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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Piazza's fiction debut is set in New Jersey and tells the story of Sophie who is struggling to cope with her latest heart break: dumped by her boyfriend of two-years Eric and traded in for his assistant, a real doozy. Sophie realizes she's hit rock bottom after the night that on a drunken whim she decides to post revealing pictures of Eric's lower half on the internet. When her best friend Annie is arrested for drunk driving and mandated to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, Sophie is inspired to start a help group of her own: Love Addicts Anonymous. With the support of Annie and Joe, a therapist also attending AA, Sophie uses the house she inherited from her grandmother to host meetings, which quickly become popular with Love Addicts in the area. Just when Sophie thinks she's making progress, she realizes she may be falling for Joe. To make things more complicated, she also gets a call from Eric: he's made a mistake and he needs to see her again. But with the help of LAA and their rules of rehab, Sophie may be able to get past the hurdle without getting hurt. While not the most promethean of reads, Piazza does a fantastic job injecting humor into the topic of heartbreak. This breezy read will bring a laugh to anyone who has known the trials of love. (June)
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“If you’ve ever had your heart broken and then cut your own bangs, read this book. I laughed so hard I made people around me uncomfortable.” —Paula Froelich, New York Times–bestselling author of Mercury in Retrograde

Love Rehab is for anyone who has experienced heartache, heartbreak, or made some not so savvy decisions in the romance department—in other words, everyone.” —Dana Ravich, coauthor of The Weekend Makeover: Get a Brand New Life by Monday Morning

“Anyone who has ever spent an entire evening deep Googling an ex will relate to Jo Piazza’s hilarious and relevant new book. The women who populate Love Rehab are sharp and wonderful hot messes, and you will enjoy hanging out with them while cringing at their missteps.” —Jessica Grose, author of Sad Desk Salad

“Reading Love Rehab is like settling in for one of those awesomely long booze-fueled gossip-y brunches with your girlfriends. Whether you’re happy in love or still searching for it you'll probably take some comfort in Love Rehab—and maybe even wish it really existed.” —Leah Chernikoff, executive editor, Fashionista.com

Love Rehab will appeal to everyone who’s ever loved and lost . . . and then refused to lose. That rare romantic comedy that has equal parts humor and heart, brought to life by writing filled with wit and empathy. A terrific debut.” —Jason Pinter, bestselling author of The Mark

“After reading Love Rehab I know I can officially be marked as a ‘hopeless romantic pushover’ because I love seeking a happily-ever-after ending! But this one surprised me!” —Dr. Gilda Carle, The Today Show’s 30-Second Therapist

“You will immediately recognize the characters in this funny and touching book. And if you’re smart, you’ll defriend them on Facebook.” —Ben Widdicome, editor in chief, Gilt City

“What grabbed me first? This book made me feel like I might die if I didn’t read it right now.” —Jason Rice, Three Guys One Book

“Piazza does a fantastic job injecting humor into the topic of heartbreak. This breezy read will bring a laugh to anyone who has known the trials of love.” —Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453287613
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Publication date: 6/4/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 230
  • Sales rank: 336,256
  • File size: 434 KB

Meet the Author

Jo Piazza is the author of the acclaimed Celebrity, Inc.: How Famous People Make Money and a novel, Love Rehab. She is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal and her work has appeared in the New York TimesNew York magazine, GlamourGotham, the Daily Beast, and Slate. She has also appeared as a commentator on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and NPR.

Piazza holds an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s in journalism from Columbia University, and a master’s in religious studies from New York University. She lives in New York City with her giant dog.
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Love Rehab

a novel in twelve steps


By Jo Piazza

OPEN ROAD INTEGRATED MEDIA

Copyright © 2013 Jo Piazza
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4532-8761-3



CHAPTER 1

Admit you are powerless and your life is unmanageable


Annie and I hit rock bottom the same week. She sucked down enough tequila to incapacitate a three-hundred-pound sailor while I overdosed on a very bad man. Neither of us thought what we were doing was self-destructive until it became too, too obvious that it was.

Too, too obvious started on a Tuesday night in July.

I was curled into a human nest on the couch—legs crossed over each other, arms looped through bent knees, hair in a state of serious unwash—waiting for a reply text to a message I had sent hours earlier. I had resorted to playing childish games with the iPhone. If I turned off the ringer and flipped the phone upside down, then maybe I could force the appearance of a new message when I broke down and flipped it over ... every thirty seconds.

