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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Flux (March 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738722871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738722870
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #924,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Holly Schindler (Springfield, Missouri) dove headfirst into her writing pursuits after obtaining an M.A. in English from Missouri (ma-zur-ah) State University. Her essays, poems, and short stories have appeared in such journals as The Explicator, Slipstream, and Short Story. A Blue So Dark is her first novel. Visit her online at

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Holly Schindler's debut novel, A Blue So Dark, received a starred review in Booklist, was named one of Booklist's Top 10 First Novels for Youth, and won both a silver medal from ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year and a gold medal in the IPPY Awards. She is also the author of Playing Hurt (YA romance) and The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky (contemporary MG). Feral (YA psychological thriller) has received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. Visit her online at

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I respected Chelsea and I fell in love with Clint.
princess bookie
I loved the fact that the story was told from both of their perspectives because it gives you a real feel for each of the characters as a whole.
I recommend Playing Hurt to anyone who enjoys contemporary Young Adult fiction and a wonderful summer romance.
Lucy (Moonlight Gleam)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Misha on June 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
Rating is 2.5

Having heard a lot about the author's previous book and because of my mostly good experiences with YA contemporary novels, I expected a lot from Playing Hurt. The book turned out to be completely different from what I expected and unfortunately, not in a good way. Though I am sorry to say I am a bit disappointed in the book, there still are things I did like about it which I will come to later.

Chelsea Keyes was the star basketball player in her high school. Everything changed after a disastrous accident that stopped her from playing any further games. Chelsea is broken not just physically but mentally too. Everything she worked towards is falling apart. Her boyfriend, Gabe supports her through the rough time. Chelsea goes to a three week "boot camp" program which is a gift from her father. Her trainer is 19 year old, Clint, who has his own painful past to deal with. Chelsea and Clint are two broken people trying to be whole again. When they meet, they are immediately drawn to each other, but Chelsea is torn between Gabe and Clint.

I have not read the author's previous novel, A Blue So Dark, but I have heard it being praised a lot, especially the author's writing. I agree completely. Her beautiful writing creates a lingering effect - there are lines and paragraphs that I could read again and again.

Playing Hurt is told from both Clint and Chelsea's perspectives, which is something different because usually we only get to know one of the main protagonists' point of view. In Playing Hurt, we get to know what both of them are thinking or feeling in more detail. The transition between the two POVs is smooth and unlike what one might expect, it's not confusing at all.

Initially, I really liked how the story evolved.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lucy (Moonlight Gleam) on April 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
Unable to cope with losing her ability to play basketball, Chelsea Keyes tortures herself endlessly by replaying the moment the accident occurred in her mind. Chelsea was already physically weak from putting herself through so much training, that after slipping during a game, she falls and breaks her hip. Chelsea continuously blames herself for not being more careful in preventing it from happening. Now graduating from high school, having a supportive and seemingly perfect boyfriend, and a brother who cares for her and just wishes she would move on with her life, Chelsea simply refuses to forget and let go of the past.

Clint begins in a similar emotional state as Chelsea does, although his source of tragedy is very different. Clint struggles with coming to terms with the loss of his long-time girlfriend in a car accident years ago, and loads himself with endless work to try and forget it even occurred.

This all changes the instant Chelsea and Clint meet at a lake resort during the summer. Clint is hired by Chelsea's father to help her get back into shape. Throughout their time together, they develop great chemistry and although Chelsea has a boyfriend back home, their attraction to one another is undeniable.

Playing Hurt is a moving story about two broken characters that together find ways to heal their wounds, face their fears and ultimately discover what true love is.

My favorite element of the novel is the way Playing Hurt is written in alternating perspectives through Chelsea and Clint's eyes. By presenting each of their perspectives, I was able to connect to the characters on a more personal level and was captivated from the first scene about Chelsea's athletic past until the very last line of the novel.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This book is a tough one for me to review. Did I love it? I stayed up late reading last night and the first thing I did this morning was pick the book up and finish off the last 100 pages before doing anything else. Holly Schindler is a great writer. I was pulled into this story and didn’t want to put the book down. As soon as I get a copy I’ll read her debut novel A Blue so Dark. Those who enjoy contemporary young adult books are likely to love this one.

The only issue I have with this book is the sexual content. The books starts off with Chelsea being embarrassed that she is still a virgin. Being the conservative parent and reader that I am – to me that is not something to be embarrassed by but rather proud of – I know I’m in the minority in today’s world but those are my values. With such an emphasis placed on her virginity I assumed she would lose it before the end of the book and she did. There were 3 or 4 very passion filled scenes in this book that I would not let a teenager read. As an adult I was blushing, I know it still doesn’t take much to make me blush but it seemed like Chelsea had a lot of trouble keeping herself clothed. For a Young Adult book this had a lot more detail and passion then most of what I’ve read. There wasn’t much “fade to black” in this one which would be more appropriate for a young adult audience.

This book had a really good message to it about overcoming loss and finding love.

Rating: 4 Stars

Content: Heavy sexual content and some language

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