Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Blog Tour - Review and #Giveaway - Sidelined by Kendra C. Highley

 Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Rockstars Blog Tours and Entangled publishing.
 This giveaway is sponsored by author Kendra C. Highley.
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. 


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.

Sidelined by Kendra C. Highley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sidelined(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 again.

With Vicodin the only thing keeping her going, and her mother more and more absent from her life, Genna feels like her life is on a downward spiral.
Can Genna learn to cope without the Vicodin? Should she still be with Jake? What is her mother up to? And what will happen to Genna now she can’t play basketball?

This was a good YA contemporary story, and I liked how normal Genna was.

Genna was a great character. She was just so normal! Totally the sort of person that you would be friends with and go to school with, and what happened to her just sucked. I really felt for her when she realised that her career was over, and the way that she became hooked on Vicodin, without even realising it showed how dangerously addictive narcotics are, even to your average everyday person.

I liked the storyline in this book, and I liked how well the book flowed. I felt really sorry for what Genna was going through, and at the same time understood her addiction and how she ended up where she was. I did see some parts of the storyline coming, but this didn’t really spoil the story at all.
I thought the drug addiction part of the story was done really well, especially as Genna felt like a normal person, and didn’t come across the way you would expect an addict to come across. I also liked how the legal problems of Genna’s addiction were also dealt with.

I liked the romance between Genna and Jake, although that wasn’t really the main focus of the story. I thought that there could possibly have been a bit more romance, but the story was fine as it was really. If you’re looking for a romance novel, this isn’t really it though, this focuses more on Genna’s problem with drugs.

I liked the ending of the book, and I liked how things worked out okay for Genna in the end, and we got as much of a happy ending as we could in the situation!
Overall; a good YA contemporary story dealing with addiction.
8 out of 10.


$25 Amazon/Barnes & Noble gift card and a women’s collegiate basketball to the first prize winner (US Only)
3 $10 Amazon/Barnes & Noble gift cards for 3 second prize winners (International)

Tour Schedule
Week 1
9/23/2013- Curling Up With A Good Book- Review
9/24/2013- A Book and a Latte- Interview
9/25/2013- Emilie's Book World- Review
9/26/2013- I'll tumble for YA- Guest Post
9/27/2013- Sweet Southern Home- Interview

Week 2
9/30/2013- Bookish Things & More- Guest Post
10/1/2013- Sarah Elizabeth's Bookshelf- Review
10/2/2013- Avery's Book Nook- Guest Post
10/3/2013- Once Upon a Twilight- Review
10/4/2013- BookHounds YA- Interview


  1. Thanks for the great giveaway! The book looks really interesting

  2. The book sounds great. It doesn't sound like every other YA book out there. Thanks!

  3. I am really getting into contemps with sports.

  4. The book looks great read. Looking forward to read this book :)