Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Sidelined by Kendra C. Highley Spotlight and Review

SIDELINED Digital Assets

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. 

For Genna Pierce everything was beginning to fall into place.  Her basketball career is progressing and scouts are interested, she has caught the eye of her crush Jake Butler, and she is hoping her dream is about to come true with getting a scholarship into college.  The only negative in her life is her parents arguing, but she can live with that.  Everything is perfect, until it all comes shattering down around her and she can't play anymore.  Even when she tries to push Jake away, he is by her side.  As she begins a downward path with the help of pain meds, everything deteriorates around her,  but if she can find it within herself she can change a negative into a positive.

I so felt for Genna, she has a bright future and then it implodes.  I thought that the way the author handled her addiction was eye opening and very well written.  Loved Jake, he is a trooper and a little bit of bad boy was mixed in there to be able to identify with him.  Excellent read.

About Kendra:

Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to two self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most critical job. She believes in everyday magic, extraordinary love stories and the restorative powers of dark chocolate.

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