Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler
Publication Date: March 8, 2011
Source: Holly Schindler via Playing Hurt Philippine Blog Tour
Star basketball player Chelsea “Nitro” Keyes had the promise of a full ride to college—and everyone’s admiration back home. Then she took a horrible fall during senior year. Now a metal plate holds her together and she feels like a stranger in her own family.
That summer, Chelsea’s dad hires Clint, a nineteen-year-old ex-hockey player and “boot camp” trainer, to work with her at a northern Minnesota lake resort. As they grow close, Chelsea finds that Clint’s haunted by his own tragedy. Will their romance end up hurting them all over again—or finally heal their heartbreak?
I’ve been reading some really interesting and wonderful YA Contemporary books since last month and I must say Playing Hurt is a wonderful book to add on my favorites.
Holly Schindler’s writing is delicately beautiful and enticing. The plot has strong radiating emotions, with complexity and depth which Holly remarkably blended and balanced altogether. Holly’s writing was also compelling, the way she successfully delivered the message of the story was definitely one of my favorite aspects of the book.
Another thing that I really like about this book was the fact that the story was written on alternating perspectives of protagonists, Chelsea and Clint, which makes it a lot easier to connect with both of them. Chelsea’s relationship with her family and Gabe was also very engaging and felt genuinely relatable.
Like other readers who thought at first that this book is all about sports (which is definitely not one of the things I’m really good at) I couldn’t help but feel worried as well but that feeling vanished completely after finding out that it wasn’t entirely about sports. Playing Hurt is a moving, touching and engrossing read about two people who are struggling to face their fears, trying to find their way back to where their hearts truly belong and healing not just physically but emotionally as well.
I’m giving this book a powerful 4 out of 5 stars and I highly recommend this to all YA Contemporary readers who are looking for a book with fresh, romantic and utterly engaging read 😉