs. I was rooting for Natalie to overcome all of her obstacles. A must read for all young girls to know they are not alone in abusive relationships and there is help out there. I would highly recomend this book for all young teen girls especially if there was a discussion with teachers, friends or family after.
PunkPook More than 1 year ago
Natalie's story is very touching. It shows just how true the phrase Love is blind really is. Natalie believes in Josh's love for her so strongly that she doesn't see the danger until it's too late. Natalie's life changes so drastically in such a short time that she has trouble dealing with it. Her thoughts and emotions are so honest that the reader can feel them as well. It's a heart wrenching story of love, family and friendship. Though it's not based on a true story, it is a very serious and true situation for a lot of young teenagers who refuse to reach out and ask for help. I read the story in one sitting as I was intrigued by young Natalie and what she was going through, I spent two out of three hours crying my eyes out. Talia Jager wrote a beautiful story sharing her characters emotions through her words and built up much anticipation as Natalie strived to change her life for the better. I recommend this beautiful story to all the readers out there and I am greatly anticipating reading "Teagan's Story", I have no doubts that it will just as emotionally beautiful as this one.