#BookReview: From the Sideline by Amy Avanzino

Reviewer: Samantha

I received a review copy

from the sidelineSummary:

After losing her marriage, life savings, and waistline, Autumn Kovac is terrified of being hit by more heartache. So when her only child decides to try out for the football team, the overprotective, sports-illiterate mom has a near phobic reaction. But Zachary hasn’t smiled since his father left, and she’s desperate to make him happy (and doing nothing and hoping for the best hasn’t been working). She reluctantly enters a new world of youth competitive sports, full of overzealous coaches with Vince Lombardi dreams and fanatical parents trying to achieve vicarious glory.

Unexpectedly, Autumn begins transforming within this strangely addictive new culture, finding her voice, facing her past, tackling her fears…and uncovering the secret that’s been keeping her from her son. After meeting her ideal catch, she finds herself back in the dating game and discovers some fierce competition of her own. Will Autumn make it off the sideline? Can the underdog finally win?


I have also read Wake Up Call from Amy Avanzino, and knew I wanted to read more from this author. When I saw her next title had a football theme to it, I got even more excited! I’m an NFL fan all the way, so I thought I would be able to find some common ground within the pages. I found that and much more. The relationship between Autumn and Zachary that we are privy to was touching and heart-warming. There are a lot of deep situations covered in this novel, but nothing too heavy that it made it difficult to keep turning the pages. There was humor at times, tears along the way, and I found myself nodding my head often. Even though I’m not a parent I still was able to relate to Autumn, and thought this book was incredibly well-written on a whole. I look forward to more from this author.

4 stars

amy avanzinoAbout the Author
Amy Avanzino is a former advertising executive, who has spent the last several years writing while doing extensive hands-on research for her WAKE-UP CALL series. She’s a contributing writer of Hap Scotch, a play performed at the 2008 Frigid Festival in New York.
Website: AmyAvanzino.com
Twitter: @AmyAvanzino

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