Monday, May 9, 2011

Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler Review

By Holly Schindler
March 8, 2011
Flux, 312 pages

Star basketball player Chelsea "Nitro" Keyes had the promise of a full ride to college—and everyone's admiration in her hometown. But everything changed senior year, when she took a horrible fall during a game. Now a metal plate holds her together and she feels like a stranger in her own family.

As a graduation present, Chelsea's dad springs for a three-week summer "boot camp" program at a northern Minnesota lake resort. There, she's immediately drawn to her trainer, Clint, a nineteen-year-old ex-hockey player who's haunted by his own traumatic past. As they grow close, Chelsea is torn between her feelings for Clint and her loyalty to her devoted boyfriend back home. Will an unexpected romance just end up causing Chelsea and Clint more pain—or finally heal their heartbreak?


Chelsea heads off to a summer away with her family, which separates her from her friends during the best months of the year. That sucks, right? But there is a hot older boy there who wants to spend the entire vacation with her, doing fun things like exploring waterfalls and going boating. Not so sucky anymore!

This setup is every teenager's fantasy come true. And
ooh-la-la is this book steamy.

I really love that the characters in this book are a little older as far as young adult novels go. And as much as I love the, um, was a little more adult in a graphic sense than most young adult books. Just warning, not complaining!

I had to put my grown-up cap on in a few places to look at things objectively. SPOILER ALERT: There is some cheating involved. And I don't do well with books about cheating. I get very, very angry. But, you have to remember that the main character is a young, confused girl. And all young, confused girls are bound to make mistakes. Been there, done that. And -- sorry to any of my ex-boyfriends reading this, but, dude, get a life and stop reading this -- I certainly know how it feels to be in a teenage relationship that lasts WAY past its due date just 'cause it's easier to stay together.

In all, this is definitely a book worth checking out for a beachy kind of read.

Many thanks to Holly Schindler for providing a copy of this book for the blog tour and to Tara
for organizing.

Anna Reads young adult book blog


  1. I love older YA novels! I really wish more of them were out there!

    I was a stupid teenager once and I did stupid teenage stuff too...I was not a good girl 15, 16, and 17, lol. When I was that age, I just stayed with guys until a better and/or different one came along...I was horrible!

    I can't wait to get this book for a tour! Great review!

  2. I had issues with the cheating in this book too. If the character rises above their mistakes, then fine.. I can handle it. But in this book I just felt like the MC kept placing blame on everyone & everything else.. and then threw a fit when she didn't get her happy ending. Needless to say, it wasn't my favorite read.

    And do your ex-bf's really read your blog? haha

  3. I would love to read this book, but unfortunately, my library doesn't have a copy :( I may have to break down and buy it from Amazon.

  4. I don't normally like cheating in books either. But people do make mistakes, and occasionally you get those characters that with someone who is just so AWFUL that I don't hate it as much.


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