- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3283 KB
- Print Length: 384 pages
- Publisher: jimmy patterson (13 March 2018)
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073Q3QSX1
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 28 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #847,716 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Twelve Steps to Normal Kindle Edition
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|Language: English||Grade Level: 8 - 17|
A searing, gut-punch of a story...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, author of We Should Hang Out Sometime "
A powerful, heartfelt debut...In pages brimming with honesty, Penn shines an empathetic light on addiction, ultimately demonstrating that forgiveness...is well worth the struggle.-- "David Arnold, New York Times bestselling author" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
About the Author
James Patterson is one of the most popular writers of all time, with more than 375 million copies of his books sold worldwide. He holds the record for most New York Times bestsellers and is the author of the two most popular detective series of the past decade, the Alex Cross novels and the Women's Murder Club. Patterson has won an Edgar Award, the mystery world's highest honor, and his novels Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider were made into feature films.
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, 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.
Christie Moreau is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
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While this isn’t exactly the type of book I expected to see linked with James Patterson, I really enjoyed it, and I appreciated Patterson including young adult titles under his imprint. Kira’s journey was fun to follow, and her housemates were great, quirky characters. Each one was unique and brought a special something to the story. The love story was really sweet. The math teacher from hell reminded me of one I had in high school.
While the book was nicely paced and well written, the large cast felt a bit unmanageable, particularly Kira’s friends. Also, I would have liked to see more of a focus on her list. Kira’s character arc was great, as was the strong emphasis on friendship and support. The author mentions in her author’s note at the end that like Kira, her dad also suffered from alcoholism. I appreciate that she shared this with her readers.
Thanks to Amazon and Jimmy Patterson Books an imprint of Little, Brown, and Company for providing a copy for review purposes.
This book is written to make the reader feel the intense emotions of the characters. The characters come to life in wonderful detail due to the authors descriptions of each of the characters and makes you feel close to them in a intimate way. The situations described are told in a realistic way and help you visualize the story as you read it. I truly enjoyed reading this story and finished it in 2 sessions because it kept my interest and made me want to know more. This book also was able to evoke feelings of anger, sadness, pain and friendship and hope for the future. I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it for anyone who may be struggling with a new chapter in their lives.
It was refreshing to read a book where the protagonist was so very normal and relatable. Kira had been a popular girl with best friends, school activities, and a boyfriend when her life is disrupted first by the loss of a beloved family member and then by being sent to live with her aunt in another state while her father is in treatment. The book starts when Kira goes back home when her father gets out of treatment.
Kira's "voice" and personality felt very real to me as did her reaction to coming back home after an extended absence to try to pick up her relationships with her father, her friends, and her ex-boyfriend. Kira often deals poorly with the changes that have occurred and that was partly why she felt so real as a character. She isn't perfect and doesn't always make the best decisions. Sometimes she is downright bratty but I could imagine having the same reactions to the situations she faced. And Kira grows and changes over the course of the book, which is also a good thing to read.
For parents who monitor their teens' reading, there is some underage drinking in the book but no sex and little to no offensive language.
Considering the subject matter, this is a positive story with a lot of hope. At the end of the book, the author's note talks about having an alcoholic family member and lists a resource for any readers who are in the same position as Kira.
What the novel excels at is a nuanced depiction of the difficult road to recovery and forgiveness. It shows how important a support group is for recovering addicts and never demonizes those who are afflicted. Kira can come off as a brat in her interactions with her father and the three fellow sober alcoholics who live with them - but her behavior is understandable for a teenager in her situation. It also rings true how she tries to hide unpleasantries from her school friends and strives for her "old normal." I found her narrative journey to find a "new normal" emotionally compelling.
Because the sections devoted to Kira's home life are so well done, the scenes set at school and with Kira's school friends seem trivial in comparison. Though Kira's interactions with her friends and new love interest added depth to Kira's characterization, they just didn't hold my interest. I will concede that actual teen readers may feel differently.