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4.11  ·  Rating Details  ·  87 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
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 believ ...more
Kindle Edition, 250 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Entangled: Teen (first published September 13th 2013)
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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 years asks you out and then everything in your life totally disintegrates… You get severely injured in a match, putting an end to your basketball dreams, your life is filled with pain, all scholarshi ...more
Nov 09, 2013 Lindsey rated it it was amazing
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 head, I couldn't do anything with it. For two years I went to 7 different doctors, took a dozen different tests, each telling me something different about my shoulder. After finally getting a diagnosis ...more
May 08, 2016 Suze rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 her. She feels like everything is the way it should be. Only then an accident changes Genna's life forever. She can no longer be the girl she used to be. Her grades are suffering, she can't play basketb ...more
Apr 07, 2016 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, favorites
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 wasn't what I expected, it was so much better and just overall all kinds of awesome.

Let me start with the characters, cause I love these characters to pieces.

Genna. Genna is the main girl. She's a basketb
Mar 31, 2016 Kendra added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
The book releases October 1, 2013. Yay!
Oct 27, 2014 Emilie rated it liked it
So here's the thing about Kendra C. Highley's Sidelined, I knew next to nothing about the book when I first started reading it. To be honest, all I really knew was that it was a contemporary story, the main character played basketball and I had guessed from the title that something happens to her and she can no longer play. I was going in blind. But I'm glad I did because it meant I was able to enjoy the story in a way I don't think I would have otherwise.

Genna always knew what her future would
Megan (escapeintoabooksite)
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 characters overcame difficulties and how those difficulties affected them in the first place. Fun and serious and would recommend.
Dani (

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 upfront and say that it might not hit other people as hard. I don't know...maybe it will. It's just that this book touched on some own personal issues that I've been going through the past year and a bit,
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 them away, some even worse than others. I can imagine, her whole future is shattered and she has to find a new future, but she doesn't take anyone's hand, she tries to everything herself, and you can
Oct 14, 2013 Queenielyn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, ebooks

**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 s
Oct 02, 2013 Nayab rated it really liked it
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 you can get. It’s gritty, it’s raw & it’s not afraid to get dark. Something I was expecting of a book that has a high school character as its lead.

I wasn’t bothered by Genna either way in
Sep 22, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
(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 Jake, a boy who she has had a major crush on forever.

When Genna is injured during a basketball game, all her plans are dust when she is told that she will never be able to play professional basketball
Rashika (is tired)
Oct 12, 2013 Rashika (is tired) marked it as did-not-finish
I DNFed this because there were too many fucking cliches in this book and too many other messed up things. I won't be writing a rant but here is a brief overview.

The girl has a pushy mom that is pressurising her to follow HER dream. Of course the girl actually loves the sport so it isn't that big of a deal to her but still. Also she used to train with her mother but when she became better than her mother, her mother suddenly didn't have time for her. Also the mother is so strict. This is like a
Oct 20, 2013 Kim rated it really liked it
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"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 scouts are making offers. She's started dating the guy she's had a crush on since 9th grade. Life is great. That is, until things go wrong in a split second on the basketball court and she suffers a career-ending injury
Oct 28, 2013 Anastasia rated it really liked it
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. She doesn't know how to deal with this, she doesn't know how to numb the pain, so she turns to Vicodin to do it for her. Before the accident everything was almost perfect, she had friend, a great team, ...more
Jessie Harrell
Nov 03, 2013 Jessie Harrell rated it really liked it
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-scream variety and her new boy friend is pretty much a typical guy. In short, the characters are so real you could touch them and entirely three dimensional.

As you can tell from the blurb, reading this
Oct 25, 2013 Angelique rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
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 grea
Soma Rostam "IOB"
Sep 20, 2013 Soma Rostam "IOB" rated it really liked it
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 great best friend, and the cute guy she has liked forever, Jake was interested in her.Up until a fatal injury later, her life is changed forever. No more basketball, her family is falling apart, and
Becca Andre
Oct 11, 2013 Becca Andre rated it it was amazing
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’s books, the prose feels effortless. It disappears into the background, letting the story shine through. The plot rolls along at a nice pace. I was never bored or tempted to skim. All the characters
Oct 12, 2013 Alessandra rated it it was amazing
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 inviting her to visit colleges, and she's now dating the football quaterback on whom she's had a crush for years. However, during an important match, she has a bad accident and can no longer play.

Genna is b
Oct 14, 2013 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
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 plans for the future seem to be falling into place.

Another plus….Jake Butler - the school hottie - has asked her out. Genna has secretly had a crush on him since the 9th grade. It seems Jake has admired
Oct 06, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it
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 often forget is real.

A wonderful novel touching on a contreversial subject. A great read.
Sep 11, 2013 Ashley rated it really liked it
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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 feel like the story is being rushed or dragging. I was swept up in the book from the very beginning, and while it did have an epilogue, I would've liked one a little further in the future. Overall, a VERY
Oct 15, 2013 Samantha rated it it was amazing
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 think that made the storyline that much more intriguing because you can see just how much Genna loves Basketball, and how the loss of her future affects her emotionally and physically.

It's a heartwrenchi
Kristen Otte
Nov 14, 2013 Kristen Otte rated it really liked it
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 realistic character. At times, I thought Jake seemed a little too good to be true, but I suppose his backstory made up for it. I think this book could really help other teens or young adults who face ...more
Apr 02, 2016 Laura rated it it was amazing
Genna is a star basketball player whose team is on their way to the State Championship. Most everything is going right in her life; she has college offers to fantastic schools, she starts dating the guy she's crushed on since Freshman year, Jake, and she's on the top of her game. Then she has a career-ending injury. She finds that her dream is over and there never was a Plan B. On top of all of that, her parents are fighting all of the time and when she really needs her mother, work seems more i ...more
Mar 28, 2016 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say that I was not expecting what we got from this story at all. I went into this one without reading the synopsis and thought that it was going to be about a young boy being hurt in football or some other sport and out for the season. Wow, that is so not what we got but I loved this story about Genna and her struggles that she went through. They were real life situations that anyone could be put in. The story was very well written and the characters were well developed.

Genna is a youn
Once Upon a Twilight
Mar 05, 2016 Once Upon a Twilight rated it really liked it
If you are looking for a true to life story, this is as close as you can get. Genna Pierce is an 18 year old senior in high school. Genna knows one thing for sure ... basketball is her life. She has yet to have a serious boyfriend, as basketball keeps her occupied and happy, despite what is going on in her home life. Her parents marriage is falling apart. Heartbroken, she finds a new passion, Jake Butler. Jake is the hottest boy in the school, with whom she has been in love with for years. Since ...more
Mar 14, 2016 Nikki rated it really liked it
Sidelined has a very touching and addicting story line. I really enjoyed reading about Genna and her life of hardships, addictions, and relationships. What she experienced would be hard for anyone to fathom, much less having to live. Experiencing a tramatic occurrence would take strength and most of all determination. Watching Genna battle her way through this new life was enjoyable, heartaching, and gave a hard outlook on struggles people may have to go through in real life.

Genna is a high sch
NiCoLeTa E.
***ARC kindly provided via NetGalley for the exchange of an honest review***
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Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to four self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most important job. She believes in everyday magic, extraordinary love stories, and the restorative powers of dark chocolate
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