Kendra C. Highley
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Genna Pierce’s life is finally falling into place. Perfect grades? Check. Her choice of scholarship now that basketball recruiters are sniffing around? Check. The hot guy she’s crushed on since freshman year finally noticing her? Looks like it’ll be a check any day now.
But when a freak accident sidelines Genna, her perfect life starts breaking apart into a million less-than-perfect pieces. No more scholarships. Spiraling grades. And she’s sure Jake Butler, her forever crush, will have zero interest in someone as broken as she is.
Except Jake does want to stick around. He may have started falling for the girl Genna used to be, but he’ll wait for the girl she could become—if she can find enough left in her to pick up the pieces and start again.
Genna is a star basketball player whose team is on their way to the State Championship. Most everything is going right in her life; she has college offers to fantastic schools, she starts dating the guy she's crushed on since Freshman year, Jake, and she's on the top of her game. Then she has a career-ending injury. She finds that her dream is over and there never was a Plan B. On top of all of that, her parents are fighting all of the time and when she really needs her mother, work seems more important. All of this physical and emotional pain leads to her abusing her pain medication and going to extraordinary measures in order to make sure she's never without her pills.
I loved so many things about this story. It highlighted what so many injured student athletes experience. At no point did her parents or any of her doctors think to assess her emotional wellbeing after being told that her plan can no longer happen or when her home life implodes. Genna had amazing support from her friends, Jake, and her father. Once she starts therapy, she has the best therapist she could have possibly had. He never took her answers at face value and calls her out when she's evasive.
Jake was amazing. He's invested in Genna whether she plays basketball or not. He has quite the reputation around school but took the time to change his ways before pursuing a relationship with her. He reached out for help when he saw Genna spiraling out of control. It was his interference that kept Genna's path from becoming worse than it could have been.
This was my first book by this author but it certainly won't be the last. I hope that some of the side characters get their own story!
*I received a copy of the book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
- Level: Grades 7-13
- Category: Coming of Age
- Published: Oct 01, 2013
- Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
- Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
- Print Length: 250 Pages
- Language: English