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Review by Suze
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 basketball and she loses her scholarship offers. She's a broken girl and she thinks Jake shouldn't be with her. Her heart has been shattered and she has no idea how to mend it. Slowly things are spiraling out of control and Genna doesn't know how to stop it.
Sidelined is a serious story. When I picked it up I didn't expect a book with such an important and difficult topic. It was a really good surprise. The story has a lot of depth and I couldn't put it away. I had tears in my eyes when I read Genna's story. It was heartbreaking to see what she was going through. Kendra C. Highley writes about her problems with a lot of empathy and that's exactly what it needs. Genna's story is sad, but fortunately there's also a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel. The ending is really good, it's both realistic and fitting.
Kendra C. Highley writes in an honest way. She doesn't sugarcoat things and the feelings she writes about are raw and beautiful. Sidelined is an easy read about a sensitive topic. I like that combination, because it enables you to totally lose yourself in the emotions. Love, friendship and family are important in Genna's life and as she has to deal with many problems at the same time she needs people who care, who can help her heal and who are making sure she knows she isn't on her own. Reading about those important connections is what I loved the most about this book. Sidelined is a strong story about a broken girl who needs to find the strength to get up again after a serious knockdown in life.