When Andi’s crush asks her to fix him up with Laina, Andi decides enough is enough and devises a twelve-step program to wrangle the spotlight away from Laina. After all, great hair must count for something.
Step 1: Admit she’s powerless to change her perfect sister, and accept that her life really, really sucks. OK, maybe that's two steps in one.
Step 4: Make a list of her good qualities besides great hair. There have got to be at least three good qualities, right?
Step 7: Demand attention for more than just her shortcomings, and break out of her shell. Easier said that done, but worth the effort in the long-run.
When a stolen kiss from her crush ends in disaster, Andi finds that her prince isn’t as charming as she'd hoped, and realizes she may need a new program--perhaps with less steps!
As cracks in Laina’s flawless façade begin to show, the sisters work together to find a spotlight big enough for both to shine.
I had been trying to read more young adult books, so when I spotted Twelve Steps I knew I would enjoy this novel so much, with the high school dramas, friendships, sisters and everything that comes in-between.
The story revolves around Andrea (Andi) and her relationship that she has with her sister, Laina, although Laina seems to get all the attention and Andi is left on the sidelines just watching it play out. So, Andi decides that it high time that she gets her life back to what she wants, so she comes up with Twelve Steps. Each step will take her one step closer to her what she wants and how her life should be, though it isn't all going to be easy.
You can quite quickly see that even though Andi and Laina are close as sisters, they both have different ideas, different lives and both have secrets that they have hid from the other. As the story progresses you find out that Andi and Laina are in the middle of a love triangle or in this case a love hexagon. With Andi liking Jarod who is Laina best friend, but he also loves Laina, then there's Dave who like Andi though she doesn't see it and Laina who is in love with Shane who is dating Laina ex-best friend Rachel.
Although nothing is what it seems, Laina has kept a big secret from everyone and you start to realise that she is not the perfect girl that everyone thinks she is. Laina just like Andi has problems that she needs to work through, it has humour but it also relates to the emotional side of what it is to truly be a teenager trying to fit in and become the people they were always meant to be.
Twelve Steps is not short of teenage drams, love, secrets and what it really take to find yourself in this big wide world. I would recommend it to anyone who likes friendships, sisters and drama that revolves around high school.
If I had to sum this book up in three words, they would be Amazing, Relatable and Fascinating.
As the second of eight children and the mother of four, Veronica Bartles is no stranger to the ups and downs of sibling relationships. (She was sandwiched between the gorgeous-and-insanely-popular older sister and the too-adorable-for-words younger sister.) She uses this insight to write stories about siblings who mostly love each other, even while they’re driving one another crazy.
When she isn’t writing or getting lost in the pages of her newest favorite book, Veronica enjoys knitting fabulous bags and jewellery out of recycled plastic bags and old VHS tapes, sky diving (though she hasn’t actually tried that yet), and inventing the world’s most delectable cookie recipes.
TWELVE STEPS is Veronica Bartles's first novel.