Addicted to You is the story of childhood friends Lily and Loren, both of whom are struggling with their own addictions. Loren is an alcoholic and Lily is addicted to sex. The two of them have spent their entire lives covering for each other – Lily hiding bottles and Loren getting rid of random men – and never mentioning that the other might need help. Part of their cover is a fake relationship, but lines become blurred and things get complicated as Lily and Lo make their first new friends in years. Can they keep up the act?
I really don’t know how to feel about this series. It’s almost compulsively readable – you just have to know what happens to these characters next. Will they get themselves out of the latest problem? But on the other hand, it’s so incredibly frustrating. They are causing all of their own problems. They don’t think straight. They don’t realize that they’re causing all of their own problems. It’s because of their addictions, and while I was reading, I knew that. But that doesn’t make it any less frustrating. I can’t tell you how many times I just wanted to tell them to snap out of it.
I did love the side characters, and I’m looking forward to reading the spinoffs. Rose, in particular, I think was one of my favorites. I loved that, at the beginning, she was painted as the kind of stuck-up, snotty older sister who thought she was better than everybody else, and it turns out that she’s the one that Lily can turn to the most. I also liked Connor, because anybody who can keep up with someone like Rose has to be a winner. I also appreciated the budding friendship between him, Ryke, Lily, and Lo.
I’m giving Addicted to You three stars because I can’t really come up with a reason to give it more or less. I’m definitely going to keep reading this series, because I have to know that everything turns out ok for Lily and Lo. (It does, right? No. Don’t tell me. I want to be surprised.)
Final rating: ★★★☆☆