6 May 2015

Blog Tour: Lola Carlyle's 12-Step Romance by Danielle Younge-Ullman with Review, Excerpt and a Giveaway

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We are hosting the blog tour of the book,  Lola Carlyle's 12-Step Romance by Danielle Younge-Ullman. In this blog tour, you'll find the review of this incredibly sweet book, followed by an an excerpt from the book and a cool giveaway. So scroll below to know more about Lola and her craziness.

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

Release Date: 05/05/15

Publication: Entangled Teen

Review: (4 out of 5 stars)

“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 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.

Lola wants to go to rehab and that too by faking an addiction. Why? Because, she wants to spend time with her long-time crush, Wade Miller. But things go haywire once Lola arrives at the rehab, where she becomes an actual patient instead of faking of being a patient.

FUN! In all capital letters! Lola's journey to be a fake person was so much fun to read. This book was mildly insightful, although I believe the author could have delved deeper into this world of rehabs and addiction, instead she chose to portray it with light humor.

The writing of the author is really alluring by layering the plot with hilarious and witty moments that will surely going to crack you up. The pacing of the book is also good but I felt the author could have narrated more about the characters' back story to support their acts and also to help us contemplate with them.

The characters are all okay, nothing too over-the-top or striking, Lola did annoy me in the beginning of the book, then eventually as I got to know about her, I liked her witticism and her quirky nature. She can be related to the regular typical teenage girls with a crush on some hot dude. Lola's crush turns out to be a pretty adorable one- Wade, he is mature who goes through a lot in his life and with all his addiction drama, I could only sympathize with this character.

The supporting characters are bit hazy and are difficult to relate to and I couldn't point a finger to the reasons behind their actions. Otherwise all of the characters are charming and funny and embody realistic attitude and emotions. And in short, the book features some myriad cast of characters whose flaws and weird personalities simply kept me engaged to the core of the book.

The romance is the most gripping factor in this book. The author have skillfully created a love-triangle between Lola and her crush, Wade and between Lola and her mentor, Adam. And the author have compassionately portrayed the chemistry between each of these pairs. Yeah it was sweet yet somewhat passionate, but overall it kept me hooked until the end.

Verdict: An entertaining as well as funny read with a mixture of some major addiction drama and romance-in-a-rehab. A must-read for all YA lovers.

Courtesy: I received the book for a blog tour. 

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The scene happens early in the book. Lola has run away from a therapy session in rehab, and snuck around trying to locate the boy she faked her way into rehab for—Wade Miller. She finds him, but unfortunately in a bad location—the bathroom. Which was really not the way she planned to see him for the first time.

I should be leaving, but my feet seem overly heavy and we’re kind of…staring at each other and he is so damn beautiful it’s hard to stop.
“Wait, do I…? You look familiar, except… No way, I would have remembered,” he says in a tone that makes me hot all over. “But it’s more like you…you seem familiar.”
“You think?”
“Yeah, I’m just trying to—” He breaks off as the door starts to open behind me.
“Shit!” I say, looking for somewhere to hide.
But Wade’s reflexes are fast, and in seconds, before the person on the other side actually gets in, his arms come on either side of me to push the door shut again.
Lucky me, I’m between him and it.
“Hey, what the fuck!” says a voice from outside.
“Listen, man, I need a minute.”
“Dude, let me in.”
“Come back in five. You don’t want to be in here, trust me,” Wade says, and mouths my roommate to me.
“Okay, whatev,” the guy says. “Thanks for nothing.”
And then things get quiet again. Quiet with me essentially pinned to the door by Wade. Not counting the peeing thing, this bathroom venue is turning out much better than I expected.
Now if I could only breathe.
He looks down at me.
“Thanks,” I say, trying to stay cool despite the record levels of hormones screaming through my veins.
“So,” he says, still right up in front of me, “you said you were lost?”
I nod.
“You’re really lost,” he says.
“It takes a special talent to get this lost. I mean, you ended up in a men’s bathroom on the other side of the compound.”
“It’s my first day,” I say, as if this explains it.
“What are you going to do on your second?”
I grin. “Don’t know. You have any suggestions? Because I plan to get lost every time I have therapy.”
His eyes widen and sadly, he takes a step back to look at me.
“You ditched therapy? On your first day?”
“Kind of. Yeah.”
“Uh, that’s not exactly the height of compliance.”
“Hey, I’ll comply. I’ll do yoga and group and swimming and ‘Vision.’ I’m not going to drink or do any drugs. I just don’t want therapy. I don’t need it.”
“At the rate you’re going, you’re going to have it twice a day.”
“Not possible. I’m going to be way too busy doing downward dog and rock climbing. Assuming I can get back to the girls’ dorms.”
“You need some help?”
I draw myself up. “Do I look like I need help?”
“Don’t answer that,” I say, and reach for the door handle.
“Let me check the hall for you at least,” he says.
“No, I’m good,” I say. “But you’re very cute to offer, W.A.D.E. Very cute in general. They should give you a bigger part on that show of yours.”
“Actually, I’m the le—”
And that’s when I kiss him.
I swoop up, give him a fast but firm kiss on the lips, then pull away and open the door while he stands there, blinking.
“Hmm,” I say, doing my best not to hyperventilate or, God forbid, swoon, “not bad.”
“Not bad?”
“Yeah,” I say with a casual shrug. “It’ll do.”  

Author Info:

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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