byAmy Avanzino

Paperback | July 19, 2016

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"Avanzino has written a story of motherhood. Every word is one of love, of sacrifice, and of surprising depth. I absolutely adored it." - Gretchen Archer, USA Today Bestselling Author of Double Knot"Amy Avanzino is one seriously funny and smart writer. Her wry and winning voice is reminiscent of Liane Moriarty. FROM THE SIDELINE is a wildly entertaining novel about the world of competitive youth sports, and I laughed on every page." - Karin Gillespie, National Bestselling Author of Girl Meets Class"Heartwarming, tender, and funny as hell-FROM THE SIDELINE is a lot more than a football story: it's about parenting, friendships, and the courage to take yourself off the bench and get back in the game. Avanzino will have you cheering!" - Phoebe Fox, Author of the Breakup Doctor Series "Sparkles with wry humor and will keep you laughing and cheering for this mom-and-son team." - Jackie Bouchard, USA Today Bestselling Author of House Trained "A great story that never slowed down with twists around every corner." - Holly Rust, contributing writer for The Huffington Post and founder of the humor blog Mother's Guide to Sanity "FROM THE SIDELINE packs an emotional punch in the best way. Laughter, tears, heartache and joy all combine for a truly touching read." - 125Pages"An absolute delight-funny, sharp, and full of heart. From the Sideline kept me laughing and, more importantly, Amy Avanzino kept me turning the pages. I can't wait to read whatever she brings next." - The Girl with Book LungsAfter 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?Related subjects include: chick lit, women's fiction, humor, humorous fiction, rom com, romantic comedy, friendship.Books in the Wake-Up Call Series. WAKE-UP CALL (#1). FROM THE SIDELINE (#2)Part of the Henery Press Chick Lit Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all...Author Bio: Amy Avanzino received a Bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a Master's from the University of Washington. She is a former special education teacher who has spent the last several years writing and doing extensive hands-on research for her Wake-Up Series, the first of which is Wake-Up Call. She's a contributing writer of Hap Scotch, a play performed at the 2008 Frigid Festival in New York, which won two Audience Choice Awards. Amy currently lives in the stands above the football fields, basketball courts, and baseball diamonds around Folsom, California with her husband and four children. Visit her at
Title:FROM THE SIDELINEFormat:PaperbackDimensions:270 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.57 inPublished:July 19, 2016Publisher:Henery PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:163511053X

ISBN - 13:9781635110531


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Series issues that make you think Another well written, novel by Amy Avanzino, which can be read as a stand-alone novel, or as part of this interesting series about the lives of people in a suburban neighborhood who find they have to learn to grow beyond their comfort zones to have the life they need, in the way they don’t always realize. Autumn Kovac’s sole focus is the well-being of her 10 yr. old son, Zachary, especially since his dead-beat dad, Clyde, refuses to be in Zachary’s life and is abusive to Autumn. When Zachary wants to join a local football team, Autumn resists her reluctance and chooses to support him in every way she can, even if getting him to practice on time jeopardize her job. Autumn’s neighbors, Lainey and Sarah from book 1, try to support her new focus on all things football, while keeping her grounded in the reality that this is not the major leagues and these are children playing a game. The latter is hard to do when Autumn is drawn into the group of fanatic mothers at the football games and the demands of the league’s president to volunteer with the players who need help with scholastic achievement eat up so much of her time. Team EMT Joaquin Valdez takes an active interest in helping Zachary get up to speed with all things football and his one-on-one coaching forms a bond that a fatherless boy gravitates towards. Autumn’s abused childhood has left her with expectations that she has to face in order to give Zachary the opportunities in life that she wants for him and for herself. I purchased book 1, after reading this e book copy of book 2 through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2016-08-02