Review: Lola Carlyle''s 12 Step Romance by Danielle Younge-Ullman

Lola Carlyle's 12-Step Romance

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.

Ugh! This book! How do I feel about this book?

I somewhat enjoyed it, reluctantly though. The start was so annoying and I thought I was going to have to DNF this book at 10% but I persevered even though it was stupid. Why would Sydney, Lola's friend, practically convince Lola to go to rehab because it's so great and then sign out before Lola got there? Why would Lola go to Rehab? Like, she practically faked addiction to get into rehab.

Sure, it's clear from the start that Lola is the child of famous people, so she has never had to live in the real world. Everything is all sunshine and happiness, the thought that people in the world have problems isn't something that Lola has ever had to think about which means that she is a whiny, annoying bitch at the start. She doesn't want to face up to the problems that she does have so she rubs her 'perfect' life into the other patients at the rehab centre. She doesn't realise how that will hurt other people. Sure, she did develop later on in the book and she grew up a whole lot, so when that started happening I started to get more into the book.

None of the other characters had much depth though. I mean, Adam was lovely and nice but I didn't really get much else from him. The other characters were utterly forgettable.

Overall, Lola Carlyle's 12-Step Romance was a fun book but it didn't have a whole lot of depth to it. It was okay, but this book won't be memorable in the long term.


Overall Rating: C-

Book released 5th May 2015 by Entangled Teen
Book received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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