Lola Carlyle’s 12-Step Romance by Danielle Younge-Ullman:
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: 5/5/15
Genres: YA, Contemporary
Rating: 5/5 stars
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK. OFFICIALLY IN LOVE. If I could marry a book, it would be this one. Among many others, but certainly this was an absolutely fabulous book.
So first off, I have to address the humor. Rarely, and when I say rarely, I mean very rarely, do I laugh out loud when I read a book. Personally, it’s just not an easy thing to do when I read. Except for this book. I laughed multiple times. In public. I did that weird body shaking thing where you’re trying not to laugh but you can’t help it so you look like you’re having a seizure while smiling. Yes, this happened multiple times. In front of strangers. I know. I’m embarrassed for myself, too.
Seriously though, this book was hilarious. I was expecting something light-hearted and enjoyable, but I wasn’t expecting it to be this funny. I think most of it had to do with the fact that I related to Lola’s humor a lot, but I think that most people will. Some of the things she said just killed me. She was so honest that I was laughing at things that probably should not be funny. BUT IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE NOT TO LAUGH.
I really liked Lola. At first, I didn’t think she would be a very relatable character. I mean, who checks themselves into rehab to meet their crush that they haven’t seen if years, and more importantly, fakes being an alcoholic to do so? Not normal people, that’s for sure. But as the book went on, we see that Lola has actual issues that she’s dealing with, and she’s not some spoiled brat who no one actually likes. She made a serious turn around in the book, though. If she hadn’t changed at all, it probably would’ve been hard to keep reading the book, honestly. But she pulled herself together, and became a really likable girl. Great character development, Ms. Younge-Ullman.
Adam. Mmmm. Listen. I would fake my way into rehab just to get myself an Adam. I’m not even joking. He was perfect in every single way. He was almost the complete opposite of Lola, but that’s what made them perfect. He was so kind and caring, but he could also stand up to her when he had to. Personally, the whole forbidden romance part of this was great. It wasn’t overdone, but it kept me interested. It also kept Wade in the picture, even though we all wanted him to leave. Seriously, dude, like get out. But really, Adam was a great character. His development was much more subtle, but there were certainly changes in his personality that were awesome to see.
I LOVED that this was set in a rehab facility. Not that addictions are anything to be made light of, but it provided quite the exciting setting. The secondary characters, like Lola’s roommates and counselors, were so funny. The book would not be anything close to what it is without them.
Ultimately, Lola Carlyle’s 12-Step Romance was a great book. I highly recommend it, especially to anyone that just wants something funny. It has its serious moments, but it’s a very easy and light read. Check it out!
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About the Author
Danielle Younge-Ullman is a novelist, playwright and freelance writer. She studied English and Theater at McGill University, then returned to her hometown of Toronto to work as professional actor for ten years. Danielle’s short story, Reconciliation, was published in MODERN MORSELS—a McGraw-Hill Anthology for young adults—in 2012, her one-act play, 7 Acts of Intercourse, debuted at Toronto’s SummerWorks Festival in 2005, and her adult novel, FALLING UNDER, was published by Penguin in 2008. Danielle lives in Toronto with her husband and two daughters.
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