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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.

Book Heaux Rating: 5 Stars

Sometimes I get a book craving. It could be for major angst, a good cry, hot sex, in this particular case I was jonesing for a great young adult book. Lemme just say…I am forever indebted to the reader who recommended this book to me. 

You ever read a book that sucks you in so deep you become desperate for the happiness of the main characters? That is how I felt reading Waiting on the sidelines, while I was reading this book nothing was more important to me than Nolan and Reed’s happiness. ESPECIALLY not my husbands many unwelcome attempts at striking up a conversation with me. You would think he would know better by now!

Anyway, back to the book!.

I FREAKIN LOVED IT! I loved it so much I literally didn’t stop once I started it. It was such a realistic look at High School years, those jitters you feel when you meet your first love. Jealousy, mean girls, bullies, and betrayal. And it touched me, deeply! My heart ached for Nolan as she kept her head up, facing the many struggles of High School. This girl didn’t have much financially, but she showed such poise and maturity that I absolutely loved her!

And Reed, lord knows he pissed me off more than once but I couldn’t help but love him a root for him. Even when I wanted to slap some sense into him. I loved this book and I can not wait to read Going Long!