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

Lola Carlyle's 12-Step Romance
Author: Danielle Younge-Ullman
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 5th 2015
Review Source: Entangled Teen

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.

Lola Carlyle, daughter of washed-up soap opera actress and incredibly well-known director. In her words, a “celebu-spawn.” In a nutshell, Lola hasn’t exactly had the most fulfilling of relationships with her parents. Luxurious and glamorous? Yes. Warm and comforting? Not so much. Her parents were divorced due to her father’s constant cheating and the fact that her mother was, in fact, a lesbian and had an ongoing affair with a porn star turned stunt-woman. Good ol’ Hollywood, right?

While on a mother-daughter outing, Lola was talking to a friend, Sydney. Sydney was in the most prestigious rehab center California has to offer, she had a drug problem. Lola finds that old friend, now TV heartthrob, Wade Miller is there and makes it her life’s mission to get into that rehab to perhaps make a connection, save him from himself, and even get some time away from her dramatic mother and her practically nonexistent father.

As she undergoes this harder-than-planned mission to fake addiction to get into the rehab center, her plans change. She ends up confronting a lot more demons than she thought she had, learns that people are not always who you remember them to be, and discovers that people are not always trustworthy. Ultimately, she does find love, though it wasn’t with the expected person.

At the beginning, this book had me a little bored. The storyline seemed somewhat stereotypical and tired - young teenage girl thinks she can save the day through love and all will be well with the world again - pushing aside the fact that all this takes place within a rehab center. The story did grow on me, though. Granted, it didn’t leave me in an absolute whirlwind of emotion and philosophy, but it was a decent story with an ending that left me satisfied.

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