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Peek Inside Sidelined

There’s more than one way to suffer…
After being pushed to excel her entire life, high school basketball star Genna Pierce is finally where she wants to be. University scouts are taking notice, her team is on its way to the state tourney, and Jake Butler, the hot boy she’s daydreamed about since ninth grade, is showing some definite interest. When he asks her out and their relationship takes off, Genna believes things can’t get better.
Then, it’s over.
A freak accident ends her career before it’s even begun. Her parents are fighting more than ever, her friends don’t understand what she’s going through, and she’s not sure who she is without basketball. And while he tries to be there for her, Genna doesn’t understand how Jake could ever want the broken version of the girl he fell for.
Her life in a tailspin, Genna turns to the only solace that eases her pain: Vicodin.


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Genna Pierce’s life is finally falling into place. Perfect grades? Check. Her choice of scholarship now that basketball recruiters are sniffing around? Check. The hot guy she’s crushed on since freshman year finally noticing her? Looks like it’ll be a check any day now.

But when a freak accident sidelines Genna, her perfect life starts breaking apart into a million less-than-perfect pieces. No more scholarships. Spiraling grades. And she’s sure Jake Butler, her forever crush, will have zero interest in someone as broken as she is.

Except Jake does want to stick around. He may have started falling for the girl Genna used to be, but he’ll wait for the girl she could become—if she can find enough left in her to pick up the pieces and start again.


"This is my second book by Kendra C. Highley. Finding Perfect was one of my favorite books last year. BUT WOW. This book, though. That wasn't what I expected, it was so much better and just overall all kinds of awesome." ~ Nicole, Goodreads review

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622662975
Release Date: Oct 1, 2013
Page Count: 241
Imprint: teen
Genre: contemporary, mystery & suspense, young adult
Tropes: coming of age/family/social issues, overcoming odds, relationship in trouble

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By Queenielyn October 14, 2013

**Copy was provided by the publisher for review**

Thank you to Rockstar Book Tours and Entangled Teen/Entangled Publishing for providing the review copy and this is such a great opportunity for me to have received and read an early copy of Sidelined! I am very grateful. Thank you once again!


By Dani April 03, 2016

See this review in its natural environment, Dani Reviews Things.

I received this book for free from Entangled in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

How do I even begin to review this? I cried so many times, but I'm going to be upfron...

By Elaine April 05, 2016

What a rollercoaster ride this amazing story is! Just imagine you’re eighteen, doing great with your academic work, you’re a star basket ball player, likely to get a full scholarship through your talent, your team is heading for the finals with a good chance of winning, the boy you’ve crushed on... ...more

By Nicole April 07, 2016

Sidelined!!! First things first: I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley.
The book is already out, so you can go and check it out. (Warning for drug abuse)
This is my second book by Kendra C. Highley. Finding Perfect was one of my favorite books last year.
BU... ...more

By Suze December 26, 2016

Genna's dream is about to come true. She will have the chance to go to college on a basketball scholarship. Her grades are perfect, she's a fantastic player and she finally has the chance to go out with Jake. She fancied him from the first time she saw him and now it seems he's also interested in... ...more

By Kim October 20, 2013

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"The thing I've worked hardest for is gone. My life, my reason for existing at all.. over."

Things are going well in Genna Pierce's life. She's a star basketball player who is about to lead her team to the state championships. College scouts are making off...

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Kendra C. Highley

About the author

Kendra C. Highley

Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to three self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most critical job. She believes in everyday magic, extraordinary love stories, and the restorative powers of dark chocolate.

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