Twelve Steps by Veronica Bartles
Released: 25th March 2014
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Sixteen-year-old Andi is tired of being a second-class sibling to perfect sister Laina. There in Laina's shadow, Andi's only noticeable feature is her pretty awesome hair. And even that is eclipsed by Laina's perfect everything else.
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 facade begin to show, the sisters work together to find a spotlight big enough for both to shine.
I haven’t read a contemporary young adult for a while and Twelve Steps was a lot of fun. Ah teenage angst and that all important show of getting the boys attention, what fun it was…. Veronica Bartles has a very fun and enthusiastic way of showing sibling rivalry and teenage misunderstandings. I loved it!
Andrea (Andi) Anderson is known among her school as the sister of Alaina (Laina). Laina is projected as the perfect daughter and Andi is forever trying to prove herself, with no prevail. Andi is always in the shadow of her sister, all the boys want her and the girls want to be like her.
Jarod Johnson has been best friends with Laina for a long time and as such Andi has had a crush on him during that time. Andi now wants more, she tries to get his attention and become something other than just Laina’s sister. But everyone knows that Jarod has always had a crush on Laina. The other problem is that Laina has always had a crush on Shane. Man, what complicated chaos.
Andi has a twelve step list that will help her overcome the perfect sister syndrome and build her own confidence to be her own person. She has made a plan to help Shane and Laina get together, so then that will allow Jarod to pay attention to Andi instead of Laina. What a convoluted idea and as usual nothing goes to plan.
Andi meets Dave on a night on the town with Laina and Dave seems to be the go to man for Andi when she needs help. Dave helps Andi realise that she has her own aspirations and slowly even her parents come around to realise she isn’t a bad daughter. Andi grows in confidence and discovers (through unethical means) that Laina has her own insecurities.
Jarod must make a choice between the two sisters, but this isn’t really fair on him or the girls. What has happened to squash Laina’s confidence? She won’t share her secret and Jarod won’t either. Performing in Cinderella, Andi realises that Cinderella always gets the prince and her plan to get Jarod changes direction.
Will Andi find the boy of her dreams that gives her butterflies and isn’t after her sister? Will Laina and Andi overcome their rivalry? Who will Jarod choose in the end?
A fantastic teenage romance with realistic scenarios and sibling interactions. I love Andi and her attitude and I love how she grew up and become her own person instead of the shadow. I highly recommend this to all young adult readers of contemporary romances, loved it.
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About the Author
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 jewelry 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.
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