Waiting on the Sidelines
Nolan Lennox had things figured out. Named after a baseball legend, she enjoyed being the Tomboy, her closet filled with her brother's hand-me-downs, cut-off jeans and soccer shorts. But when her first trip to high school results in a broken heart from the first boy to ever make her heart flutter and cruel words from an older girl she once thought a family friend, Nolan starts to question the very person she thought she was and wonders if her humble upbringing can compete with the afforded luxuries of her privileged peers.
Throughout the next four years, Nolan struggles to maintain herself throughout her path of discovery, learning just how cruel teenagers can be through the pressures of underage drinking, sexuality and class. And despite how life seems to continue to work against her, she still manages to listen to her heart, falling deeper and deeper for the guy the entire town adores, even if he only sees her as a friend. Can Nolan strike a compromise between her own integrity and the boy she loves? And can she make him notice her before it's too late?
Reed Johnson came to Coolidge High School with a lot of fanfare. The son of a hometown football legend and the brother of a local football hero, Reed wore all the pressures of carrying a town without hope into the spotlight. Thankfully, he had the talent to back it up. But when he meets a girl who makes him think twice about exactly what being a hero means, he starts to wonder if following in his brother's footsteps might be all wrong.
Nolan Lennox was everything that was opposite of expected. She didn't flirt, she didn't drink and she didn't sleep around. Nothing about her was easy, but something about her made Reed want to try harder. Though she didn't look the part, she seemed to be spending a lot of time in Reed's thoughts, and he wondered if she could be the one who made it all worthwhile. But could Reed handle letting her down? And would breaking her heart break him beyond repair?
Waiting on the Sidelines explores young love to its fullest, exposing how real young heartbreak and passion is and how important it is to discover yourself and hold onto your own identity. The story follows two young characters as they deal with mature situations, including the prevalence of bullying and promiscuity in today's high school setting. Ultimately, Waiting on the Sidelines is a story of hope, honesty and those powerful, first true loves--the ones worth holding onto at any cost.
3.5 FOUR YEARS OF CHANCES stars
the Sidelines my kindle forever.
“But…I honestly have just got to get over this. I have spent half of my teenage years…high school…pining after a stupid boy and letting the same girl walk all over me.”
WOTS spans the four years of high school. A lot of drama filled moments shape these years. The back and forth between being friends and lovers mixed with heart break and anger followReed and Nolan as they try to figure out what kind of relationship they are destined with each other.
I have three teenagers in high school so I know all about how crazy high school can be at times. I have often teased them that I’m going to write my own young adult book because I feel like I’m living in my own real life young adult book.
WOTS is a coming of age story about giving
another a ton of chances to your first love.
Going Long continues with this same couple into their college years.
**Complimentary copy courtesy of Ginger Scott via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**