Lola Carlyle's 12-Step Romance by Danielle Younge-Ullman
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Teen
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 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.
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The 12 Steps, according to LOLA Alcohol Anonymous and many other addiction programs use the 12 Steps—ie 12 steps to getting and staying sober. Lola, the protagonist of my new YA novel, LOLA CARLYLE’S 12 STEP ROMANCE, fakes her way into rehab for a purpose other than treatment. She’s there for love. Well, she wants to help her crush, Wade Miller, get over whatever his problem is, but then ideally she hopes he’ll fall in love with her. So there are the official 12 Steps, and then there are Lola’s 12 Steps...
Step 1: Okay: this only works if you’re lonely and bored, and maybe a little bit secretly screwed up. (You might need to have some “issues” to be crazy enough to do this in the first place.) If you are all of those things, then step one is you need to find someone in rehab—ideally a cute boy—who needs rescuing—from himself/rehab/addiction itself. This is a two-birds-one-stone solution—you do a good deed, and ideally get a boyfriend out of it.
Step 2: Begin to fake symptoms of alcoholism.
Step 3: Order your “rehab” wardrobe so that you are ready when parents are finally convinced/concerned enough to notice your supposed addiction.
Step 4: If your parents are horribly slow to notice your increasingly atrocious and alarming behavior, stage your own intervention.
Step 5: Use every possible means to get sent to the rehab where your love interest/rescue mission is currently in treatment. (This part is key. Know where you’re going. Make sure it’s where your parents decide to send you or this could be a disaster.)
Step 6: Throw yourself headlong into fitness and spa treatments that will bring on intense glow, beauty, and relaxation in preparation for seeing boy. (This is the plan, anyway. Be prepared to be flexible.)
Step 7: Find love interest and dazzle him with aforementioned glow and beauty, and then...
Step 8: Help love interest kick his addiction. This should only require a few common sense conversations and maybe some long, sweet, walks on the beach. Easy peasy.
Step 9: Break whatever rules necessary and dodge consequences of breaking rules to make all of this happen. (How hard can it be?)
Step 10: Convince love interest, as he is kicking the addiction, that you are the absolute love of his life and he cannot live without you. Ignore any and all signs that he may be in worse shape than you expected, or more trouble than he’s worth. (Also...avoid becoming attracted to anyone else in rehab as this will complicate and confuse your mission.)
Step 11: Avoid, at all costs the biggest unforeseen consequence of faking your way into rehab, which is a massive emotional meltdown, brought on by all the unwanted therapy and programs aimed at proving to you that you are totally screwed up, even if you’re not an official addict.
12: Leave rehab with love interest, and live happily ever after. (That’s the plan, and you’re sticking to it.) To see how this works out for Lola... you guessed it—you’ll have to read the book!
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