Tuesday, April 1, 2014

BLOGTOUR: TWELVE STEPS



TWELVE STEPS by VERONICA BARTLES
*e ARC provided by tour host in exchange of an honest review*

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 fa├žade begins to crumble, the sisters work together to find a spotlight big enough for both to shine.



Let the fan girling begins!
I can't tell you how much I loved this book. I read it all in one sitting and by the end I was grinning like a fool in love. 

Andi is the younger sister who feels she's never going to be good enough for anybody. That's her sister job, she's the one who pleases everyone and always does everything right. andi is the funny one, "the little sister" that got the bad genes.  Laina is the older sister who feels the preassure of having to please everyone while her little sister has the attention of the entire school without even trying. 

This book has so much more than what the summary offers, or even what you expect at first glance. I love the twists Veronica added to the story. How real the characters feel. Because the "so perfect sister"  has some problems to deal with and makes mistakes like everyone else, and Andi isn't so much of a mess as she thinks. 

This book really can represent both sides of the sibilings even when the book is written from Andi's point of view. It will call to you weather you are the older (as me, and it will make you feel a bit guilty) or the younger one (as Diana, and it will make you feel a bit guilty too)

The Love is story... 
I don't really know how to go around this without giving something away. The love interest of the girls are a bit all over the place. 
Andi's crush is no other than Laina's best friend, Jarod. Problem? He's in love with Laina. 
Laina's crush is Shane. Laina's ex best friend's boyfriend. 
And then we have Dave. 
In other words... 
Dave likes Andi. Andi likes Jarod. Jarod likes Laina. Laina likes Shane.
Lucky for Laina, Shane does like her... he's not very good at showing it though.

All three boys can be supper sweet or incredible dense. We want to kiss them, we want to punch them. Basically, you can totally see why Andi and Laina are so confused.

While you may think this is too messy to understand, the relationship between all the characters are so well developed that you alays know were you stand what who likes who. 
Veronica's characters are real people that come out of this pages. She'll keep you alert at every turn, twist and second though of each character to see who will get their happy ending. And all the time thinking about how will the sisters get over this little rivaliry they have and accept themself as they are. 



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ABOUT VERONICA BARTLES


As 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.

Veronica is represented by Jessica Sinsheimer of the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency, LLC

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