Series: Waiting on the Sidelines #1
Narrator: Laura Darrell
on November 13th 2013 / July 28th 2015
Genres: Coming of Age, Young Adult Fiction
Format: audiobook ARC
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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.
WAITING ON THE SIDELINES
by Ginger Scott
I was fortunate to receive the audiobook for this story and I have to say that Laura Darnell did a tremendous job narrating the heroine Nolan. She has a young enough voice to make it credible and I really enjoyed listening to her bringing life to the characters.
In my last review of one of Ginger Scott’s books I mentioned that I can rely on lovable heroes. This time it’s the hero who made me feel utterly conflicted in WAITING ON THE SIDELINES.
Reed’s immature actions and sometimes spiteful reactions didn’t exactly endear him to me. I would have been able to explain it away if he’d had a good reason to be the way he was but he didn’t. Nolan and Reed started out as friends with the heroine always carrying a torch for Reed. When the time came that Reed developed deeper feelings he dropped the ball not only once but numerous times and at some point I was wondering if Nolan wouldn’t be better off without him. But (yes, there is a but): I saw glimpses of the characters I’ve come to love in this author’s stories and I’m hoping that he will make up for all the crap he gave Nolan in the next book.
By now you’re probably wondering why I still gave WAITING ON THE SIDELINES a high rating. And here is why: The book was told in the heroine’s point of view and I felt like it was more her journey in this Coming of Age story than it was the hero’s. Nolan grew so much from the beginning of her puppy love for Reed to the end when she knew she’d always love him but recognized the toxic relationship they’d had in the past. I loved Nolan – sure she had her moments, sometimes being immature as well but she owned it, learned from it and grew with it.
This story isn’t easy – it’s full of teenage angst and yet Ginger Scott managed to make me relate to the characters. Yeah it’s been a while since I was in high school but I can remember the heartbreak back then. I need a little breather before I go into GOING LONG but I want to see how Reed is being redeemed. I expect more delicious angst!