Love Rehab: A Novel in Twelve Steps by Jo Piazza ~ Review

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Title:  Love Rehab: A Novel in Twelve Steps
Author: Jo Piazza
Format:  Paperback and eBook
Publisher: Open Road Media E-riginal
Pages: 230
ISBN: 978-1453295076
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Contemporary Woman’s Fiction
Stars: 4
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About the Book:

Cyber-stalking, drive-bys, drunken text messaging, creating fake email accounts—you’re gonna have to face it, you’re addicted to love.

Sophie isn’t dealing with her breakup well. Dumped by her boyfriend, Eric, for his sexting, D-cupped, young Floozy McSecretary, Sophie leaves Manhattan and lands back in her hometown, crushed and pajama-clad, blaming herself and begging her ex for a second chance.

But when her best friend, Annie, gets in trouble for driving drunk and is forced to go to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, something clicks in Sophie’s strung-out mind. Women need love rehab, she realizes, to help fix the craziness that comes along with falling for someone.

If you start it, they will come. When she opens up her home to the obsessed and lovelorn, Sophie finds a way to help women out there who have overdosed on the wrong men—and she saves herself in the process.

Love is a drug and the only things that can save us are the steps, rules, and one another. Step one: Admit you have a problem, and keep the hell away from Facebook.

Book Review: 

This book started with a clever introduction into what NOT to do when a relationship ends. Drinking and begging by voicemail and text, creating tons of facebook accounts to stalk your ex. Sophie is the poster child of the what not to do crowd, and when her best friend steals the town’s police car in a drunken joy ride: it’s time to face the problem.

Both Sophie and Annie, friends since childhood, are addicted. Banding together to support one another, the two manage to find some salvation in the premise of sharing and openness that is the hallmark of a twelve step program.

Smart, funny and written with a sense of both having been there and the ridiculousness of the futile gestures, Piazza manages to keep the story moving forward, introducing us to new characters and their problems, and giving a healthy dose of “heal thyself” in their journey. The main characters of Sophie and Annie are well drawn and conceived, even as they come together and struggle for honesty and facing their problems. Adding in some very different, yet also broken women to stay and participate in the “Love Rehab” that is loosely based on AA and NA formats, with sharing, celebrations of milestones and encouragement, the group meetings are perfectly portrayed with lots of clever dialogue.

This was a quick, fun and well-crafted read that kept me alternating between nodding my head in that “I know them” and “that makes sense” moments and laughing at the humor and descriptions used. Piazza has created a book that is the perfect summer read, and one that should be handed out to all your girlfriends.

I received an eBook copy from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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