For anyone who has ever overdosed on love—or planned the wedding before the second date—Jo Piazza’s dazzling debut novel is a must-read. 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.
Paperback, 230 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Open Road Media E-riginal (first published January 22nd 2013).
Source: Publisher for an honest review
Three and a half stars: A fun, witty book with some surprisingly helpful tips on dating, relationships and surviving a broken heart.
After a night of drunken complaining about her ex and pasting naked photographs of his man parts on the internet, Sophie decides that perhaps it is time to make a change. Her best friend, Annie, lands in a bit of hot water and must go to Alcoholics Anonymous. Annie drags Sophie to the meeting and Sophie ends up unburdening herself to the group by pretending her ex boyfriend is alcohol. This leads her to believe that love is every bit as addictive as drugs or alcohol, and to overcome it she decides to form her own love rehab support group. Can a group of broken hearted women come together, heal and learn from each other's dating and relationship mistakes?
What I Liked:
- This is a fast, fun read that brings you the embarrassing, painful and desperate actions that many women go through while suffering a heart break. How many times can you call or text in one day pleading for him to give you another chance? Drunk dialing, anyone? Facebook, twitter or instagram stalking? If this sounds familiar, perhaps you should give this a book a read. There are plenty revealations that will make you laugh and you may relate to more than a few things, but aside from the antics there is a lot of heart in this book. As the women come together and share, they learn some surprising things about men, women and relationships. This might just be your ticket to healing that broken heart. Even if you aren't suffering from heartbreak, this is still an entertaining and educational read. I certainly learned a great deal about the differences between men and women and how they view relationships.
- I enjoyed the many references to pop culture in this one. For instance, the women vow to swear off reality tv shows, especially one called The Husband which is essentially The Bachelor. They realize how unrealistic and even detrimental these types of dating shows are for those looking to find love. Analyzing and breaking down these reality shows reveals just how ridiculous they are. (That is why I personally never watch them). Also everything you need to know about love cannot be found in romantic comedies. I thoroughly enjoyed how the women compared these media ideas of love and romance to real life.
- I loved all the character growth. In the beginning, Sophie is a broken hearted, sweat pant wearing, depressed and even pathetic love refugee as she desperately tries to win back her own boyfriend. She spends hours every day stalking her ex's new girlfriend on social media. Her own life is in shatters and she is consumed with trying to get back her so called perfect relationship. However, once she forms the Love Rehab group, she begins to see things in a new light. Perhaps her perfect relationship wasn't so perfect after all, maybe it she was more in love with the idea of being in love than she was with the actual man. Progressively, Sophie peels back years of failed relationships and sees things in a whole new light, and she is not alone. The other women in the group do the same and by the end you have a group of healthy, recovered love addicts who are hopefully on their way to finding love at last.
- I loved Dave. He is a man whore and makes no apologies, but there is certainly more to him than meets the eye. I enjoyed his tips for the women on dating men because they were honest, realistic, and funny. His view point shows just how far apart men and women are when it comes to romance. I especially liked learning the reasons for his behavior.
- I liked the romance in this one. It moves at a slow pace and it stutters and hesitates which is perfect because let's face it, the last thing a woman needs after heartbreak is a rebound relationship. I thought the romance worked and I was glad that Sophie didn't rush into a new relationship.
And The Not So Much:
- I felt like there was a bit too much going on at times. A whole group of women come together and start sharing their stories, and it was difficult to keep track of everyone. Some characters were just there to share a funny story and then they were forgotten. I would have much preferred to see the group remain small, perhaps five or six women and the focus more concise. I found that I only kept up with and cared about a couple of the women in the group and the rest were forgettable.
- At the end the book flashes forward six months in order to catch up with the women down the road after the love rehab session. While I was pleased with most of the developments, I didn't like that one of the women in the group was all of sudden getting married to someone she had just recently started dating. I liked the happy ending, but I thought that after everything the women had learned about dating and relationships that they wouldn't be so quick to jump into a marriage after less than six months, it just felt wrong after all of that.
- Annie, Sophie's drunk, lesbian friend is a hilarious character. She is not suffering from love addiction, but she must overcome her own demon: alcohol. I found myself wishing that she had a bigger role in the book. I would certainly have liked to hear more of her views on dating.
Love Rehab is the perfect book for anyone who is struggling with heartbreak. This book humorously deals with all the ridiculous things that men and women put themselves through when it comes to dating and love. I think most people can relate to some things in this book. This book while make you laugh while it teaches you some insightful things about relationships and the differences between men and women. So pick it up and give it a go!
"But even after that we still saw each other on holidays and found ways to work together at the local water park on our summer vacations. Annie's job was actually to tell larger women they were too fat to fid down the waterslide. She reveled in it."
"I made a mental note not to assume people are just fat. Of course it is better than assuming someone is pregnant, since calling someone pregnant when they are not in fact pregnant is tantamount to calling them fat anyway."
"I couldn't help but think that the labyrinth was like any relationship. Just when you think you're getting close to something, all of a sudden a twist or a turn can put you right back where you started. And that had to be OK, or you would never get to the good stuff."
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.