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

Posted May 8, 2015 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

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Book Review: Lola Carlyle’s 12-Step Romance by Danielle Younge-UllmanLola Carlyle's 12-Step Romance by Danielle Younge-Ullman
Published by Entangled Publishing, Entangled Teen, Macmillan on May 5, 2015
Genres: Coming of Age
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher on NetGallery
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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 sad to say that this novel ended up in my Did Not Finish pile. “Lola Carlyle’s 12-Step Romance” by Danielle Younge-Ullman was nothing like what I thought it was going to be like. I feel like the synopsis is deceiving. Lola Carlyle is the daughter of a washed-up soap opera actress and a well-known director. Lola doesn’t have a good relationship with her parents. Lola decides to try to fake an addiction to try to get into rehab to try to win her crush and teen heart-throb Wade Miller. I feel like this story had a lot of language in it. I understand that authors want to try to relate to how teenagers speak today but I don’t feel like throwing cuss words in wherever possible is the right way to go about things. I can understand – maybe – if the word fits where it is being placed however I dont’ feel like this is the case at all. I feel like this book is glamorize drugs and addiction. There may be a good message underlying somewhere but it is definitely hard to find in my opinion. When the mentors cross lines that is another issue. This is not something I could recommend to teenagers.

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Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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