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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 www.HollySchindler.com.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Flux (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: #1,806,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Holly Schindler's work has received starred reviews in Booklist and Publishers Weekly, has won silver and gold medals in ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year and the IPPY Awards, respectively, has been featured on Booklist's Best First Novels for Youth and School Library Journal's What's Hot in YA, and has been a PW Pick of the Week. She is owned by a Pekingese named Jake, and can be found working on her next book in her hometown of Springfield, Missouri. She can also be found at hollyschindler.com.

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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By michelle on April 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
Playing Hurt is the perfect summer read. Told in alternating point of view between Chelsea Keyes, a star basketball player whose athletic dreams were dashed when she took a horrible fall during her senior year of high school, and Clint Morgan, an ex-hockey player whose own personal tragedy caused him to abandon the sport. When these two met at a lake resort in Minnesota where Clint was working and Chelsea went to vacation with her family, the chemistry between them was palpable and soon they are having a really hot summer fling. The thing was, both were broken and have a lot of issues to figure out before becoming whole again. Chelsea also has a pretty serious boyfriend waiting back home. But Clint and Chelsea can't deny that one makes the other feel again like no one else can...

I love a good contemporary young adult romance and Playing Hurt is just that: a really, really good romance. The plot was simple and a straight up romance but very absorbing nonetheless, with characters you really grow to care for. Chelsea and Clint were really likable and you feel for them. Both characters felt very real--I don't play sports or experienced a tragedy like they had but I related to both of them anyway. I was also caught in their romance--Chelsea and Clint had some very steamy moments together (nothing as sexually explicit as a romance novel but this book is steamier than most young adult novels) and you know these two belong together. I thought having the alternating point of views was a good choice here--I really liked knowing first-hand what was going through each character's mind about each other and their emotions. The ending was okay and I was happy (especially for Chelsea), but I would have liked more of a closure--an epilogue would have been nice to tie everything up nicely.
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