Twelve Steps to Normal
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Twelve Steps to Normal

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When your parent's an alcoholic, normal life isn't a thing. But there are ways to redefine what normal--and happiness--really are.

Eight months ago, Kira's father was sent to rehab for alcoholism and she was forced to move in with her aunt across the country. She left behind everything--her best friends, her boyfriend, her dance team, and the life she'd known and loved. Now her father's done with rehab and wants her back home. But the normal life she once knew proves elusive--her friends are distant, one of them is dating her ex, and her dad brought home three strangers from rehab to live with them.

Is there any way to get back the life she once had? Kira embarks on her own twelve-step program to try to find some normalcy. But somewhere along the way, she learns that while some broken things can't be put back exactly the way they were, they can be repaired, and sometimes made even stronger.

Life, love, and loss come crashing together in this achingly authentic debut by Farrah Penn that will catch you and hold you close till the very end.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 165 x 239 x 32mm | 576g
  • Little, Brown Young Readers
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0316471607
  • 9780316471602
  • 1,099,397

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"Twelve Steps to Normal is a searing, gut-punch of a story--one that is, unfortunately, all too common. It takes us through all the painful steps of a relationship with someone suffering from addiction, but it does so in a voice that's funny and personal enough to make us want to keep turning the page, even when we are afraid of what we might find there."--Josh Sundquist, bestselling author of We Should Hang Out Sometime and Love and First Sight "Twelve Steps to Normal is a powerful, heartfelt debut about the lengths we'll go for those we love, and the hurdles we encounter along the way. In pages brimming with honesty, Penn shines an empathetic light on addiction, ultimately demonstrating that forgiveness--not only its redemptive qualities, but its messy ones, too--is well worth the struggle."--David Arnold, New York Times bestselling author of Mosquitoland "Farrah Penn's debut, Twelve Steps to Normal, is a heartfelt story about the aftermath of addiction. Equal parts swoony and poignant, I couldn't help but cheer for her main character Kira as she tries to put her life back together in the wake of loss."--Julie Buxbaum, New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things "Step one: Pick up this compulsively readable book and fall in love with its richly drawn characters and deeply empathetic reminder that none of us are broken beyond repair. Step two: Repeat."--Jeff Zentner, author of the ALA William C. Morris Award winner The Serpent King "Poignant and powerful, Penn's story is searing in its insight into the human heart and the effects of addiction. Bravo!"--Adriana Mather, author of #1 New York Times bestseller How to Hang a Witch "Funny, honest, and smart, Twelve Steps to Normal is filled with nuanced characters who you can't help caring about."--Melina Marchetta, author of the Michael L. Printz Award-winning Jellicoe Road "Farrah Penn's characters feel like old friends and new loves, all intertwined in a story that feels achingly familiar yet entirely original. Bursting with humor and heart, Twelve Steps to Normal is a dazzling debut you won't want to miss."--Jessica Taylor, author of Junior Library Guild selection A Map for Wrecked Girls "Penn nicely captures the all-consuming emotions of a teen wrestling life into some sort of order. ... Penn's note to the reader explains that she too had a father who suffered from alcoholism, and it's this loving, compassionate hindsight that will speak honestly to readers in the same situation."--Booklist * "Penn creates a realistic character in Kira, one who finely balances the rational thoughts of a child of addiction with the emotional struggles of a high school student. Kira's journey should speak to many teenage readers, even those who do not have firsthand experience with addiction or addicts. ... A smart recommendation for readers looking to escape into a substantive world of personal discovery."--Kirkus, starred review "A heartfelt, nuanced story about learning to forgive and taking the best of the past, hoping for the best of the future. Kira's struggle to understand and move on from her father's flaws to her own is moving and real."--Huntley Fitzpatrick, author of the YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults title My Life Next Door Praise for Twelve Steps to Normal
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About Farrah Penn

Farrah Penn was born and raised in a suburb in Texas that's far from the big city, but close enough to Whataburger. She now resides in Los Angeles, CA, with her gremlin dog and succulents. When she's not writing books, she can be found writing things for BuzzFeed and sending texts that contain too many emojis. Twelve Steps to Normal is her first novel.
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835 ratings
3.81 out of 5 stars
5 27% (224)
4 37% (305)
3 29% (239)
2 7% (58)
1 1% (9)
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