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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
I don't know how to covey how deeply this book touched me. I'm 14 years old and for 8 years I was a swimmer. Swimming was my everything, my future was swimming. One day that all changed. I was getting ready for my number one event when my shoulder just gave out on me. I couldn't bring it above my... ...more
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
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... ...more
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
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"The thing I've worked hardest for is gone. My life, my reason for existing at all.. over."
**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!
(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 wit... ...more
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... ...more
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 inv... ...more
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
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 eve... ...more
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... ...more
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... ...more
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... ...more
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 gla... ...more
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 pus... ...more
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 Ken... ...more
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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 f... ...more
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.
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,... ...more
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 ch... ...more
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... ...more
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 s... ...more
WARNING: Not much of a review. It's more like how I felt after reading it. Is it the same? Dunno. It's actually... like a lecture. lol.
First and foremost, I wanted to thank Jamie Arnold of Entangled Teen for reaching out to the bloggers who are not one of the chosen 10 for the Blog Tour. I am gra... ...more
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 wha... ...more