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Twelve Steps to Normal

By Farrah Penn

  • Hardback
  • £12.99

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.

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.

Biographical Notes

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.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9780316471602
  • Publication date: 17 May 2018
  • Page count: 384
  • Imprint: Little, Brown Young Readers US
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