Welcome to my stop in the blog tour of Lola Carlyle's 12-Step Romance by Danielle Younge-Ullman! I'm pretty excited to be participating in this tour because I seriously LOVED this book. It was amazing. Nope, more than amazing, it was incredibly fantastic! Just you wait until you read it (you HAVE to read it). Below you can find my
fangirling squeals review and also one heck of a great giveaway that I'm already quite jealous of whoever gets to win. Anyway, thanks so much for stopping by. Enjoy!
Title: Lola Carlyle's 12-Step Romance
Author: Danielle Younge-Ullman
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Published: May 5th, 2015
Page Count: 304 pages
Source: From Publisher (thanks!)
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.
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 5/5 stars
LOVED THIS BOOK! ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ *heart button stops working* *frowns* *inserts a million more imaginary hearts*
How can one move on to another book after reading Lola Carlyle's 12-Step Romance? It's so darn hard! I'm obsessed, guys. This book is THE book of crazy goodness and gosh, I'm just a puddle of butterflying feels right now.
I really don't even know where to start. Do I talk about the unusual setting? Or the characters? Or perhaps the romance? Of ADAM?! *flails* I'm just too excited to form coherent thoughts *takes deep breath*.
Okay. The amazing thing about this book is that it's weird. Weird as in I-can't-believe-I'm-reading-this-but-I'm-loving-it kind of weird because the main character fakes her way into rehab. Yup, crazy, I know. I mean, WHO DOES THAT? At first I was a bit incredulous and thought that Lola was out of her mind and everything seemed just too unreal to work out, but man, the author made it work. Heck, I even can't stop wishing for something like this to happen to me (it's not right, but I blame it all on Adam).
So Lola Carlyle decided to fake her way into rehab in order to spend time with and supposedly help out her long-time crush, actor Wade Miller. Since her parents are in the Hollywood spotlight, it wasn't a difficult ordeal to accomplish. Just a few alcohol bottles, a bit of acting, and ta-daa, welcome to spa-like rehab (according to Lola's friend). Only that when Lola officially starts her day as a fake alcoholic, she soon realizes that her friend lied. Despite being the best rehab center and having the best accommodations, it is still rehab and everyone must stick to the rules *snickers*. From then on, I promise you that this book will have you giggling, clutching your stomach with the hilarius antics of Lola and falling head over heels with a certain swoon-worthy boy.
In the beginning I did think that I would fall for Wade Miller, imagining that he would be cool and distant towards Lola, battling personal demons but slowly falling for her charm. I liked the idea, but when Lola was answering her first rehab questionnaire in the presence of her 20 year old cute & professional mentor, and she manages to get out of him a laugh, I immediately wiped Wade off my list and drew little hearts around Adam's name.
My heart just hurts by thinking about him. He's too damn perfect. He's smart, gorgeous, kind, responsible and every other good thing you can imagine. It thrilled me to no end whenever he and Lola would get together in a scene, and I loved how they would banter. And, when he would get jealous? Gah, adorable! These parts became my favorites since they confirmed that he had feelings for Lola.
But even though that this book sounds like a big fluffy read, I'd like to point out that it's more than just a cute & romantic contemporary. Lola Carlyle's does deal with several issues, like of course addictions of every kind, how people battle with personal demons, and family problems. Problems that in Lola's world, and including our world, are very real. It's a well writen book that packs a whole lot.
As you can see, I loved every page of this book. I loved how it drew me in and made me have such a wonderful time in company of a crazy and lovable character who grows throughout the story yet never loses what makes her unique. Lola Carlyle's 12-Step Romance is a book I will highly recommend from now on to any YA contemporary reader. I won't even hesitate. It's sweet, funny, heart-warming and overall, incredibly awesome.
You MUST add it to your TBR!
About the Author
Danielle Younge-Ullman is a novelist, playwright and freelance writer. She studied English and Theater at McGill University, then returned to her hometown of Toronto to work as professional actor for ten years. Danielle’s short story, Reconciliation, was published in MODERN MORSELS—a McGraw-Hill Anthology for young adults—in 2012, her one-act play, 7 Acts of Intercourse, debuted at Toronto's SummerWorks Festival in 2005, and her adult novel, FALLING UNDER, was published by Penguin in 2008. Danielle lives in Toronto with her husband and two daughters.
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