Author: Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: June 13th 2013
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No one would suspect shy Lily Calloway’s biggest secret. While everyone is dancing at college bars, Lily stays in the bathroom. To get laid. Her compulsion leads her to one-night stands, steamy hookups and events she shamefully regrets. The only person who knows her secret happens to have one of his own. Loren Hale’s best friend is his bottle of bourbon. Lily comes at a close second. For three years, they’ve pretended to be in a real relationship, hiding their addictions from their families. They’ve mastered the art of concealing flasks and random guys that filter in and out of their apartment. But as they sink beneath the weight of their addictions, they cling harder to their destructive relationship and wonder if a life together, for real, is better than a lie. Strangers and family begin to infiltrate their guarded lives, and with new challenges, they realize they may not just be addicted to alcohol and sex. Their real vice may be each other.
I am putting all the blame for this one on Rachel from A Perfection Called Books. Being the fabulous book pusher she is, convinced me to download it and give it a try. I did. Loved it. Now I am drowning in feels. This book is not your typical love story, so if you are looking for something fluffy then this one is not for you, this book deals with real world problems that have the capability of destroying lives. I am probably going to push this book on everyone though ... I am obsessed.
Lily is addicted to sex and her best friend Lo is addicted to alcohol. In their last years of high school they came up with a plan: pretend to be in a relationship to hide their addictions from their families. Lo kicks the boys that Lily brings home out in the morning, and she makes sure he doesn't choke on his vomit in his sleep. Now three years later they are spiraling out of control. But their cover story is getting harder to stick too as people begin to infiltrate their carefully orchestrated lives.
I honestly didn't expect to like Lily and Lo as much as I did. Typically rich characters use money as an excuse to get away with what they do, Lily and Lo did not. Sure, Lo buys expensive alcohol and Lily has a rather large porn collection they never make themselves appear entitled because of their money. I thoroughly enjoyed being in Lily's head. A sex addiction isn't something you hear about everyday. She talks about her shame, and how she is dirty. That no guy would ever love her. Your heart just breaks for her. But for her it isn't a simple as to stop having sex, if she doesn't she had painful withdrawals, she feels like she is dying. You can see how her addiction takes over her life, how she distances herself from her family, doesn't have any friends besides from Lo. From just the beginning of the novel you can see that Lily is close to rock bottom, if not already there.
I loved Lo. Even though the story is told solely from Lily's point of view I am hoping for something from his. He was open with Lily with where his addiction comes from, and even the possibility of getting help. They had the easy banter at moments, but seemed to understand each other the next. His addiction took a bigger toll on Lily then it did him, I think his whole reason behind getting help was for her. Of course for himself too, but I think Lily is what finally got him there.
Addicted to You is easily one of my favorite new adult books. It was an emotional read that would have you laughing in second and crying the next. Krista and Becca took a delicate topic and weaved it into a story loaded with feeling. I can't wait to see were Lily and Lo's story is going to lead to next. They deserve their happily ever after.