Sunday, April 10, 2011

Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler

Young Adult: 312 Pages
Published: March 8th, 2011
Publisher: Flux
Series: None
Source: My personal copy
Buy the Book: Amazon | Book Depository
Find the author: Website | Blog

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?

"Wounds of the heart are the hardest to medicate. The slowest area of the body to heal" Cecilia Morgan

Have you ever come across a book that was just so amazing that it left you speechless? You can't seem to find the right words to describe it? Like all the words you come up with like amazing and incredible don't even do it justice? Well that is exactly the problem I am having with Playing Hurt. I could easily sum up this book by saying "It's awesome. Go buy it...NOW!" but I owe it to my readers to try and muster up the right words to explain to you why this book was just so...Stunning.

It is no secret that Holly Schindler had me hooked with her writing when I read her awe-inspiring book A Blue So Dark. She only proved to me even more what an incredible author she really is. She penned one of the most romantic, touching, painfully beautiful books I have ever read.

The Characters. I don't even know where to begin to describe the incredible character cast she created. Chelsea was just perfect, she was stubborn and at times hard headed but was also very vulnerable. I fell in love with her instantly. Her hard times are not of the ordinary that I read in Young Adult books, so that alone was very refreshing. But there was just something about Chelsea, she came alive off the pages. You are immediately drawn to her, just as Clint was. And he is another one of a kind character. He is facing his own hardships that make you care for him deeply. Chelsea and Clint will stay with you long after you've finished reading.

The Setting. Schindler created such a vivid setting that I could almost hear the trickles of water coming from the Lake of Woods resort. I could almost smell the pine-trees and earth. She pulls you into the world of Chelsea and Clint in Lake of Woods and doesn't let you go.

This book is just utterly amazing. Simple. I would recommend Playing Hurt  to everyone I know. I actually miss the book now that I'm done reading it. This will be a reading experience like no other. Playing Hurt takes you on a wild journey of love, heart ache, self growth and acceptance.

What I liked: The refreshing story line, and the beautiful cover
What I disliked: I honestly can't think of one single thing that I disliked about this book.
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  1. Wow, great review, sounds like an excellent book!

    GraceKrispy@MotherLode blog

  2. I absolutely and wholeheartedly agree with your sentiments. Playing Hurt was simply AMAZING and I'll be definitely be reading it again and again in the future! Those who haven't read the novel are seriously missing out. Wonderful review Cathy!! :)


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