Review: Sidelined by Kendra C. Highley

18403332After 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.

Author: Kendra C. Highley

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 talk to the boy she has been crushing on for years. Add on to that the fact that said boy practically slept his way through all the girls in school then its pretty clear life really isn’t all that great. Until Jake finally comes to his senses, asks her out. Things start looking up. The basketball team is going to state, she finally has her man and maybe her mom will let up a bit. Sounds too good to be true right? Right. Suddenly her entire worlds starts crashing down around her again. Is Jake really such a good guy? Will her mom ever look at her with some pride again? Will the pain ever go away – without the use of painkillers?

You will have to read the book to see 😛

I loved this book for how refreshingly real it was. I don’t think that we focus enough on how tough things are for teens in school these days. A lot of pressure is put on them to perform and a lot of disapproval is thrown their way if they don’t. And we all know drugs play a huge part in high schools.

Genna turned to the Vicodin thinking she had no one else to help her out. If only she could open her eyes and see what she had – her dad and best friend. They had great relationships and gave me warm fuzzies by how supportive and understanding they were of everything that Genna was going through.

My only problem was that there were a few things that felt a little obvious. Genna and her mom’s relationship, the fact that Jake was such a player to start off with. Genna’s crush paying her attention after all this time because he felt he had to ‘clean up his act to be good enough’. Other than that this was a good read.

This wasn’t quite what I expected but better for it.




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