I cleared out junk mail (those near-daily quivers you get from Match.com if you've even glanced sideways at their site in the past ten years) and old texts from my parents in the irrational hope that by creating space on the phone something new would appear.

The message I had sent, the one I was waiting for a reply to, was a pathetic kind of message begging for one more conversation to prolong the continuing breakup with my boyfriend, Eric—a breakup he desperately wanted and I didn't.

This breaking-up discussion began in person with me storming out of his apartment. It continued over exactly six and a half hours of phone calls that became increasingly more one-sided and had moved first to Gchats and now to text messaging—the devolution of a relationship in the digital age. It's funny how they always end the way they start out.

Our text messaging was all I had left.

See, even though I was the one to storm out of his apartment, I didn't want to break up. I thought the storming and the eruption would lead to some grand gesture or admission of undying love and devotion and a desire to move in together, buy rings, have babies.

It was pathetic, because I should not have wanted these things with this man. I had found a litany of e-mails between him and his assistant—dubbed by Annie (who, by the way, is my best friend), Floozy McSecretary (actual name Lacey, a complete bullshit name, which will henceforth not be repeated ... because it sounds like a hooker name).

Why was I the one begging and pleading for our two-year relationship to continue another day when he was the one who cheated? I did tell you I was approaching rock bottom. I don't actually know where the phrase "rock bottom" comes from. Because I design children's books for a living, I have this tendency to illustrate certain phrases or situations in my head. I have always pictured "rock bottom" as a situation where your actual backside turns into a pile of rocks so heavy you can't move and are stuck in one horrible, really bad place, with a big pebbly behind! That kind of thing would weigh anyone down.

What I know now is that crazy "in love" people make bad decisions, and I was making my Eric decisions with my ass firmly implanted in a pair of bad idea jeans. I somehow convinced myself his cheating was my fault. I had been away from my real life in Manhattan for a whole month since my grandmother passed away. I was taking care of her estate back in my hometown in New Jersey (NOT THAT HE COULDN'T HAVE COME OUT TO NEW JERSEY!), trying to figure out what to do with a giant six-bedroom Victorian house with a widow's walk and wraparound veranda that needed about as much fixing up as my self-esteem. Grandma's entire block was like a lineup of discarded ex-girlfriends who had once been adored when they were shiny and new, and then turned in for something sleeker with more reliable plumbing. No one seemed to want giant six-bedroom old houses anymore in New Jersey. People in New Jersey all wanted the new style McMansion with its granite countertops, Sub-Zero fridges, and large breasts (I mean three-car garages). My parents had already semiretired to Florida and were clueless when it came to contracts and real estate. I think my grandmother's last joke on me was to bring me back to New Jersey and turn me into a spinster in her former house.

Grandma, who actually insisted that I refer to her as Eleanor in public because having a granddaughter meant you were old, was never a spinster even when she reached the proper age when one should actually be a spinster and surround herself with cats and crocheted things. Ever since my grandfather passed away when I was six, Eleanor was the Blanche Devereaux of our town, shacking up with every newly available widower as soon as they came onto the market. Men adored her. They simply doted on her with flowers and presents and trips to West Palm Beach.

Growing up watching her I got the impression that dating should be all about the man courting the woman and showering her with limitless attention.

That's definitely only true for senior citizens.

She would have hated the way I was plodding through the now dusty rooms like a modern-day Miss Havisham—if Miss Havisham had been partial to a hole-riddled Juicy Couture tracksuit that smelled like Doritos. A moth-eaten wedding dress would have been an improvement.

But as a I wore a groove into the wooden floors with all my plodding, I had developed some theories about why my relationship ended—eleven different theories in all to be exact (only two of which were outlined to Eric in detail over a series of text messages). My latest brainstorm was that the blame couldn't be put onto Floozy at all. I had seen enough episodes of Dr. Phil to know that cheating was always symptomatic of something gone wrong in a relationship. Floozy was a symptom. I was the problem. I was an absentee girlfriend. If only I had returned sooner and made my relationship a priority, then Floozy never would have been able to sink her acrylic French manicure into Eric.

