*This book was sent to me via NetGalley for an honest review*
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
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
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.
Wow that summary is WAY more than anyone really needed.
This book was just what I needed. I felt like I needed a good romance story to get me through a funk and this did the trick. Nolan (kinda love that name) and Reed are an adorable couple. It took them a long time to realize what they have and they went through a lot of shit in order to be together, but I thoroughly enjoyed the journey.
Reed and Nolan have the kind of love that most people look for. It was pretty instant, but it took them awhile to realize what was under their noses. They had some serious issues (some of which I truly wish hadn't happened), but they gave each other space and worked on the tough spots. I probably would have slapped Reed across the face for some of the things he said, but I know it came from a place of pain. High school can be a bitch.
I can't wait to read the follow-up novel Going Long and find out what happens next with these two!
Both Waiting on the Sidelines and Going Long are available now. Go check them out!