Sidelined by Kara Bietz

Book tours may just be my favorite way to discover books I would’ve never found otherwise! From different genres and authors, to books I may not have picked up without the urge to do so, being a part of a book tour always makes me happy!

I had never read anything from Bietz before but I was blown away by what a quick and easy to get into book this was, I was honored to be able to read it and cannot wait to pass it on to my teen. This book so seamlessly made me comfortable with Julian and Elijah, as if I was inside the story and not just a casual observer.

The depth of their second chance at friendship and more, with mixed emotions, family struggles and the communities preconceived ideas of what a Texas footballer or teen from a certain family made this book incredibly relatable. Books like this one make me so excited for teens today, to have books that they identify with and can find the tough topics to lean into.

Thank you to TBR and Beyond Tours for having me on this tour, and for the ARC from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and the Novl for the opportunity to read this one! Head over to see the rest of the tour HERE.

About the Book:

Title: Sidelined

Author: Kara Bietz

Pub. Date: September 21st, 2021

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Pages: 304

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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An emotional YA romance about small town secrets, high school football, and broken hearts.

Julian Jackson has a short to-do list for his senior year at Crenshaw County High School in Meridian, Texas: football, football, and more football. He knows he’s only got one chance to earn a college scholarship and make it out of his small town, and keeping his head down, his grades up, and his cleats on the field is that one chance. And then Elijah Vance walks back into his life, throwing all of his carefully-laid plans into a tailspin.

Elijah and Julian used to be best friends, maybe even on their way to something more than just friends. But three years ago, Elijah broke into the school to steal money from the coach’s office, and Julian was the one who turned him in. After that, Elijah and his family disappeared without a trace. And now he’s back, sitting at Julian’s grandmother’s kitchen table.

But time and distance haven’t erased all of their feelings, and Elijah knows that he finally has a chance to prove to Julian that he’s not the same person he was three years ago. But with secrets still growing between them and an uncertain future barreling towards them, it may be harder to lean on each other than they thought.


About the Author:

Kara Bietz was born in New England but currently resides just outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her family. Her first novel, Until I Break, was a Texas Library Association Spirit of Texas Reading Program selection. Her newest release, Sidelined, is a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection.
When she’s not writing, you can find Kara hanging out with her family, singing show tunes to her dogs, and adding to her impressive pen collection. 

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