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.
***FicCentral received this book from YA Bound Book Tours for free in exchange for an honest review. Even so, we're far too opinionated to let a freebie influence our thoughts or the contents of the reviews we post here.