Objectively I did understand what a red-blooded American man saw in Floozy. She was blond to my brunette, blue eyed to my murky hazel, big boobed to my modest B-cups, and twenty-three to my thirty. She wasn't shy about showing off her ample assets either. Before rock bottom swiftly approached along with the night of the unreturned text messages, back in the halcyon early days of our courtship, I would stop into Eric's Midtown hedge fund office for lunch and there they would be, Floozy's D-cups popping out of an assortment of unitards made of a material closely related to Saran Wrap. They were truly a wonder to behold. Given enough grappa I probably would have reached out and touched one. When I illustrated Floozy in my head—fairly often I caricatured the two of them together, often in peril—those boobs were so immense and disproportionate to her little blond head that she fell on her face, before being eaten by a lion.

I contend that you can tell a lot about people and what is most important to them by the first question they ask you when you meet them. I'm easy. I usually ask people how their day is going. It's boring, I know, but I actually do care what kind of day most people are having. I genuinely appreciate people being happy and feeling good.

There are the people who long for their teenage glory days, who always ask you what high school you attended. This is often very important for people who went to high school where things like football were a big deal or for people who went to very fancy boarding schools in western Massachusetts.

Then there are the people who ask you where you went to college. This is more customary than high school and less specific (since who really cared that I went to Valley Green High in Yardville, New Jersey, home of the fighting Challengers, awkwardly named for the long-ago exploded space shuttle). College gives strangers a common ground. It lets people play the name game, which is always a nice icebreaker.

"Do you know Susie Goldberg?"

"Of course I know Susie Goldberg. She lived on my hall freshman year. She was so outgoing."

And then in hushed tones the other person adds: "Yeah, superoutgoing. Was she still a little bit of a ... you know. Was she popular?"

"Oh my God, Susie totally got around freshman year. One time at a Phi Delt rush event, two guys and a midget stripper ... "

And then you were clinking beer glasses and becoming shot-doing friends with this random person all because you were able to bond over Susie Goldberg (now a mother of two, happily living in Greenwich, CT) being a whore. The college question is a good one, except when associating with people from Harvard.

Harvard people like to say: "I went to school in Cambridge." Of course, everyone knows that means Harvard because there is only one school in Cambridge. The not saying of Harvard somehow becomes more pretentious than the saying of Harvard and then you have to hate that person. I once had hate sex with a guy who did the whole "I went to Cambridge" thing. He gave me crabs.

The first question Floozy asked me was where I went to the gym. I mumbled something about a Crunch, because seven years ago I had stopped in to activate a free monthly pass and taken an ill-fated Zumba class at the Crunch gym in the East Village. I don't care what Madonna says about the benefits of Zumba—white girls from New Jersey with two left feet shouldn't partake in the art of Brazilian dance. I could hardly sit down for a week.

Floozy was also always supernice to me, which made the betrayal part of this whole thing a little bit worse. Since she organized Eric's calendar, I knew it was her who remembered my birthday and sent daisies to my apartment (since I didn't like roses) and who made dinner reservations for my parents' anniversary.

What a bitch.

Around three in the morning, as my shame spiral was finally starting to settle in for the evening, and I teetered in and out of sleep, twitching at any vibration from the general direction of my phone, I was startled by the blue-and-red flashing lights of the town sheriff's car on the front lawn.

What time was it? Four a.m.? Shit. Eric had gotten a restraining order against me? I had only sent ten, maybe eleven messages in the last ten hours. One an hour. What's the statute for texts? Is it like wine? You can send one every sixty minutes and not increase your blood crazy level above the legal limit? It was hardly restraining order--worthy. I peeled myself away from the plastic-covered couch I was too lazy to de-plastic and almost fell on my face, my left leg asleep. The police car was parked askew in the driveway, and it didn't look like there was even anyone in it.

This was the beginning of a horror movie. Sad, sad rejected girl with ratty hair lured outside by fake police officer to be killed by mad man with a hook for a hand. I wasn't going to let that thought keep me from going outside. Captain Hook was currently the least of my adversaries. Mine were big-boobed, love-of-my-life-stealing administrative assistants. Besides, the pretty blondes are almost always the first killed in those kinds of movies. I was too dowdy to be taken out. If Floozy were here, she would have been fucked. I padded down the cobblestone walkway in bare feet without bothering to flick on the porch light. Getting closer, I saw a figure slumped over the steering wheel. Captain Hook took a nap before bludgeoning? Maybe he saw me in the window and decided I wasn't worth a bludgeon? God, my self-esteem was in the gutter.

Hook also had distinctive red curls that even in the streetlight screamed, "Fire, Danger, Step back or I'll cut you." I knew those curls. I had been braiding them into pigtails since I was seven years old.

