ARC Review: Lola Carlyle's 12 Step Romance by Danielle Younge Ulmam
Lola Carlyle's 12 Step Romance by Danielle Younge Ullman
Release Date: May 5 2015
Format: ARC Paperback
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: YA/ Contemporary
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 adored this book. It was equal parts fun and heavy. One girls insane plan to reunite with the with the boy she thought she loves turns into a journey that she will never forget. Lola learns a lot about herself while she is in rehab. She realizes that she really does have some issues that are controlling her life. What she thought was going to be a day spa turns into a self awakening experience.
I loved Lola. She is quirky and hilarious. Her relationship with Adam is an unexpected one. He is everything that she needs even though neither one of them know it. I was in tears at some parts of the book from laughing so hard.
I really liked how this book was both light and heavy on the subject of addiction. It had a great balance of shedding light on some hard topics without taking it too far. Danielle kept it light and entertaining and it was the perfect mix for this kind of book.
I was thoroughly impressed and I would definitely recommend it for someone who needs a laugh.