How to Make Your Own Love Rehab: A Q&A With ‘Love Rehab: A Novel in Twelve Steps’ Author Jo Piazza

'Love Rehab' author Jo Piazza dishes on her new novel, which celebs she'd send to Love Rehab, and more!
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You’ve heard the saying “love is a drug,” right? Well, if it really IS one, why don’t we treat it like one? That’s the idea behind Jo Piazza’s hilarious new book, Love Rehab: A Novel in Twelve Steps . Finally! Someone who really gets it!

Here’s the dish:

Sophie and her best friend, Annie, both hit rock bottom at the same time. For Sophie, it’s one helluva breakup (that’s what happens when your boyfriend dumps you for a sexting, D-cupped, 20-something Floozy McSecretary.); for Annie, it’s alcoholism (because nothing says “rock bottom” like stealing a police car and taking out a couple of mailboxes with it). But when Sophie accompanies Annie to her first AA meeting, something clicks for her: If we’ve got rehab for drugs and alcohol, why not for love?

So Sophie sets out to create just that: A place where every woman who’s ever overdosed on the wrong man can go to help them work through the awfulness of heartache. And she might just save herself in the process.

Equal parts funny and poignant, Love Rehab is definitely one for the ages. If you’ve ever stalked your ex on Facebook, blamed rom coms for giving you unrealistic expectations about love, or wallowed for days with a pint of Ben and Jerry’s and a whole lot of bad television, this one’s for you.

We got the chance to sit down with Jo and chat about the book, which celebrities she’d send to Love Rehab, and (perhaps most importantly) how to make your own twelve-step program to cope with heartache. Read on for all the deets!

BettyConfidential: You’re well known as a journalist, from your celeb gossip column Full Disclosure to your first book, Celebrity Inc.: How Famous People Make Money. How did you get from there to writing a novel?

Jo Piazza: I had no idea that I even had a novel in me. I began batting this idea around five years ago and one day when I was on vacation I decided to just sit down and see what happened if I started writing something that didn’t come from reporting. As a journalist I can’t tell you how terrifying that was. But all the cliches that people say about writing fiction are true. It takes on a life of its own.

I don’t think anyone was more surprised than my publisher. I went in to take a meeting about the next non-fiction book I was working on and kind of sheepishly told them I wrote a novel. I don’t think they expected it to be good enough to publish, but they loved it.


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