April 3, 2016 by ceresbooksworld
Sidelined by Kendra C. Highley
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication date: October 1st, 2013
Source: eArc from the Publisher
Rating: 3,5 hearts
Synopsis (from goodreads)
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.
I will separate the review in two part, before the accident and after.
Imogen is a basketball star, she’s smart, cool and very talented in her sport. And she goes by Genna because she doesn’t like Imogen as a name. She’s noticed by some university’s scouts and even by Jake Butler, her crush. She has a best friend, Rowan who is playing with her. Her mother is very demanding, she wants Genna to be a basketball professional and she wants her to be scout by great university. Her dad is a present but it’s her mother who is the more strong head in this part of the book. Jake is a great guy, he likes Genna and he wants to be a good boy for her. I like him, he’s interesting and I like this Genna too because even she has a dream and she doesn’t crush the others to reach it. The romance between Genna and Jake begin very well, they are so cute together and they understand each other.
This first part was great but it was the cool part, the part where everything is alright for the characters so it’s normal.
Genna is badly hurt, physically and mentally, she saw her life crashing, she will not play basketball any more, she’s going to have to learn again to walk and especially to find a new purpose in her life. And that’s not all, she’s hurt physically too and the addiction is not far. Her life is crashing everywhere, her dream is dead, her body is hurt and her family is broken. Only Rowan and Jake are here for her, but she doesn’t let them be. I don’t like this Genna, she feels sorry for her, I can understand the addiction, but I am sad with the fact that she thinks that her life is done because she cannot play basketball any more. In what world does she live? She doesn’t see on the news that sportsmen are often hurt and they find a new job or a new dream. She’s a teenager so I have a hard time to understand this kind of thinking. She has a life before her so yes, she can’t play basket anymore, but she can do a lot of other thing. I like the way Kendra C. Highley treats the addiction in this book, it’s so real, Genna is closing herself from everyone, she doesn’t recognize that she’s an addict and that she needs help. I also like Jake very much, he doesn’t let her go, and he’s fighting for her even if it’s breaking his heart. Her father is finally more impressive in this part, he fights for his daughter and he won’t let anything and no one hurt her even less her. The thing which terribly missed me it is the friendship between Rowan and Genna in this part, we have the impression that Rowan suspects nothing and finally is not so present as that for a friend. The mother of Genna made a drastic decision and her relation with her daughter is going to suffer from it, she will do everything to return in her life but it will take time.
My feelings to this book are really contradictory, I liked certain parts and I hated certain reactions of Genna. I especially had difficulty with the despair of Genna, probably because I was never in this case. I shall thus let you choose if this book tempts you or not. In any case I have nothing to add on the writing of the author.
About the author
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