Title: Lola Carlyle’s 12-Step Romance
Author: Danielle Younge-Ullman
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: May 5th 2015
My Rating: ★★★★
Lola Carlyle is lonely, out of sorts, and in for a boring summer. So when her best friend, Sydney, calls to rave about her stay at a posh Malibu rehab and reveals that the love of Lola’s life, Wade Miller, is being admitted, she knows what she has to do.Never mind that her worst addiction is decaf cappuccino; Lola is going to rehab.
Lola arrives at Sunrise Rehab intent solely on finding Wade, saving him from himself, and—naturally—making him fall in love with her…only to discover she’s actually expected to be an addict. And get treatment. And talk about her issues with her parents, and with herself. Plus she has insane roommates, and an irritatingly attractive mentor, Adam, who’s determined to thwart her at every turn.
Oh, and Sydney? She’s gone.
Turns out, once her pride, her defenses, and her best friend are stripped away, Lola realizes she’s actually got a lot to overcome…if she can open her heart long enough to let it happen.
This book was so unexpected! I was expecting a chick lit, read once and that’s it book. But this book stayed with me even hours after reading it.
Lola Carlyle was having another boring summer with her celebrity mom. Then, her best friend convinces her to join her in rehab, saying how it’s practically a “spa”. The fact that Wade Miller, her childhood friend and crush, goes to the same rehab is enough to have her packing her bags faking an alcohol addiction. After a few failed attempts, she finally has her mom convinced she’s an alcoholic and needs rehab ASAP. When she gets there what she finds is unexpected. Her best friend, Sydney is nowhere to be found, she’s been assigned a mentor, Adam, who barely lets her of his sight. And Sunrise rehab is not exactly what Lola would call a “spa”. Not prison but definitely not spa material. She meets people with actual addictions and problems to match hers. Rehab isn’t looking like a walk in the park but with the right people and the right steps Lola might actually learn a thing or two.
In the beginning the characters didn’t stand out except to annoy me a little. I did not find myself liking Lola’s mom or Sydney. But I’m happy to say that there was character development. Unfortunately, character development or not I’m still not a huge fan of Lola’s celebrity mom or her best friend who only gave me more reason to dislike her.
I did like Lola though, despite not being a “celebu spawn” like her I know how it feels like to put on a tough face and act like nothing gets to you. I admired her determination to get into rehab and maybe if put in her shoes I would have done the same thing. She may have faked her way into rehab but she had good intentions, she was trying to save her friend, Wade from going down the deep end. She may not have had a drinking problem but make no mistake, Lola had problems. Problems that would seem trivial to people who’ve never had to contend with them. I on the other hand found her problems very real and understood why she always made it a point to hide them from outsiders.
The main source of her problems were her divorced parents. They never had time for her and her mom was always worried about herself and how she would look. Even going as far as to call the paparazzi to cover Lola’s entrance to rehab. Sydney wasn’t a big help either, “inviting” Lola to rehab and bailing on her. Best friend of the year, anyone?
I am glad to say that she overcame her problems, thanks to her stubborn determination and Adam. Now, Adam was very no-nonsense about things. There’s right, then there’s wrong. Simple. After days of following Lola around and her constantly pushing his buttons, things aren’t so simple anymore. Problem? He’s the mentor, she’s the patient. The only relationship they should be having is a platonic one. You know what guys? This reminded very much of Rose and Dimitri from Vampire Academy’s relationship. For Romitri it was “mentor-student”, Lola and Adam “mentor-patient”. And I liked it, it was infuriating but it had its moments and felt much more real than Lola’s crush on Wade.
Want to know who she ends up with? Read the book!
This book dealt with very realistic themes, like addiction, life as a celebrity, finding yourself in a world where everyone seems to have their best interest at heart and wouldn’t think twice about stabbing you in the back. Sounds familiar? It’s the world we live in, people! The ending was abrupt but satisfying and filled with possibilities.
Overall, I enjoyed the character development (even Lola’s mostly absent father had me rooting for him in the end), particularly Lola’s development, I wanted to give her a standing ovation for what she did close to the book’s end, it took guts. The plot is also authentic and I can say with absolute confidence that I’ve never come across a book like this. Don’t think I ever will.
A fast paced, beautifully written, YA novel that will have you thinking, and questioning everything you previously thought about celebrities and “celebu spawns”. Read this book if you’re looking for originality, an insight on celebrity life and a fun, meaningful YA contemporary romance.
That’s all for today bookworms! As usual what did you think of my review and the book? Personally, I had a great time reading it, but it’s now your turn to speak up and tell me your thoughts! I always look forward to hearing from you, so leave some comments and happy reading! Hugs! ❤