I met Annie Capaletti in the second grade when she saved me from what could have been a completely embarrassing and wholly defining moment for me as the new girl in town. My family had just moved to Yardville, New Jersey, from the Chicago suburbs. We had driven the fourteen-hour trip in a single day in our Ford minivan; our small family of four was helmed by a father who was too cheap to shell out $59 for an Econo Lodge. My brother and I were so cranky and ornery (remember this was back in the days before family cars had DVD players) that my mom broke her cardinal rule of not allowing us to eat fast food and let us have Happy Meals four times along the way. Those delicious burgers with their waxy yellow cheese and chicken nuggets in the shape of an old man's thumb quieted us down but also wreaked havoc on our faux-food virgin bellies. And so I sat in my first day of second grade with a grumbly, fussy stomach and no idea where the bathroom was in this new strange school building.

I held it in. I held it in all through the Pledge of Allegiance and roll call and when Miss Sherman called me in front of the class to introduce me. By that point I was shuffling from foot to foot as I smiled shyly, praying that Miss Sherman would pull me aside to show me around the school before we began the lessons for the day—making the bathroom tour a priority. But the completely clueless Miss Sherman just told me to take my seat.

That's when it happened. My stomach had different ideas than I did about how to impress my new classmates. Out escaped a low grumbly fart ... the kind of fart that can brand you a freak from the second to the twelfth grade and ensure the boys call you something horrible like Flatulate Face, Air Poop, or Log Leaver into puberty and beyond. A cute redhead with pigtail braids and a smattering of freckles across her nose was the first to react. She looked at me for a split second just as the snickers began and she moved into action. She put the heels of her palms to the middle of her heart-shaped mouth and vibrated her lips against them making a Pfffffffffttttttttttt! sound almost identical to the one that came out of my other end. The entire class let out the laugh they had been about to release for the first noise and assumed Annie had just made them both. Miss Sherman stared down at the little redhead with a look of consternation.

"Miss Capaletti, I believe you know your way to the principal's office, don't you?" she brayed down at the girl.

"Sure do."

And with that Annie stood up, gave me a wink, and marched out of the classroom to collect her punishment. I later learned she was sentenced to an afternoon of clapping out erasers, a task she said she never really minded anyway because she got to snoop on the teachers in the lounge after class let out.

That particular day she heard Miss Sherman declare her love for Principal Nailer to the school nurse.

From then on I was completely indebted to and in love with Annie. We did everything together until I left Yardville for college at Villanova and she went to Boston for culinary school. But even after that we still saw each other on holidays and found ways to work together at the local waterpark on our summer vacations. Annie's job was actually to tell larger women they were too fat to fit down the waterslide. She reveled in it.

Annie was the first person I called when my mom told me the news that my grandmother had died from a prolonged battle with colon cancer, and she had visited me almost every day that I had been staying in town.

How the hell did Annie end up in a police car? wasn't the first question to cross my mind. This wasn't even the craziest vehicle I had seen her commandeer for a joy ride—that would be Old Man Jenkins's John Deere tractor the night of our senior prom.

When I opened the door to nudge her awake, her head teetered forward and she vomited all over my bare feet. It had been weeks since I had a proper pedicure, but this was gross all the same.

The vomiting roused her a bit, which was good since I wasn't game for wading through what didn't end up on my toes to pull her from the car.

"Hi, Sophie," she said as if we were meeting for coffee on a Sunday afternoon and not four hours past midnight with one of us in a stolen municipal vehicle.

"Hi, Annie," I said back with the same nonchalance. "Whose car is this?"

She looked back and up, and I realized she didn't have a clue how she got there. She was just coming out of a blackout. Annie had been drinking a lot lately. She was the owner of the town's most beloved bar, so it didn't seem out of character for her to have more than ten cocktails in an evening and, unfortunately, more often than not, still drive herself the two miles home from the bar.

Her job, after all, was to entertain customers and keep them happy so they came back and kept drinking. No one liked a sober bar owner. They were the pedophile priests of the hospitality industry.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Love Rehab by Jo Piazza. Copyright © 2013 Jo Piazza. Excerpted by permission of OPEN ROAD INTEGRATED MEDIA.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Contents

Admit you are powerless and your life is unmanageable,
Find something greater than yourself to make you sane again,
Make a decision to turn your life over to a higher power,
Make a moral inventory of yourself (a.k.a. figure out what's wrong with you) and keep the hell away from Facebook,
Admit to yourself and someone else all the crazy shit you have done,
Become entirely ready to have a higher power remove all these defects of character,
Humbly ask our higher power to remove our shortcomings (fix us, please!),
Make a list of all the persons (exes) we have harmed, and become willing to make amends,
Make amends whenever possible, except when doing so might cause someone harm,
When we are wrong, promptly admit it,
Listen to that higher power (whoever she may be). She knows her shit.,
Having had a spiritual awakening, carry our message to others,
Acknowledgments,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    Great humor!

