"With her debut novel, Veronica Bartles creates a fun, fast-paced story about a feisty heroine whose plan to steal her oh-so-perfect sister’s spotlight leads to a messy love triangle … no, love pentagon. TWELVE STEPS will have you cheering when Cinderella finds her backbone, Prince Charming learns that not every stepsister wants his glass slipper, and the heroine realizes she’s been shining in her own light all along." -- Laura Bowers, Author of BEAUTY SHOP FOR RENT
"Smart and funny, Twelve Steps perfectly captures the gut-wrenching joy and supreme mortification of unrequited love. Authentic and oh so relatable, Bartles hits it out of the park with her debut! For anyone who's ever felt second best, or struggled to find their place in the world, this book is for you! Grab the chocolate, turn off the phone, and prepare to ride the roller coaster of Andi's life as it unfolds, page after humor filled page. This is contemporary romancedone right!" -- Rachel Harris, Author of MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY and A TALE OF TWO CENTURIES
Andi's 12-step program is based on the 12 steps of Alateen, because Andi feels like her life sometimes spirals out of control as she deals with her sister's addiction to perfection. Alateen is a very real, very effective support group for young people who care about and worry about someone with a drinking problem. Please click here for more information about this program, and to find or start a support group in your area. (*note: I am not affiliated with or endorsed by Alateen or Al-Anon. I am simply a firm believer in their mission, and an advocate for those who need the support they can provide.)
Update December 2016: My daughter's high school just had auditions for Cinderella, which they're performing for their spring musical in February. And my daughter was semi-devastated when she didn't get the part she wanted. But I'm fairly confident she can steal the show anyway. Just like Andi in TWELVE STEPS!
Sixteen-year-old Andi is tired of being a second-class sibling to perfect sister Laina. The only thing Andi’s sure she has going for her is her 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 and get the guy.
Step 1: Admit she’s powerless to change her perfect sister, and accept that her life really, really sucks.
Step 4: Make a list of her good qualities. She MUST have more than just great hair, right?
Step 7: Demand attention for more than just the way she screws things up.
When a stolen kiss from her crush ends in disaster, Andi realizes that her twelve-step program isn’t working. Her prince isn’t as charming as she'd hoped, and the spotlight she’s been trying to steal isn’t the one she wants.
As Laina’s flawless façade begins to crumble, the sisters work together to find a spotlight big enough for both to shine.
Swoon-worthy TWELVE STEPS excerpt on Book Junkie: Not-so-Anonymous
TWELVE STEPS excerpt: At the Movies with Dave - Stephanie Keyes: Embrace the Magick
TWELVE STEPS excerpt: Andi and Laina - The Girl Bookaholic
12 Questions with Andi Andersen - Lost in Ever After
12 Questions with Laina Andersen with Crystal in Bookland
TWELVE STEPS excerpt: "Sometimes a dessert is just a dessert." - Books and Bindings
"Darn Veronica and her incredible story and characters and writing. I loved every minute of it and was so mad it was all over." - Melissa A. Petreshock, Author of FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS
"Twelve Steps is the kind of book that's the perfect example of why YA rocks." - Donnie Darko Girl
"The relationship between the sisters is rich and complex and full of more love than hate ... Plus you gotta love a girl who eats like Andi! Oreos with milk and tons of chili cheese fries. TWELVE STEPS is a fun read!" - Michelle Hauck, author of KINDAR'S CURE
"This would make a great movie!" - Lynda Dickson (Books Direct)
"Twelve Steps is a cute, fun, lighthearted read filled with confusing boys, loving sisters, all the hallmarks of high school life, and those awesomely awkward moments that are the curse and the magic of high school." - Fic Central
"If I had to sum this book up in three words, they would be Amazing, Relatable and Fascinating." - Sophie Kate (23 Review Street)
"What a refreshing book." - Angi Black (Tall Thoughts from a Short Girl)
"I read it all in one sitting and by the end I was grinning like a fool in love." - We All Make Mistakes in Books
"The romance is TWELVE STEPS is not a triangle, but this whole tangled mess, which makes for some really fun and entertaining moments. Which is why I would say this is more of a romantic comedy." - Booksniffer Book Reviews
"it's not all daisies and roses, but this story is SO SWEET!" - Ashley, the Book Junkie
"Twelve steps is a fun story about sisters, bonding, boys, and how to be comfortable with yourself." - Katrina (Bookish Things and More)
"A must read for YA Contemporary Romance book junkies!" - Living in a Book World
"... this book is super cute." - Susan Bishop Crispell, author of LOVE AND CUPCAKES
"The word that comes to mind when I think of this book is: adorable." - A Girl with a Pen and a Dream