Review: “Lola Carlyle’s 12 Step Romance” – Danielle Younge Ullman

May 4, 2015 Book Review 4

Review: “Lola Carlyle’s 12 Step Romance” – Danielle Younge UllmanLola Carlyle's 12 Step Romance by Danielle Younge Ullman
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Published on: May 5th 2015
Published by: Macmillan
Pages: 304
Genre: YA Romance
Format: eARC

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The Story(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 defences, and her best friend are stripped away, Lola realises she’s actually got a lot to overcome…if she can open her heart long enough to let it happen.


Initial Reaction


My Thoughts

I devoured this book. It must have only taken me 2/3 hours from front cover to back cover and holy wow was it a rollercoaster of a journey to follow!

Lola may have started the book as a bit of a drama queen and slightly diva-ish (although she totally has reason to be with stupid parents like hers) but she was just so likeable right from the beginning. I mean, it takes a wacky kinda of character to get herself put into rehab just so she can spend the summer getting massages and doing yoga! Her attempts to be a fake alcoholic are so much fun to read and her constant whitty and sarcastic comments were just pure genius. But it’s not all ‘sarcy’ moments and Lola goes on a great journey of self discovery and self love and develops from the shallow, stuck up and naive character at the beginning of the book to someone much greater. She was such a simple yet complex character and it was a pleasure getting to know her and watching her grow through this book.

“Those Ray-bans make you look fat.” she says.
“It’s true. They make your cheeks look puffy.”
“And my ass too, no doubt!

Knowing my luck, if I was ever to get put into rehab (most probably for my chocolate or book addiction!) all the guys in their would be totally gross looking! But lucky Lola ends up with two hotties! We get two very different relationships between Lola and Wade (her childhood crush), and Lola and Adam (her mentor) both of which are full to the brim with chemistry. Sweet and passionate, the romance isn’t the main feature in this book, but it was juicy enough to keep me hooked right until the end.
(It might sound a bit like a love triangle, but as someone who hates love triangles, I can assure you that there is nothing to worry about in the slightest. Don’t let the fact that there are two potential love interests in this book put you off reading it, because that would be a tragedy!)

“You’re not just some girl I wan’t to get naked with. That’s not enough. That’s not good enough.”

It’s not too heavy. There are tons of other characters in rehab, some of which with major issues, but at no point did I feel like the book got too much for me. Danielle did a great job of using humour to break up some of the more intense moments, and for the rest of it we had a great mixture of characters with whom there was never a dull moment, especially Lola’s roommates Talia and Jade, who are both quirky and entertaining to read.

“This is not a spa! It’s not like a spa at all. It’s nothing like a spa.”
I’m shouting. Everyone is staring at me. I’m making an ass of myself, I know, but I can’t stop.
“Nope,” he says calmly, “it’s rehab.”

It’s not as straight forward as it looks. Sure, from the description it’s looks like it’s all about a shallow girl who fakes her way into rehab to get with a guy, but it’s so much more then that. There is a great mix of contemporary and romance, but with some of the tougher stuff and actual people suffering from addictions without getting too heavy or depressing. Mixed in is some great (and appropriate) humorous moments and a main character we can’t help but like. You have heard “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” well in the case of Lola, it’s “don’t judge a book by it’s description” because Lola is so much more then what she seems.

“Fine, but just so you know? If I’m addicted to chocolate, I plan to keep using.”


Final Thoughts

This one is going to make a great summer read. It’s funny and set in sunny California, what else do you want for a beach read?! My first time read Danielle Younge Ullman and I am so impressed, her writing is just brilliant, and I can see myself reading many more of her books in the future.

Re-Readability: Yes!

I would recommend this book to fans of: self-discovery journeys, characters who become better people, laugh out loud moments, sweet romances, characters with additions.

Have you ever read a book about characters with addictions?

Are you excited for the released of Lola Carlyle’s 12 Steps to Romance?

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4 Responses to “Review: “Lola Carlyle’s 12 Step Romance” – Danielle Younge Ullman”

  1. Eileen

    We’re review twinsies today! I also really really enjoyed this one! So hilarious I couldn’t stop laughing most of the time 😀

    • Brocs Bookcase

      Yeay! Me too, such a fun book. I love books that make me laugh like an idiot! 🙂

  2. Danni Mae

    Oh my gosh, I love the sound of this! Cover looks amazing for one (and I totally judge books by the cover) and it sounds like the same sort of wacky I loved in Accidentally Married.

    • Brocs Bookcase

      Yes, I really love the cover! You should defiantly check this one out. Thanks for stopping by!