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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: #1,310,179 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

Customer Reviews

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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Reeves VINE VOICE on May 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
Playing Hurt is author Holly Schindler's sophomore title and though I haven't had a chance to read her first book - A Blue So Dark - I was excited to give her second book a read. Her writing flowed beautifully, creating realistic characters and teen angst that easily made this a book I'd recommend to others.

When a sports injury leaves Chelsea unable to do what she loves, she's forced to see and do things totally differently. What she used to know of her life is no longer and she's struggling with many different issues as a result. She has a loving boyfriend, who's the guy all the girls want and Gabe goes out of his way to make sure she knows she's the same person she's always been and always will be. Their relationship is sweet and honest, on his part but confused on hers. It was easy to understand her confusion due to so many drastic changes that happened so quickly. I mean teens go through so much as it is and then to have such a huge part of who you are taken away, as she did would mess with anyone's head.

Schindler does a great job writing the normal trials of teens and then mixes in some of the added stresses many face day to day....

When Chelsea's family goes away on their summer vacation she has no idea that her dad has set her up with a trainer for their time away. Her family knows she's hurting emotionally and they're as much at a loss as how to heal as she is. They just want her to feel as normal as she can again. So through this "boot camp" she meets her trainer Clint, who is dealing with his own issues. He's not much older than her, but he does have some scars that are in need of healing.

Clint is one of those rugged all around good guys. He helps his parents, works a couple of summer jobs and goes to school.
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