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Publisher: Swoon Romance on March 25, 2014
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (YA)
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.
If there’s one thing Andi knows, it’s that she will always be eclipsed by her sister. The boys who flirt with her change their tunes as soon as Laina, the living Barbie doll, enters the scene, and for all her scheming, it seems there’s nothing Andi can do to change that. And it’s a thousand times worse when she has to watch her forever crush pining away for the one girl she can’t outshine.
Remember that girl in high school that was so unbelievably perfect, so nice and talented and beautiful that every other girl faded into the background when she was around? That’s Andi’s sister, the beautiful but somewhat naive Laina. I’m pretty sure I would have dropped out of school if I’d been in Andi’s shoes. But Andi’s much cooler than that.
Crushing on Jarod, Andi’s high school life is exactly what you would expect from a teenage girl. Full of gossiping, scheming, silliness, and overanalyzing every single word and deed from guys. And Jarod’s not making it easy. Trailing after Laina like a lost puppy, his sometimes flirting and occasional kisses with Andi leave her head spinning. After all, he makes it perfectly clear that he’s in love with her sister. And why normally a guy like this would just piss me off, in this book, he was absolutely right. After all, high school boys are seldom the fonts of wisdom and decisiveness that so many young adult books would have us believe.
And Andi? Well, she’s just spectacular. She’s at times bold, often silly, and always planning her next move in the great “Get Jarod to Love Me” caper. Since she loves and gets along with her sister, as devious as her plotting may be, she’s not the least bit malicious or mal-intentioned. And that right there is what makes the book.
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. It’s almost impossible to describe without using the word “cute,” but that’s exactly what it is without being ridiculous fluff, and anyone who’s ever crushed on a boy in school, gone out with the second choice, or compared herself to that unfairly perfect girl that every school has will absolutely feel right at home in Andi’s mind.