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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.Sidelined by Kendra C. Highley
Published by Entangled Teen on October 1, 2013
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(Last Updated On: January 17, 2022)
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.
I’m always a huge sucker for contemporaries in the summer, so I knew that I would want to give this one a read. Sidelines follows a girl named Genna who is an amazing basketball player. She’s a senior and even has college teams recruiting her for scholarships for the next year.
Needless to say, life is going pretty perfectly… at least until her basketball team makes it to the finals. She falls and hurts herself during the game only to have to be told that she will never be able to fully play basketball competitively again.
I think a big part of what made this story so great was the realness of it. Athletes get hurt all the time and are told that they’ll never be able to play competitively again.
However, they then have to find out that there’s more to life and what defines them than just their athletic abilities. There’s also medication addiction strewn throughout this novel which is also very real.
Genna was a very great character. I liked her and understood why she was so serious about sports because I’m also an athlete. Jake was a pretty awesome crutch in her life after she got injured and I loved that he was always there for her. He definitely always wanted what was best for Genna, even if she didn’t agree with him.
In the end, Sidelined was a very easy read and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a contemporary with a bit more depth.