    For those if us in the recovery rehab world this is a fun witty read! Excellent insight into all of us and our brokeness.

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  • Posted November 5, 2013

    This book was cute! Lots of women power, and helping woman feel

    This book was cute! Lots of women power, and helping woman feel better about themselves. Having a post break up support group was a really great idea! So you have help to keep you from doing embarrassing things to try to win back guys who don't really deserve you back. There were lots of fun characters and the humor made the story fun. On the romance side there wasn't too much romance, it was more of a back story. I feel the main point is help women empower themselves, and understand their value. I will look forward to more from author Jo Piazza. Cute, Funny, Quick read!

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  • Posted August 15, 2013

    A bad break-up that's so realistic, it's so funny! Everything b

    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.

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  • Posted June 19, 2013

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    This book started with a clever introduction into what NOT to do

    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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  • Posted June 8, 2013

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    Love Rehab is a mix of funny and sad stories of love gone wrong.

    Love Rehab is a mix of funny and sad stories of love gone wrong. When Sophie handles her latest breakup in a cringe worthy manner and her best friend Annie goes on a bender with a police car, they realize that they need to change their lives. After going with Annie to her court ordered AA meeting, Sophie realizes that people who have broken up need LAA –Love Addicts Anonymous. With the help of the nice therapist leading the AA group, Joe, the girls start a group in Sophie’s grandmothers 6 bed room house. Before they know it, they are running a kind of half-way house for love addicts.
    The funny part about this book is all of the stories that are told about things the women have done with their exes. Interestingly, these same actions are really the sad part as well. Texting, phone calls, surfing the net, driving by the house, Facebook stalking, are all worthy of a laugh until you really think about the pain the women are inflicting upon themselves. I enjoyed the progression of the steps in recovering from a love addiction and how all of the women went through them. One woman in particular makes a grand gesture that we would all really love to see in real life.
    I especially liked the way that Sophie’s burgeoning relationship with Joe is handled. When she makes a difficult decision in order to complete her recovery, it feels right. Her increasing self-awareness of how her actions contributed to her breakup and why she doesn’t want to fall into that trap again is validation of the whole premise of the book. Wow, that sounds heavy and this book is really a fun read that covers a pretty serious topic. I enjoyed this book and the look into behaviors that we can all raise a hand to when asked “Did you ever………?”

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  • Posted May 28, 2013

    The first couple chapters of this book had me rolling.  The begi

    The first couple chapters of this book had me rolling.  The beginning was drenched in cynicism and sarcasm and I was loving it.  I haven't read many books that had me laughing out loud.  This one had me laughing out loud and with duration.  It was quirky and real.




    The laughter load lightens a bit toward the meat and bones of the story, which was slightly disappointing, but still enjoyable.  I really felt like I understood what each girl was going through.  It was tender when it needed to be tender and gritty when it needed to be gritty.




    It was basically a rom-com that was heavier on the com than the rom.   It gets a little cheesy at moments, but overall, it's a quick, fun read that is perfect for a poolside respite.

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  • Posted May 16, 2013

    Review: House/Well: Great girlfriend book. Women are hard to ple

    Review: House/Well: Great girlfriend book.
    Women are hard to please, simply because we overanalyze everything (hellloo, blogger here). Was it good? Was it bad? Do these pants make my butt look big? Things are even more complicated when we add a relationship in the mix. It’s even more difficult to understand what someone else is feeling when that persons doesn’t open up and share.

    In Love Rehab, cute as a button, speaks her mind Sophie has been dumped, hard! Instead of wallowing too long on the break up, Sophie is encouraged to handle her heartache with the same approach as AA meetings. Talk about it. Get a bunch of other afflicted women and talk it out. Being out-going makes it easy for Sophie to speak up with these other women, but she’s also pretty funny.

