Twelve Steps to Normal

By: Farrah Penn

Kira struggles to piece together her family and social life after her father’s alcoholism has torn them apart.

ISBN: 9780316471602

JLG Release: Jun 2018


Sensitive Areas: Strong language, Mild sexual themes, Underage drinking

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Penn presents the dilemma of being a child of a recovering alcoholic with heart, melancholy, and an uplifting ending. Kira moves to Portland, OR from Texas where her dad is in an addiction rehab clinic. While away, Kira’s embarrassment and despair lead to her cutting off her friends, breaking up with her boyfriend, and basically shutting down Penn presents the dilemma of being a child of a recovering alcoholic with heart, melancholy, and an uplifting ending. Kira moves to Portland, OR from Texas where her dad is in an addiction rehab clinic. While away, Kira’s embarrassment and despair lead to her cutting off her friends, breaking up with her boyfriend, and basically shutting down. Her homecoming to Texas upon her dad’s release does not turn out as planned. She wants to pick up where she left off; unfortunately, too many wounds exist with family and friends. Paramount to Kira’s struggle are her new roommates—Kira hadn’t realized she’d be sharing her home with three other recovering alcoholics. Plus, her best friend is dating her former boyfriend while Kira herself has new romantic feelings for a childhood friend. Forced to face her own demons, the teen comes to understand that things can’t go back; but with patience and acceptance, she can move forward. This is good choice for those seeking realism that isn’t too disturbing. The book’s tame and light romance with a dose of reality is a good bridge for middle grade readers looking to dabble in YA fiction. VERDICT A strong selection for middle school and high school libraries.—Lisa Ehrle, Falcon Creek Middle School, CO

Book Details

ISBN

9780316471602

First Release

June 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

Page Count

320

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.7; Points: 13;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 6.3; Points: 21;

Lexile

Level HL700L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

jimmy patterson

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Strong language, Mild sexual themes, Underage drinking

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