Monday, June 6, 2011

{Book Review} Playing Hurt Blog Tour

Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler

Playing Hurt
Author: Holly Schindler
Format: Paperback
Pages: 303
Published:March 8th 2011
Rating: 4 Birds

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?

I was lucky enough to get on a Blog Tour for Playing Hurt through FictionFolio with a group of other amazing bloggers:

Anna @ Anna Reads, Lynn @ Bringing the Epic, Bethany @ Bookish Bethie, Colleen @ Cici's Theories, Cyndi @ Dog-Eared and Bookmarked, Shanyn @ Chick Loves Lit, Sherry @ Flipping Pages for All Ages

I am the last one on the tour, so I’ll be giving away the book, a paper back copy of Playing Hurt and interviewing Holly as well in the next week or so! I did think about putting it all into one big post, but no need to over do it!

Wow. I am really glad I got on this tour! The book pulled me in from page one! I sat down to read it at my little ones nap time, and found I had plowed through the 80% in the time she was down! I then kept reading while I fed her lunch, then took the book with to finish while I waited to pick the big kid up from school and wouldn’t you know it, the kid got into the car when I was about to read the very last page. I held the line up of other parents while I sped through it, I was not going anywhere until it was done!

There is something about the way Holly writes that really makes you feel the story instead of just read it. I honestly felt like I was living it. And not just because I too am from Minnesota, which is where the bulk of the book takes place. I felt for Chelsea, I (like many others) have had to make that all to difficult decision about what I love more. The epic love triangle. Sometimes it happens to incorporate boys and love of the romantic kind. Other times it can be choosing between your favorite doll and bear at the age of 4, regardless at some point in all our lives we have had to choose.

Playing Hurt a poignant story about choices. Choices to get up and go on after injury. Choices to follow your heat. Choices to be honest. And all the aftermath of life after the choices are made. This was a wonderful realistic fiction that made me laugh, cry and even cringe a little.

Word of note, there is some strong sexual content in the book. So I would suggest it for my 16+ crowd other then that I really hope you all take time to submerse yourself in the fantastic and quick read this summer!

Be sure to check back later this week for a Playing Hurt Giveaway and Interview with Holly Schindler!

Find Holly and Playing Hurt


amber copy


  1. Haha I love that you held up the line in order to finish the book. That is definitely a sign of a great story :) Thanks so much for participating!!

  2. i've read a lot of reviews on this book, but i think this is the first that mentions it's in Minnesota. thanks for that tidbit in the midst of your fabulous review! as a MN resident, it is now my duty to read this book. :) that, you know, and it sounds fabs.

  3. This one does look super awesome!!

  4. Oh it sounds even better than I thought it would! I haven't read Schindler yet, but this sounds like a great place to start.


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