Lola Carlyle's 12-Step Romance
Ratings and Recommendations
Rating: 4 1/2 teacups
Book Club Worthy: Yes in Genre
Rehab like a spa? Lola is unsure what her friend is telling her, but to help her first crush and old friend Wade, she decides to fake an addiction to go to the same Rehab. Will Lola find a spa vacation or a little more reality than she wants?
Younge-Ullman handles a tough subject in a romantic wrapping and does a good job. If I could give this novel a 4 ½ I would. It will be getting the deserved rating on my book review blog. There were only a couple of things that kept me from giving it a 5. One issue I have is possibly because I have a Psychology degree. I see transference as the series legal issue it is and the damage it can actually do to a patient, especially an addictive personality. I will give in on this to some degree as Lola admitted to Adam from the beginning that she lied about her problem, although he does not believe her and they cross the line a couple of times. She was found in the end to be free of alcohol addiction and told a reason that she faked her addiction. Lastly, he does not have a license to practice Psychology and is working under a corrupt Program. The other thing I found unsettling is the way the celebrity cases were treated. I suppose that could actually happen, it is just a distressing aspect of the novel. I would have like to see more repercussions for this behavior and the correct behavior exemplified before the story ended.
This novel is a very good and appropriate teen romance with the exception of the above issues. Depending on the age of your teen or you, the teen, might wish to address those two issues with someone you trust to talk about them. If one or both of you are not sure, you could look up online the American Psychological Association (APA) rules on transference, unethical behavior, and investigate a possible career in Psychology. Who knows Lola and Adam may lead you to your future career. Just visit the above link to the APA website.
This is going to be for the teen that is mature enough to handle actual situations that may occur in a rehabilitation facility for various disorders a teen/young adult would face and like romance novels.
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