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Author: Kendra C Highley
Publishers: Entangled Teen, Entangled Publishing
Date of Publication: October 13th, 2013
What a rollercoaster ride this amazing story is! Just imagine you’re eighteen, doing great with your academic work, you’re a star basket ball player, likely to get a full scholarship through your talent, your team is heading for the finals with a good chance of winning, the boy you’ve crushed on for years asks you out and then everything in your life totally disintegrates… You get severely injured in a match, putting an end to your basketball dreams, your life is filled with pain, all scholarship offers are rescinded and that’s just the start of things going wrong for you . . .
This is no sweet romance, it is filled with pain, heartbreak and turmoil. It explores in an emotive manner the problems associated with parental break ups, addiction to pain meds, first love, the loss of self worth and what happens when your dreams and aspirations get totally derailed. Nothing is sugar coated, it is raw and poignant. It helps explore so many issues in a meaningful manner with great characters that it could almost be compulsory reading for older teens, demonstrating so dramatically the impact of broken dreams, how easy addiction can happen to anyone and how hard it is to get out of the downward spiral.
Having said all that, it is also a story of growth, showing even after dreams have been shattered a different but still very positive future is possible, especially with the support of true friends and a loving parent. Whatever the future looks like at the moment you don’t know what is round the next corner and need to keep on going, keep positive and striving to achieve your own HEA. This isn’t just a story for teens, it is an emotive story I recommend to everyone – teen, adult, parents and grandparents, anyone – a superb exploration of dark times and inspirational for the future.
Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
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.
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