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Twelve Steps to Normal Hardcover – 8 May 2018

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Praise for Twelve Steps to Normal
A Publishers' Lunch 2018 Buzz Book

"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

* "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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

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Over 26 million children in America are exposed to alcoholism in their family, and there is a lack of books about living with this problem. This sensitive, authentically voiced debut novel follows a girl's search for normalcy, acceptance, and forgiveness following her father's troubled return to sobriety.

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Megan T
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgous, voice-driven YA!
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4.0 out of 5 stars great book for all ages
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great young adult book featuring an alcoholic parent in recovery
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5.0 out of 5 stars 12 steps to normal, great story
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4.0 out of 5 stars A really relatable heroine deals with her father's alcoholism and recovery
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nuanced portrayal of recovery
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