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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

"Sidelined is a strong story about a broken girl who needs to find the strength to get up again after a serious knockdown in life." --Suze Lavender, Goodreads

"This book hooked me from the beginning. Genna's voice is realistic and engaging." --Jessie Harrell, Goodreads

"It's a heartwrenching novel focusing on drug addiction with divorce and teenage romance rolled in. You won't be disappointed!" --Samantha, Goodreads

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 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 for ...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.
BUT WOW. This book, though. That wa ...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 he ...more

By Angie May 02, 2020

+Genna's longtime crush admits that he's liked her too, but wanted to drop his bad reputation before asking her out.
+Jake has seen Genna at her worst and wants her anyway.
+After mangling her leg, Genna has surgery, her basketball career is over, her grades are suffering, but she finds solace ...more

By Kim October 20, 2013

Find this review and more on my blog...

"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 sc ...more

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 up ...more

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!

Surpassed ...more

By Sarah Elizabeth September 22, 2013

(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Rockstars Blog Tours and Entangled publishing.)
For 18-year-old Imogen (Genna), basketball is everything. She’s destined for a scholarship to college to play basketball, and things are even looking up with J ...more

By Anastasia October 28, 2013

I found this book really enjoyable. The story, as read in a description, is about a girl who's dream has been crushed because of a freak accidents. Her life has ended...everything she ever wanted, especially to get a sport scholarship and have a basketball career, she can't have it. She is broken. S ...more

By Alessandra October 12, 2013

E-galley received from the publisher for review.

Imogen (Genna) Pierce has trained her whole life to play basketball in college. It's her mother's dream as well as her own. Now she's a senior in high school, the team captain, and has a chance of winning the state tourney. University scouts are inviti ...more

By Angelique October 25, 2013

Where did I get the book: I received the book for free from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest and fair review.
My Rating: 3.5 Bookworms
My Review:
Genna comes across as the sporty girl that has her life in order. This is not the case. Her mother pushes her to hard, she is too shy to even t ...more

By Soma September 20, 2013

This was the first time I heard of the author but the concept looked really good. It was definitely the first time I read about such a flawed main character and liked it that much!
Basketball was Imogen's whole life. She was happy, even though her mum wasn't always around. She had a great father, a ...more

By Jessie November 03, 2013

This book hooked me from the beginning. Genna's voice is realistic and engaging. I loved her drive and what a kick-butt girl she was in a very real way (no kicking monster butt, but she could tear it up on the basketball court). She's got an amazing best friend who isn't the so-bubbly-you-want-to-sc ...more

By Julie October 14, 2013

Life is at it’s best for Genna Pierce.

Genna Pierce has her eye on the ball……literally. This high school basketball star is leading her team to the state tournament. Scouts from colleges all around are taking notice. The prospects of having a basketball scholarship are on the horizon. All of her pla ...more

By Nayab October 02, 2013

When I first requested this on Netgalley I was expecting a, I guess, glamourised view of addiction & how to get over it… You know the one… girl gets addicted drugs, somebody gets her help and she overcomes it with the help of family & friends.

Boy was I wrong! This book is as far from glamourised as ...more

By Mehsi February 14, 2016

Just a short review to express my thoughts.

This book was pretty awesome. I didn't always like the main character, while I understood why she acted like she did, I felt like she shouldn't think so negative of herself, of her future and everything. Everyone was trying to help her and she mostly pushed ...more

By Becca October 11, 2013

I love Kendra Highley’s Matt Archer series, so when I heard about Sidelined, I couldn’t wait to read it. I wasn’t disappointed. I won’t summarize the plot since other reviewers have already done that. Instead, I’ll talk about the reasons I found this book such an enjoyable read.

As with all of Kendra ...more

By Ashley September 11, 2013

This review can also be found at

So, this book was a lot deeper than your average YA novel. The issues it deals with are ones that I would normally see in NA or even mainstream Fiction. The author handles Genna's issues beautifully p, never making the reader feel ...more

By Samantha October 15, 2013

Sidelined drew me in from the very first chapter, I loved how the story unraveled before your eyes - we're introduced to Genna before the freak accident ends her sporting career, before her scholarship plans go out the window, and more importantly, before she became addicted to pain medication.

I thi ...more

By Kristen November 14, 2013

Sidelined is a contemporary YA novel about a basketball star, Genna, who suffers a serious injury. She loses basketball and struggles to piece her life back together as she also battles an addiction to painkillers. I thought the book was a solid contemporary YA book. Genna is a flawed character, but ...more

By Escape into a Booksite May 21, 2016

Copy kindly provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review>

This was a quick read. Great characters and the main issue being dealt with in the storyline is a serious issue and one that really can create problems for people in the real world.
I enjoyed reading this book and how the characte ...more

By Julie (Bookish.Intoxication) October 06, 2014

I recieved this novel from NetGalley.

This novel was far from what I expected it to be, it is moving, elating, tear jerking and empowering. I love the protagonist, she is honest, true to life, relateable and human.

This novel shows a different side to sports and injury, it shows the side we all too of ...more

By Meghan January 16, 2018

Relatable, well written and full of emotions. Genna is a snarky and fun teenager who gets thrown one heck of a curveball her senior year of high school. The story is based around that curveball and how she handles all the ensuing events. This is a YA novel and has some hot topics such as opioid abus ...more

By Chelsea October 26, 2013

I have so many feels about this book. It packs a powerful message and it was incredibly realistic. While I never got addicted to painkillers, I have first hand experience on Genna's emotions and insecurities and I completely connected with her. I was a basketball player in high school too and I suff ...more

By Ellen October 07, 2013

Genna Pierce's whole life has been about basketball. Her dreams, her future, and her desires all revolved around playing the game. Now in her senior year in high school, things seem to be going great for Genna. The team is on the way to the State Championship, Jake, the guy she has crushed on what s ...more

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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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