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Lola Carlyle's 12-Step Romance

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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 sole
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Entangled: Teen
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Lola Carlyle is bored over her summer. Her friend Sydney calls her from rehab and let's her know what a dream her stay there is. Just like a spa, with massages, facials and the best part? Lola's crush Wade Miller has taken time off filming and checked himself in.
"No, listen, rehab is the new 'vacation.' Everyone's going these days."
"Not if they have no addictions."
"Sure they do. People go for just about anything. Gambling, internet addiction, eating disorders, cutting, prescription drugs. They
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
“At the bottom of every person's dependency, there is always pain, Discovering the pain and healing it is an essential step in ending dependency.”

----Chris Prentiss

Danielle Younge-Ullman, a Canadian author, pens her new novel, Lola Carlyle's 12-Step Romance that traces the journey of a young girl who fakes an addiction to get into a rehab to be closer to the guy she likes.


Lola Carlyle is lonely, out of sorts, and in for a boring summer. So when her best friend, Sydney, calls to rav
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing. For something that looks like cheesy chick lit, it's so much more than I expected. The story goes from Lola faking her way into rehab, to a beautiful self discovery, and I can't even put into words how much I enjoyed it.

At first, the characters seem fairly weak; just Lola, her mother, and her best friend Sydney, who are all kind of one dimensional, and difficult to get attached to. BUT this is definitely one of those stories that you have to stick with, and at the half way
Shannon (kitchandpages)
full review to come
I almost put this down a couple times but I wanted to give the main character a chance. I liked the setting and thought it was unique to have a YA contemporary set in a rehab setting. I guess my issues come from the fact that rehab wasn't taken seriously enough and I wanted the main character to grow more. The second half of the book definitely improved and kept me interested until the end.
Rhea Dsouza
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All YA readers :)
Shelves: arc
“Celebu-spawn” Lola Carlyle is afraid of nothing and no one. And so she checks into the spa-like Sunrise Rehab, with the intention of helping Wade Miller, the love of her life, and hanging out with her best friend Sydney.

Except, Sunrise Rehab isn’t a spa, it’s a rehab and Sydney is long gone. So now, Lola’s stuck with Mr. Mentor - Adam, a duo of unpredictable roommates and a massive craving for chocolate.

So, so many times during the first 15% of the book, I wanted to give this book up and not wa
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
I'm not one of those readers who expect their main characters to be without any major flaws. I want them to be selfish for once because I am sick and tired of running from the truth- we are all flawed even if we pretend we're not.

A couple of days ago I read The Heir and the MC was a huge brat but the way she behaved made me love here even more. She wasn't trying to hurt anyone. She was just the way she was and I think that's what is most important-being true to yourself. Same thing happened wit
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If we're being completely honest, I didn't think that I was going to like this book. I have had friends go to rehab to deal with drug abuse, and I was really concerned about reading a book where the initial plot is a girl faking her way in to save a boy from himself. But no matter how much I concerned myself, I couldn't resist giving it a read. I'm so glad I did: there is way more to this book than meets the eye.

I would still categorize this novel as a young adult romance. Lola fakes her way in
#insixwords I was pleasantly surprised with this

I will be writing an actual review closer to the pub date
Melissa (thereaderandthechef)
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
Veronica of V's Reads
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N.N. Light
It’s that time of the year when beach reads/women’s fiction/chick lit are high on my To Be Read bookshelf. Why? The weather is warmer and I am in the mood for light, fun books. While this book may not immediately seem to fit my profile, I was laughing right along with it.

Lola’s friend, Sydney, calls to tell her what a wonderful time she’s having in rehab. Lola can’t believe her ears. Rehab fun??? The more Sydney talks about it, the more Lola is dying to escape her reality. A plan develops and so
Sarah (Head Stuck In A Book)
Lola Carlyle's 12-Step Romance was a delightful surprise, I was intrigued of course by the concept and enjoyed the story a whole lot more than I expected.

That was in part to Danielle's delightfully amusing lead character Lola, the daughter of two famous actors who are now divorced and seemingly oblivious to the lack of time and attention they pay to Lola, so when Lola's best-friend Sydney calls her from rehab telling her that Wade Miller an actor she befriended years ago whilst helping him on hi
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, read-in-2014
3.5-4 fake addiction stars!

I really enjoyed this book.. lots of hilarious moments, and equally serious ones. I had a few problems with the book, especially with Sydney (Lola's bestfriend), and Jade (rehab roommate).. Nothing was clarified on what their stories were, especially with Jade, she hated Lola and kept saying a lot of things that were not explained. I don't want to give a lot away as the book is due to be published in May 2015, so there might be some changes!

My other issue is that the
Jessica (Stuck in Books)
I loved this book way more than I was expecting to. Such a great, funny, romantic story. I am seriously feeling loads of love right now.

Full review will be posted closer to release date! :)
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-releases
When I first learned about this book, I was intrigued by the premise. Though it wasn’t exactly what I expected and there were some moments that annoyed me, this book ended up being a really fun, cute and enlightening read. I really liked the characters, as well as the author’s writing style.

In the beginning, it was really hard to like Lola. She was very Stereotypical Hollywood: rich, a bit snobby/spoiled/entitled. I mean.. she wanted to go to rehab just so she could go on a “spa-like vacation.”
Michelle Wrona
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I constantly find myself reading books about cheesy romances. I originally picked this one up because of the many positive reviews that have been floating around the bookish blogosphere. It's not a Michelle-read, that's for sure. Danielle Younge-Ullman's Lola Carlyle's 12-Step Romance sits around with the weakest kind of concept and plot that I've read about in a long time. Sociologists should definitely take a look a
sil ♡ the book voyagers

I am so blessed to have been approved for this book. Thank you!!! *gah* I can't believe how much I enjoyed Lola's story. I thought it was going to be yet again a trying-to-be-funny, cheesy romance and lots of cringe-y moments. BUT OH HELL NO. I am saying this because it is true: I am so happy I got to finish my 2014 with Lola Carlyle's story.

