Thursday, August 15, 2013

[Book Review] Love Rehab

Love Rehab
Author: Jo Piazza
Date Published: June 4, 2013
Publisher: Open Road Media
Source: ARC
Genre: Chick-Lit, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★★★

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Book Information:
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.
A bad break-up that's so realistic, it's so funny!

Everything began when female protagonist, Sophie, got dumped by her boyfriend because of his floozy secretary with D-cups. Of course Sophie didn't take it lightly. I mean, who would? So then, Sophie did what every heartbroken woman do: she flooded her ex's phone, stalked him on Facebook, begged him to take her back, cried her heart out and wallowed in a sea of pity. She also did all of the crazily cliche stuff that jilted women were known to do. (Even to the point of posting her ex's wiener online. LOL.)

In a bid to recover from heartbreak, a brilliant idea popped into Sophie's head when she was forced to attend an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting with her friend Annie. She decided to start her own group for love addicts, hence, the Love Addicts Anonymous was born.

What I liked about this book is that it realistically depicted the crazy stuff that heartbroken women do. Logic was literally thrown out of the window and insane things abound!

Personally, I know that being heartbroken is a very hard struggle, but in this book, heartbreak is being treated like a problem with a solution, contrary to the usual approach of letting time heal the wounds.

Character-wise, I love Sophie. She had her crazy moments, but she decided to take matters into her hands and be pro-active. This was really courageous of her, considering that she was such a wreck after her boyfriend broke up with her.

I also love Annie and the rest of the supporting characters, the string of women who became members of the Love Addicts Anonymous and even Dr. Twelve Steps. I'll just say that a problem really does lighten up when you have people who support you, and the women of Love Addicts Anonymous found a kindred soul in each other because of Sophie. And when each of the character grew out of their heartbreaks, it was such a happy moment.

What I didn't like about this book though, is that despite depicting the craziness of a heartbroken woman, it failed to realistically portray the drama that ensues when several women come together. I mean, if a handful of women with problems come together under one roof, there's bound to be conflicts. In this book, I found none of those.

All in all, this was a really entertaining read. I have no doubt that everybody would be able to relate to the things that were depicted in this book.

1 comment:

  1. I haven't read this, but I so want to know the 12 rules :)) And I agree: Keeping away from Facebook is key to surviving a painful breakup :))


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