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Playing Hurt Paperback – 2011
An Action-Packed Retelling of a Classic
London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived the destruction and the outbreak of a deadly virus are children, among them sixteen-year-old Gwen Darling and her younger siblings, Joanna and Mikey. Hardcover | Kindle book
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
We start off the novel by meeting one of our main characters, Chelsea, and learning about the tragic event and injury that took her away from her dreams in basketball. We also meet her boyfriend Gabe, right before she heads out if town with her family on vacation for a few weeks, and her 'boot camp' with our other main character, Clint. The pace was a little slow for me up until these characters met and developed a connection to each other, but once they did I was hooked. Their struggle to hide their attraction kept me on the edge, wondering what would push them to finally give in and step into that territory they so were trying to avoid.
The characters in Playing Hurt are not perfect, but I don't always need them to be. And you know heading into this that you are dealing with a girl who is conflicted with her life, including the love aspect. It's okay to see the flawed person and how they work through what predicaments they find themselves in. Of course there were quite a few moments where I wanted to hit Chelsea and ask her what the hell she was doing, but honestly, I can say the same thing when I reflect on my own youth. What is so great with what the author has done here is that despite the less than desirable situation, you as the reader grow attached and root for the characters to find a way to get through it.Read more ›
Chelsea was an okay character. She definitely had her faults. I didn't like her boyfriend from the very first scene he was in. I can't really pinpoint why, maybe he seemed too perfect. I didn't give the fact that obviously Chelsea is cheating on her boyfriend much thought-it says so right in the description. I guess I thought `Oh well, whatever...the other boy will be the one or something' but that's really not the case. Chelsea and Clint had a very physical attraction. They had a lot of steamy chemistry that I loved, but I never really felt anything more from them. I might be too much of a romantic but if your going to screw up a relationship I like for it to for love, ya know? (I mean in books, of course) I also didn't really like the way Chelsea handled the situation later with her boyfriend. I would have liked a little more growth and remorse.
Other than those things I did enjoy the book. It's outdoorsy, which I always love. The very steamy scenes between Clint and Chelsea did keep me turning pages. Yum! Overall, it was a good, fast read. I'm anxious to see what Holly Schindler has in store for us next.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Kudos to the book for having a female athlete as the main character. Male sportsmen are abundant, particularly in romance fiction, but sporty women are still far less common. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Tez Miller
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... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Kathy Habel
WHY HAVE I NOT HEARD OF THIS BOOK BEFORE NOW?! If it weren't for Jennifer L. Armentrout and Miranda Kenneally, I probably would have never read it but I'm so glad I did! Read morePublished on January 13, 2014 by Jen | Jenuine Cupcakes
I really enjoyed the premise of Playing Hurt and I connected well with Chelsea. The romantic tension between her and Clint but I did not appreciate the cheating. Read morePublished on December 6, 2013 by Allan Kosiner
This one was a hit or miss for most people and it missed for me.
For starters it was slow and kind of boring. Read more
I read Holly Schindler's A Blue So Dark and really loved her writing style, so I was excited to try Playing Hurt. Read morePublished on June 19, 2012 by S Day
I started reading this book on a whim, really. I was just browsing through the books in the library and thinking that I needed to read more contemporary (I've read too many... Read morePublished on June 13, 2012 by literallinda
Wow. When I picked up this book to read, I was expecting some light, summer romance that was sweet, but cliche. Read morePublished on April 2, 2012 by Jessica (Peace Love Books)
Having read A Blue So Dark, I was eager to read more of Schindler's work especially as she is a contemporary writer, my beloved genre within the YA category. Read morePublished on March 25, 2012 by bookworm1858