The Synopsis: “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 Review: I was leery going into this one. I mean, rehab? That’s a pretty touchy subject. I can’t really imagine a less romantic place to fall in love (well, I can think of a few but, still…) and it seemed kind of like an inappropriate place to base a teenage romance. Lola is a rich and spoiled child of a Hollywood train-wreck wedding straight out of the tabloids. She’s bored with life, frustrated with adults, and ready for something else. Her best friend convinces her to join her at a rehab facility for rich kids, and oddly enough Lola thinks its a great idea (turns out her childhood crush is there. Woo! Rehab, here she comes!). The rest of the book is all about Lola trying to find summer love with her crush and to convince the rehab people that she isn’t faking. I found the characters pretty unbelievable, to be honest with you. I mean, I’m not a child of Hollywood, so who knows? Maybe the type of attitudes we see in Lola and her family/friends is normal for that scene. I thought that the romance aspect of the book was pretty unbelievable as well. On the upside, this book takes a good turn when Lola discovers more about herself as a result of the therapy she has to go through. One of her counselors plays a big role in this, and he also drives Lola up the wall in the process. They clash heads a lot. By the end of the book, I was feeling ‘bleh’ about how her romance ended. I won’t spoil for you, but it was pretty unrealistic. I was happy with the person Lola becomes, though. I think the author would have been more successful at making the story believable if she had focused more on Lola’s self discovery rather than all of the boy stuff.
The Conclusion: Read this if you’re into: Closure, happy romantic endings, and self discovery.
Don’t read this if you can’t stand: Spoiled main characters, unrealistic romantic relationships, and the thought of dating in rehab
The Rating: A solid 3 out of 5 stars, because Lola did go through a ton of self discovery and came out on top
My Spoiler for this Book: Lola Carlyle’s 12-Step Romance Spoiler
Author’s Amazon Page: Danielle Younge-Ullman