[Blog Tour + Giveaway] Book Review: Twelve Steps by Veronica Bartles

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Title: Twelve Steps
Author: Veronica Bartles
Date of Publication: March 25, 2014

Purchase at: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble

Acquisition: YA Bound Book Tours

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.


Andi has always seen her older sister as the perfect one or the favorite one. She has always felt overshadowed, but there are times when she would take it in a positive light. For example, she sees her sister as a real-life barbie doll that she dresses up and everything. I found  this sisterly bonding really nice. Of the two sisters, Andi is definitely the street smart person who understands people more. She even knows how to manipulate them sometimes. She does well in school, but she’s not a straight-A student like her sister. But Andi is anything but inferior. She just needs to see it for herself, and she needs to realize when to hold on and when to let go.

Laina, on the other hand, doesn’t really herself as the better sister. But in reality, she’s always so beautiful with the perfect features and curves. She also always has the best grades. But Laina isn’t always so perfect. She hides a secret, which I easily guessed, that has scarred her and caused her to close out other people. She also has an awful best friend, who does nothing but harm her self-esteem. And like Andi’s opposite, she’s more book-smart and she doesn’t seem to pick up on social things like when guys like her. I was actually a lot like Laina in high school, and I liked that she was also given a chance to show herself even though the story was in Andi’s perspective.

It’s sad how these two sisters felt insecure because of each other when they had so much going on for them. I think a lot of teens would be able to relate in how we keep on comparing ourselves to others and thinking so little of ourselves. It’s also sad how Andi was obsessed over her sister’s best friend who wasn’t even that great. I think it was really good to show off the sister’s vulnerable sides, and how they needed to accept themselves and gain some confidence.

In terms of romance, I felt that the ending was lacking and wasn’t very satisfying. It didn’t even feel much like an ending. As a romance novel, I think this book would have benefited from more details on the relationship between Andi and the guy she ends up with. Or maybe there should have been something big or some confession near the end. I understand there were some hints throughout the book, but there weren’t much explanations like why didn’t the guy make any moves on her. That seriously made me disappointed because seeing them together made me feel so giddy. I kept looking for more pages that weren’t there.


OVERALL, Twelve Steps is a light, fun read that felt a little lacking near the end. It felt like the whole thing just fizzled out. I did enjoy reading most of it though, and the characters are definitely relatable. Twelve Steps brought me back to my younger teenage years where insecurities abounded and naivety was normal. I think that this was a really good novel, but it has a lot of room for improvement. I would recommend it to those who would want a fast and fluffy contemporary read.



veronica bartlesAs 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’ first novel.
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  • This is all based on personal opinion, and as much as I’m open to other people’s opinions, I hope you understand that this is based on what I feel. I avoid giving out spoilers as much as possible, too.
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