Monday, September 23, 2013

Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway: Sidelined (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 somedefinite 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.

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.

Really enjoyed this book! What an honest look at how a young person can become dependent on something. This book tells the story of Imogen "Genna", the high school senior who had it all and lost it. Genna was the star basketball player for her high school team and could not wait to attend the college of her choice to play college ball. She had scouts at all her games and knew she was going to receive a scholarship to play basketball. 

 Genna had a crush on the athletic quarterback, Jake. Jake asked Genna out after she made the game winning shot that secured her team a spot in the playoffs. She could not believe all of her dreams were coming true. During the first game in the playoffs Genna jumped for the ball and landed wrong thanks to a push from another player. She had broken her leg and was told she would never be able to play competitively again. Her life was quickly falling apart. Her basketball career was over, her parents were fighting, her grades were slipping, she was pushing Jake away and the only thing that helped the pain was the Vicodin.

 Genna found herself running out of pain pills before it was time for a refill. She began to go to different doctors to get the pills and starting lying to everyone. Jake told her dad what he thought was going on. Luckily Genna had family and friends that loved her and got her the help she needed. It was not easy for her! 

 I highly recommend this book to any teenager or parent that is dealing with drug abuse. Even if you are not dealing with drug abuse the book tells a great story! I give Sidelined 4 stars.

Tour Schedule

Week One

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 Two
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

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  1. Sounds like a nice read, especially for parents, can be informative.

  2. congrats to Kendra on the new release !Thanks for sharing :)

  3. Sounds like a really good book. Prescription drug addiction can happen so fast to anyone not just teenagers. I have known seniors who got addicted after being in the hospital. They just push the drugs on people.

  4. I love Kendra's previous books and am really looking forward to reading this one. Congrats on the release!

  5. I was just talking to my teenage daughter the other day about the dangers of perscription drugs,I think it is a great topic for a book right now

  6. Congratulations on the release of the new book , Thank you for the chance to win!

  7. Seems to be a great book! Can't wait to read it!

    Thanks for the giveaway!!! :D

  8. "Sidelined" sounds like a great book! :)

    ~Veronica Vasquez~

  9. Congratulations on the Book Release. This book just so reminds you of how much pressure Teens can go through these days and all the thinks that can happen to change what we thought the future holds for us. Great Book look forward to reading it.

  10. Great to see issues being highlighted like the drug abuse here.

  11. I can't wait to read. Thanks for the giveaway.

  12. Sounds very interesting i had a friend that died from an overdose of prescription drugs when i was in high school.

  13. Wow, I've never seen a giveaway for a basketball. I'm a fan of my alma mater's women's basketball team.

  14. Thank you for the great giveaway!! This books sounds great
    Tammy Dalley

  15. Thanks very much for the giveaway :)