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Twelve Steps (Volume 1) Paperback – March 25, 2014
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"With her debut novel, Veronica Bartles creates a fun, fast-paced storyabout a feisty heroine whose plan to steal her oh-so-perfect sister'sspotlight leads to a messy love triangle ... no, love pentagon. TWELVESTEPS will have you cheering when Cinderella finds her backbone, PrinceCharming learns that not every stepsister wants his glass slipper, andthe heroine realizes she's been shining in her own light all along."Laura Bowers, Author of BEAUTY SHOP FOR RENT and JUST FLIRT
"Smart and funny, Twelve Steps perfectly captures the gut-wrenching joyand supreme mortification of unrequited love. Authentic and *ohso* relatable, Bartles hits it out of the park with her debut! Foranyone who's ever felt second best, or struggled to find their place inthe world, this book is for you! Grab the chocolate, turn off the phone,and prepare to ride the roller coaster of Andi's life as it unfolds,page after humor filled page. This is contemporary romance done right!"--Rachel Harris, New York Times Bestselling Author of THE FINE ART OF PRETENDING
About the Author
Veronica Bartles is the author of TWELVE STEPS and the upcoming picture book, THE PRINCESS AND THE FROGS (coming November 15, 2016 from Balzer & Bray / Harper Collins). She’s an incurable optimist who loves gray, drizzly days, because that’s when rainbows come to visit. Veronica is represented by Jessica Sinsheimer (Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency, LLC), and is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the OneFour KidLit group. She’s been a mentor in Pitch Wars (both for MG and YA) for the past three years, and she hosts the #PubTalkTV Twitter Party. You can find out more about her at http://vbartles.com
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A great debut novel by a brand new author - and I look forward to Veronica Bartles' next book!
The playfulness between them when they went on a “crime” spree was delightful and did so much to make Laina feel more real instead of the perfect, carefully put together—and completely unattainable—image Andi usually had of her for most of the book. The bond between these two was so strong that Andi couldn’t go after the boy she wanted for fear of hurting her sister, and Laina couldn’t tell Andi about the dark secret she’d been keeping for fear of losing her sister’s respect (not possible by the way!)
The romance was sweet—and in a few places oh so swoony. I liked Jared, but from Dave’s first tiny scene, I wanted more of him. And when he kept popping up, all I wanted was for Andi to realize she was pining for the wrong boy. And every time Jared made a move toward her, I wanted to beg Andi to run in the other direction because with Jared stupidly in love with Laina, the only place he could take Andi was major heartache.
The end was a little rushed, and felt like it just ended in the middle of this great story so that all the loose ends would be tied up nicely. And I wanted more—especially with Andi and Dave—but maybe that’s just a testament to Veronica’s story-telling ability. She had me hooked from page one and I didn’t want the story to end.