Review: Waiting on the Sidelines (Waiting on the Sidelines #1) by Ginger Scott

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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.

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Nolan Lynn Lennox lives in Coolidge, Arizona.  She is starting her freshman year and trying out for the volleyball team.  That’s the first time she sees Reed Johnson.  He is back and the predicted hero quarterback for the football team.  She is instantly crushing on him but he starts dating Tatum.  She is the mean girl in school.  She loves him from afar and watches him date Tatum.  She even goes as far as dating his friend Sean.
As school goes on and she gets older, she grows and admits what she wants.  Her journey through high school is full of hard times and triumphs.  Reed becomes a part of that journey.  However just when things are going great, things turn. Nolan has to make a tough choice.
I really liked this story.  It showed how Nolan grew and how she handled things.  It was a realistic portrayal of high school students and what their lives can be like at that time.
Reed’s pressure put on him by the team, town and himself was unbelievable.  The author did a great job of making him a multi-faceted character.  I liked him then I hated him.  He was young and stupid like a teenage boy can be.

The situations that appeared in this book were, at times, crazy.  You feel for Nolan, her forbidden love.  It’s hard to read because most know exactly how she felt.  It was such a relatable story and a great read.  I give it a 4.5 out of 5.

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