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With a whip-smart narrative and bright, engaging characters, Danielle Younge-Ullman’s debut Y.A. novel, Lola Carlyle’s 12-Step Romance, will have you laughing all the way to recovery.

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 Carlyle's 12-step RomanceLola arrives at Sunrise Rehab intent 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—the ones she refuses to admit, even to 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.

In a place full of fragile, damaged people, Lola is in trouble. But like it or not, she will be rehabilitated. And along the way, she might just find herself, and love, if she can open her heart long enough to let it happen.

Danielle Younge-Ullman is a novelist, playwright and freelance writer who has always had a passion for books, language and storytelling.

Danielle studied English and Theater at McGill University in Montreal, then returned to her hometown of Toronto to work as professional actor for ten years. This was character-building time during which she held a wild variety of acting and non-acting jobs–everything from working on the stage and in independent films, to dubbing English voices for Japanese TV, to temping, to teaching Pilates.

Danielle is the author of the critically acclaimed adult novel, Falling Under, (Penguin, 2008), published a short story called “Reconciliation” in Modern Morsels, a McGraw-Hill Anthology for young adults, in 2012, and her one-act play, “7 Acts of Intercourse,” debuted at Toronto’s SummerWorks Festival in 2005.

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