Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Sidelined by Kendra C. Highley

Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pub. Date: September 23, 2013

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.

Queekie Girl Reads Reviews...

Sidelined by Kendra C. Highley

**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 her mom's skill in basketball, Genna is all ready and prep up - entitled to win the state with her team. She is an all-confident, aspiring basketball player. She set her future devoted to the sport she's always love her whole life. Unfortunately, the accident made her unable to continue pursuing her dream. It completely shattered her. One is already enough, however, the obstacles keep coming her way, one after the other. Her parents' divorce, that is. Destroyed by the addiction that has become her, where she turned all her problems to. She lost the ability to see beyond the challenges and its main purpose. Frustration. Her heart filled with loss. No purpose to exist at all. Though life is unfair, she learned to accept it.

Every character has their flaws they carry with them. Giving each of them the unique and believable authentic characters they are, neatly been thought-out.

In my opinion, primarily, what she has to go through were blessing in disguise. In which of those two conflicts she faced, she was hidden from the light at first. Slowly, revealing it's meaningful and beautifully woven story. The opportunity of hope came abundantly afterwards. I love that it doesn't focuses too much on romance but the family and self-control issues. The courage and determination she continued on despite everything, did not went to waste in the end. She has let the opportunity in and fully appreciate who she is and how had her life had turned out to be. This time, it didn't slip through her fingers. She's embracing every bit of it.

Genna has her supportive dad who has been all along with her through the tough times she's had. I believe that's what keeps her going. She's not about to give up. She looks up to her dad. She sees he never gave on her, even after all of chaos in their family. She does the same to continue fighting for what is worth. Her dad is all she's got.

I found it hard at first to review this book as it is thought-provoking. I ponder on a lot of things. I learned that you should broaden and be open minded on the varieties in choosing what you do in life. It will always not be align to how everything we want them to be. Have a better grasp of your goals. Back up plans. Be well-prepared for the cautions along the path you take.

Sidelined speaks to the soul to those who have this book in their hands.

(Actual) Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

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