When her crush asks her to fix him up with her perfect older sister,
sixteen-year-old Andi decides it’s time to step out of the shadows. She
creates a twelve-step program for second-class siblings to help her
steal the spotlight, and the guy, from her sister, Laina.
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. Even
if all she's got going for her is really great hair.
Step 7: Demand
attention for more than just the way she screws things up.
But when a
stolen kiss ends in disaster, Andi realizes that her prince isn't as
charming as she'd hoped. And as Laina’s flawless facade begins to
crumble, Andi discovers that the spotlight she's been trying to steal
isn't really the one she wants. The sisters will have to work together
to find a spotlight big enough for them both to shine.
"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 romance done right!" -- Rachel Harris, NYT Best-Selling Author of THE FINE ART OF PRETENDING