Addicted to You by Krista Ritchie


I guess this was just another one of those books that everyone else loved and I didn't. The plot sounded incredibly interesting, but the execution...not up to snuff.

Addicted to You is about best friends Lo and Lily, both battling addictions they can't control. Lily is a sex addict; she sneaks into dirty club bathrooms with strangers and satisfies her craving. And then she's gone, disappearing into the night, never staying with a guy for more than a half an hour. Lo drinks. He drinks and drinks and drinks until he's passed out on the bar. The two of them have been hiding the other's addiction from their wealthy, image concerned families for over three years, instead pretending they're in a relationship. But what happens when their addictions go too far, and it becomes too dangerous to hide their secrets? Will they finally admit they have a problem and seek help?

Sounds good, right? But for whatever reason, I just couldn't get into it. I've always had a strong opinion of alcoholism and how tremendously dangerous it is, so maybe I wasn't the targeted audience, but that wasn't the only reason why. I liked Lo's personality for the most part, but his drinking made him so unbelievably selfish. He claimed that he thought his drinking was only hurting himself, but how could you not realize that getting trashed and passing out on the floor in a puddle of your own vomit would effect others? Especially your best friend you've known since childhood. It just made me hate him.

And I guess I was mad at Lily because she saw how his addiction was killing him and never said a word and just let him continue. That's not what a good friend does. A best friend needs to help their friends survive, not help them kill themselves with booze.

However, I did enjoy the build up to their relationship. It was obvious that Lo had strong feelings for Lily and she was so oblivious. It was kind of adorable. And it wasn't until he flat out yelled his feelings at her that she became aware. And the beginning when they were trying to be better for the other was honorable, but in the end, you can't do it for someone else. You have to do it for yourself. And you can't trick someone into getting sober either, like Lily tried.

Addicted to You was just another New Adult novel with so much potential that just fell flat. The writing was mediocre, the characters weren't relatable and very infuriating, and the plot was predictable. Needless to say, I won't be reading the sequel.

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