Lola's inner voice and persona is probably one of my favorite out there. Her character was my top of the ice cream, the cherry on top, the chocolate fudge
Aanchal (Book Flame)
4.5 Stars
Okay so I'm not going to lie when I first picked this book up I read maybe a chapter of it and put it back down and didn't really pick it back up until a few weeks later and I don't know but maybe when I picked it up the first time, I wasn't in the right mindset to read it but the second time around I stuck with it and really enjoyed the hell out of it.

Lola is flawed down to the core and she comes from parents who are very well known in the celebrity world with her dad being some big t
Paula  Phillips
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lola Carlyle is sick of being the odd one out and the one left behind, so when her friend suggests spending the summer in rehab which as her friend Sydney describes it "a spa for celebrities" and that her childhood crush and best friend Wade Miller is there recuperating, there is only one thing Lola needs to do is fake being an alcoholic and be sent there. The plan works and the next thing she knows , she is spending her summer at Sunrise. The thing is that it's nothing like Sydney said and Sydn ...more
Diesel Reads Books
I have to admit when I first received this book, I thought it was going to be a cheesy chick flick dumb girl goes to rehab and hits on boy, type of junk but man was I surprised.

The story is actually really well written and the characters are immensely engaging.
Lola is a super fun lead to take this journey with. Her humor alone was enough to charm me, but put all her extra layers on top of that and you have receipt for excellence. She is funny, charming, sarcastic, a pain in the arse and a joy to
Nov 27, 2014 marked it as to-read
It's not yet on GR, so here's the description:

Lola Carlyle is lonely, out of sorts, and in for a boring summer. So when her best friend Sydney calls to rave about the fun she’s having at a luxurious Malibu rehab (it’s basically a spa!) and reveals that the love of Lola’s life, Wade Miller, is being admitted, Lola knows what she has to do. Never mind that her worst addiction is decaf cappuccino; Lola is going to rehab.
Lola fakes her way into Sunrise Rehab, only to discover she’s actually expected
May 02, 2015 rated it liked it
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Lola Carlyle's 12-Step Romance was one of those surprising young adults book that I found enjoyable. This was definitely a coming of age story where a heroine goes on a journey of self discovery with a side of romance. Though this book had a romance factor intertwine into the story-line but I don't think it was the main aspect since I found Lola's journey to be more intriguing. I love how we were able to see the personal g
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very surprised by this book. I started out thinking it would be a DNF. The idea of faking an addiction to get a boy seemed horrible when so many people actually do need help. However, it became a really funny, quirky story of Lola's growth. When it came down to it, she did need the Sunrise Center and met some real people along the way. Not those affected by fame, image, and money like her parents. I can't write about this book without mentioning Adam. Adam! He was key in helping Lola deal ...more
Dec 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The concept of this book just sounded so ridiculous I had to pick it up. I was expecting a funny, light read and that's what I got and it was honestly so much fun!
The main character was a perfect balance between a stereotypical child of a celebrity child while still being really likeable, awesome and not annoyingly over the top.
I was also taken by suprise in a good way, with the fact that this story was wat more than I was expecting. Honestly, the romance isn't even that big of a part in
Nov 20, 2014 marked it as to-read
Shelves: young-adult
I've no idea what this will be about, but - it's Danielle Younge-Ullman, and that means I'm reading it, whatever it is! ...more
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lola Carlyle is a character that I wanted to slap around so many times in this book. She is a typical spoiled Hollywood brat who manipulates and cajoles to get her way. What is interesting is Lola is in a broken home after divorce because her mother is in a same sex relationship. Her best friend Sydney calls Lola from rehab saying that its the best and she talks about getting spa time. Oh and her celebrity crush Wade is there too. To get into rehab, Lola fakes a drinking addiction to get sent to ...more
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was...a shit book. The writing was clunky, the romance was cringy, and the way it dealt with mental illness and addiction was problematic at best. So why didn't I give this one star? Well, it was weirdly addictive. It has that cute-YA-contemporary-style writing that certainly isn't quality, but it's fun and easy to read. Also, Lola, the main character, was a nice character to read about. As awful as the other characters were, Lola felt fully developed and her mental state and well-being was ...more
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
I'm in a bad reading slump and this book was so, so dumb but I needed to finish SOMETHING ya feel.
It wasn't entirely bad but I don't understand the romance because the guy was great but the girl was horrible. Also her development was spotty. And with the ending it kind of felt like the book was pointless????
Idk it was rough and took forever but it's done and I think it helped my slump a little.
Pui Kim
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, chick-lit
Lola is such a huge mess and although it's easy to tell how much of a spoiled brat she is, I really liked her personality. I loved how witty she was and how funny her jokes were although she was trying to hide the fact that she was deeply affected by her problems. Her attitude is so 'whatever, I'll just handle it when it comes' which I really liked.

I also liked how serious Adam was about his job. Lola makes his life so difficult but he still tries to do his job as her mentor.
Mandy Moffat
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A really enjoyable read, highly recommended.
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Danielle Younge-Ullman is the award-winning author of the young adult novels, HE MUST LIKE YOU (July 2020), EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL IS NOT RUINED (2018), LOLA CARLYLE’S 12 STEP ROMANCE (2015), and the adult novel, FALLING UNDER (2008). Danielle’s work has been published internationally, won the White Pine and Earphone awards, and been nominated for multiple awards and best-of lists, including the Gov ...more

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