    (Sophie explains how she’s well suited for her carrer as a children’s book illustrator)
    …I design children’s books for a living, I have this tendency to illustrate certain phrases or situations in my head. I have always pictured “rock bottom” as a situation where your actual backside turns into a pile of rocks so heavy you can’t move and are stuck in one horrible, really bad place, with a big pebbly behind! That kind of thing would weigh anyone down.  
    Piazza, Jo. Love Rehab: A Novel in Twelve Steps (Expected publication: June 4th 2013 by Open Road Media E-riginal (first published January 22nd 2013)). Kindle Edition.

    Sophie gathers a group of ladies that have been in similar “love to be in love” dilemmas and they start to list everything they think is harming their relationships. They go round-robin style and address their issues. Some are sad, other are hilarious.

    (Sophie admits to herself that she might have a problem)
    I had only sent ten, maybe eleven messages in the last ten hours. One an hour. What’s the statute for texts? Is it like wine? You can send one every sixty minutes and not increase your blood crazy level above the legal limit?
    Piazza, Jo. Love Rehab: A Novel in Twelve Steps (Expected publication: June 4th 2013 by Open Road Media E-riginal (first published January 22nd 2013)). Kindle Edition.

    Sophie’s development of LAA (Love Addicts Anonymous) is supported by the local AA counselor/recovering alcoholic, Joe. Since Sophie is fresh from her split from the man she intended to marry and have babies with, Joe is not on her radar and he is more supportive in her finding help for her own addictions. Joe is the sweet boy next door type who has been wronged in his own failed marriage. Alcohol became his crutch.

    (Sophie has an moment of weakness when Joe tells her that he is going to meet a friend)
    “Hey, Sophie, are you OK?” Joe asked. I had spaced. God, I needed LAA. I needed something. I was getting jealous of a potential girlfriend of a man I had once shared a slice of banana cream pie with after lying to him at his Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. I was so far from normal.Piazza, Jo. Love Rehab: A Novel in Twelve Steps (Expected publication: June 4th 2013 by Open Road Media E-riginal (first published January 22nd 2013)). Kindle Edition.

    This book was a fast and fun read. Women are known to have their emotions swing like the pendulum on a grandfater clock. The ‘fall down and pick yourself up’ concept keeps the story going. Sophie’s best friend and those that still live in the town where she grew up are hilarious and shoot straight. Even Dave, the non-committal, treats women like they’re tissues in a Kleenex box, type is supportive of Sophie’s group and has an abundance of advice that only a man can provide.

    (Dave’s advice to LAA & why he thinks he is the way he is)
    “We have a third date and we sleep together and she really wants to chat a lot. And I’m honest. I tell her I don’t have relationships. I’m flaky. I don’t really trust women. I don’t see anyone longer than a fiscal quarter”…
    “The guy you date next should just be the parsley to an already kick-ass dish of risotto. You’re great the way you are. Men are just the garnish.”…
    “…the truth is that men aren’t as strong as women. You deal with your pain by doing crazy things, but you recover. We don’t bounce back the same way”…
    “I listened to all those women in there,” Dave continued. “Really listened to them. I don’t think any of you realize what kind of power you have over us when you just drop all your insecurities. At the end of the day, you choose, and we feel lucky when you make the choice.”
    Piazza, Jo. Love Rehab: A Novel in Twelve Steps (Expected publication: June 4th 2013 by Open Road Media E-riginal (first published January 22nd 2013)). Kindle Edition.

    If you enjoyed the crazy antics of Bridget Jones, the passion of Claire from Seduction and Snacks or the internal dialog of Emma Corrigan from Can You Keep A Secret, you’re going to love Sophie.

    More from Sophie and Friends:

    After I polished off a second bottle of wine, I made Annie help me make a list of why Eric was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad man. – Sophie

    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 anyways. – Sophie

    “If you think a good man is hard to find, a good Indian man is impossible” – Prithi

    “Dear God,” I started, which sounded silly. “Dear higher power” didn’t sound right either. “Hey, you!” I yelled before I realized that the serenity prayer I had printed out at the meeting seemed to be the perfect thing to say here. I tried saying it three times and then crossed myself and gave a fist pump into the air.” – Sophie

    “I’ll miss hearing about Hot Bobby,” Lila said.
    Jordana cocked her head to one side. “Hot Bobby’s Closet sounds a bit like a home decorating show hosted by a scrumptious homosexual on the Bravo network.”
    “Mmmmm. Or an indie punk band fronted by Jared Leto,” I said. – LAA members

    “Are you sitting down?” she asked. I laughed, high off Whitney Houston (although thankfully, not high like Whitney Houston). – Sophie

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