Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Review: Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler

Title: Playing Hurt
Author: Holly Schindler
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Genre: Young Adult
Source: Purchased by myself
Format: eBook
Publication Date: 8th March 2011

Tell Me About It
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?

My Thoughts
The first thing that came into my head when I began reading Playing Hurt was why did it take me so long to read this book?  I have had this book sitting on my iPad since last year waiting to be read and I have only just got around to reading it now.
Playing Hurt revolves around two protagonists and the chapters alternate between them.  Chelsea, one of her schools best basketball players until an horrific injury pulls her from the game.  Clint, works at Lake of Woods Resort with two friends, dealing with his own injuries he is paired with Chelsea when her family visit the resort.

I really enjoyed reading Playing Hurt and I am kind of disappointed I didn't read it sooner.  It has the perfect blend of romance, sports, family, friends, and holiday.  Holly has done a great job of portraying a multitude of feelings within the pages of this book, love, loss, fear, relief, betrayal, and it is so easy to sympathise and empathise with the characters which makes it easy to become emotionally involved with them.

As I learnt the truth about what happened with Chelsea as she watches video of the games that caused accident, not only did it sound very painful I felt sorry for what she went through at that moment in time, and what she is still going through after the event.  She has to live with the results for the rest of her life, add to that the fear she faces about trying new things, it's certainly not the best way to live.
Clint has his own scars to hide and live with, and while he deals with them differently, it's only when he is confronted with the past that you get to see the true damage it has done. He too is sacred of trying new things. Together Chelsea and Clint must learn to live with their scars and the past, but also how to face the future without the fear that is holding them both back.

While their journey may not be smooth sailing we get to take it with them and see as they learn things about themselves, their family and each other, and what they are truly capable of as a person.  Yes they make mistakes and hurt each other but in the end they both get what they want and deserve and I would love to see what could happen next with this dynamic duo if there was ever a chance for a sequel.

[Book read for 2013 TBR Pile Challenge]

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