Book Review: Twelve Steps by Veronica Bartles

Twelve StepsTitle: Twelve Steps

Author: Veronica Bartles

Series: None

Released: March 25, 2014


Book Summary:

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.


Twelve Steps is a contemporary high school romance.  It was an enjoyable book that held my interest. There was nothing in it that made it stand out as a favorite but did I like watching Andi finally figure out that the grass is not always greener on the other side. It was a filled with some fun moments that made me smile. I couldn’t help but love Dave and was grateful Andi finally started to open her eyes to what was right in front of her.

Her sister Laina’s secret was fairly easy to figure out early on but it took Andi a long time to finally put the pieces together because she started out so focused on herself. Overall this is a good read with a good message that I’m glad I took the time to read.


Rating: 3.5 Stars – Good Book

Content: couple instances of language, little innuendo

Source: Ebook Review Copy

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  1. Sounds interesting. Definitely going in my TBR pile… It’s funny because until recently I couldn’t quite read contemporary YA. Now it seems whatever stopped me from being into it is no longer an issue, which is great. Some of the best YA titles out there happen to be contemporary, after all… Thanks for posting!

  2. This sounds like an interesting read.