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Farrah Penn is a writer currently residing in Los Angeles, CA. When she’s not writing books, she can be found creating content for BuzzFeed and talking too much about her dog. 12 STEPS TO NORMAL is her first novel.

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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. 12 STEPS TO NORMAL is her first novel.


“A smart recommendation for readers looking to escape into a substantive world of personal discovery.” — starred Kirkus review

“Penn is open about the fact that her story doesn’t address some of the harsher aspects of addition and relapse, but it does emphasize the importance of support and forgiveness.”Publisher’s Weekly

“Penn nicely captures the all-consuming emotions of a teen wrestling life into some sort of order.”Booklist

“Funny, honest, and smart, Twelve Steps to Normal is filled with nuanced characters who you can’t help caring about.”
Melina Marchetta, author of Jellicoe Road

“Equal parts swoon and poignant, I couldn’t help but cheer for Penn’s 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 the best sort of coming-of-age story about piecing a life back together: honest, deeply empathetic, and filled with love, compassion, and hope for its richly drawn characters.”
Jeff Zentner, author of The Serpent King

“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 A Map for Wrecked Girls

“Twelve Steps To Normal is a powerful, heartfelt debut about the lengths we’ll go for those we love, and the hurdles 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 Kids of Appetite and Mosquitoland

“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 My Life Next Door

“Poignant and powerful, Penn’s story is searing in its insight into the human heart and the effects of addiction. Bravo!”
Adriana Mather, New York Times bestselling author of How To Hang A Witch

“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

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