Lola Carlyle’s 12 Step Romance by Danielle Younge-Ulmann {Beth’s Review}

Posted 22 April, 2015 by Beth / 1 Comment

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Lola Carlyle’s 12 Step Romance by Danielle Younge-Ulmann {Beth’s Review}Lola Carlyle's 12 Step Romance by Danielle Younge-Ullman
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

With a whip-smart narrative reminiscent of HBO’s Girls, Danielle Younge-Ullman’s debut novel will have you laughing all the way to recovery.

Lola Carlyle is lonely, out of sorts, and in for a boring summer. So when her best friend Sydney calls to rave about the fun she’s having at a luxurious Malibu rehab (it’s basically a spa!) and reveals that the love of Lola’s life, Wade Miller, is being admitted, Lola knows what she has to do. Never mind that her worst addiction is decaf cappuccino; Lola is going to rehab.

Lola fakes her way into Sunrise Rehab, only to discover she’s actually expected to be an addict. And get treatment. And she has insane roommates, and an irritatingly attractive intake advisor, Adam, who’s determined to thwart her at every turn. Worst of all is the strictly enforced NO ROMANCE rule.

Oh, and Sydney? Is gone.

Turns out Sunrise is more jail-like than spa-like, and it’s going to take more than Lola bargained for just to get through the program

This book was a pleasant surprise!

Thoughts on Lola Carlyle’s 12 Step Romance

Lola is such a great character. I couldn’t get enough of her sarcasm and wit. She reminds me a lot of myself, except for the super rich and somewhat famous part! She’s such a fun character that was interesting, real, and exciting.

I think my favourite part about this book is that it takes a serious situation and adds enough humor as to where it’s not an uncomfortable read but keeps it serious enough to know that the author was not making fun of addicts or condoning their behavior.

At first, I really was not sure how I would feel about Lola. I mean, a 17 year old girl that lies and cheats her way into rehab to… see a boy? I knew I was either going to love this book or dislike it, but I loved it. I found it hilarious that she got into rehab because of that reason.

The humor in this book was one of the strongest things about it. Lola was always saying something that made me crack up. Talia and Jade even made me laugh.

The relationship dynamics between everyone was interesting and realistic. My favourite relationship was Lola and Adam. The mentor-mentee situation was unique and written so well. Lola and her roommates also had a great relationship. It was a well written relationship between three girls that we don’t see much in books.

And as many hilarious moments there were, there were also an equal amount of serious moments that made me reflect on life and other serious stuff. I went into this thinking it would be all fluff and no tears but NO OF COURSE NOT. But seriously, the serious moments were great too.

I will definitely be looking for this book because I want to read it again and again.


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