As you might or might not know, I request two or three titles on LibraryThing every month. The 12 Step Program by Kay Springsteen and Kim Bowman is one I requested and received from the August batch.
When I first read the blurb, it sounded like a fun and light read and – let’s be honest– we all need one of those once in a while!
Lucy Adams is a serial romantic. Or rather, she’s made a habit of falling in and out of bad relationships that always start with her finding the man of her dreams and ends with her kicking him to the curb. After her latest breakup, her best friend and neighbor Tom Henson bets her she can’t go thirty days without a date. Nothing like a friendly wager to make things interesting. But when the game changes, all bets are off…
I admit, after reading the blurb I realized perfectly well that this was probably going to be a very typical love story. But we all know that novels like this can still be enjoyable or even surprise us.
If I have to be honest.. This one didn’t do that. Yes, I loved the story in general, but I didn’t like the MC at all. Lucy has her issues, obviously, but for some reason she feels very detached, rude about herself and that ruined the novel.
There were moments that I thought “Yes! This is getting better!” and then Lucy would think something and ruin it all over again. It was frustrating to say the least.
Definition of bestie: person who loves nothing more than to watch you make a complete fool of yourself and then remind you of it at every opportunity for the rest of your life what a fool you made of yourself.
Apart from that I was missing the tension between Lucy and Tom. When reading a novel like this, I want to feel like they’re dancing around each other but not quite connecting completely. This? This was a case of two different songs, two different dances in the same room.
The 12 Step Program had potential, but I just didn’t enjoy it like I expected to. It was okay, but nothing more than that. A fun novel to just pass the time and get me frustrated once in a while.
2 / 5!
As for the munches? Let’s go with some mango ice cream roll-ups, because I kind of needed that after the disappointment… And all the ice cream-remarks did get me craving it, haha.