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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  153 ratings  ·  59 reviews
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-th
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
Mar 06, 2016 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 bas
Suze Lavender
May 07, 2016 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
Sep 02, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
The book releases October 1, 2013. Yay!
Oct 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
+Genna's longtime crush admits that he's liked her too, but wanted to drop his bad reputation before asking her out.
+Jake has seen Genna at her worst and wants her anyway.
+After mangling her leg, Genna has surgery, her basketball career is over, her grades are suffering, but she finds solace in making out with Jake and popping Vicodin like candy. Drug addiction doesn't have to be hard, street drugs. Prescription medications are just as easily abused, which I think is an important topic.
Sep 06, 2013 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 car
Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)

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 bi
Oct 03, 2013 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
Sarah Elizabeth
Sep 05, 2013 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
Oct 06, 2013 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
Sep 06, 2013 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
Soma Rostam
Sep 20, 2013 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
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jessie Harrell
Oct 10, 2013 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
Rashika (is tired)
Oct 11, 2013 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 14, 2013 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
Sep 27, 2013 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 the I first
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
Becca Andre
Oct 11, 2013 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
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book started out really well for me, the story was engaging and I was all in. It kind of started falling apart once "the main event" happens.

I could see the entire scenario playing itself out and yet, even at the height of the "problem" the author never portrays her main character as being that much in turmoil - as a matter of fact, nobody around her really seems to be all that surprised or mad or anything really at the end result. Sure, the Highley throws in a "desperate act" - but to me,
Sep 09, 2013 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 10, 2013 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 10, 2013 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
Meegz Reads
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Julie (Bookish.Intoxication)
Sep 24, 2014 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.
NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}
***ARC kindly provided via NetGalley for the exchange of an honest review***
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sports, hs
Very good book. Some deep stuff, but a good read.

First off, it’s ENTIRELY different than the description. The description would lead you to believe this book is young adult romance novel. While there is a romance intertwined, it is not the main concept of the story.

That being said, I liked the unexpected. The story was much different than I thought, but it was very captivating.

I enjoyed most of the characters. I thought they were very real and Highley portrayed their emotions realistically. So
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Relatable, well written and full of emotions. Genna is a snarky and fun teenager who gets thrown one heck of a curveball her senior year of high school. The story is based around that curveball and how she handles all the ensuing events. This is a YA novel and has some hot topics such as opioid abuse, divorce, and college admission/financial aid stress.

This is my first book that I have read from KH and I enjoyed it. Well paced and entertaining. I enjoyed the detailed perspective that was shown
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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