Published by Entangled Teen on October 1, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, YA
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Also by this author: The Bad Boy Bargain, The Perfectly Imperfect Match
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.
Guest Post with Kendra C. Highley: Genna’s Playlist
I’m one of those people who has to have music when I write, and to me, a character really comes to life once I know her song. Genna’s full playlist is below, but one song really stands out for me. I was drafting Sidelined when Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto was released. I’m a huge Coldplay fan, and the second I heard “Paradise,” I knew I’d found Genna’s song. It’s about a girl who had big dreams, lost them, and found hope. I literally got chills when I heard it, and the rough draft poured out after that. In fact, Dr. Charles’ advice to Genna—“Paradise moves”—came out of that song. Here are the rest of the tunes that made this character tick:
Genna’s Ultimate Playlist:
- “Paradise” by Coldplay
- “Us Against the World” by Coldplay (aka the rainstorm song)
- “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC
- “Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own” by U2
- “Grey Street” by Dave Matthews Band
- “Can’t Take It In” by Imogen Heap
- “Who Knew” by Pink
- “Possession” by Sarah McLachlan
- “This Too Shall Pass” by OK Go
- “Running to Stand Still” by U2
I’ll have to check out some of these songs. But I LOVE Coldplay!
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