May 9, 2011

{Blog Tour} Review: Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler

Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler
Publisher: Flux
Date Published: March 8, 2011 [on Paperback]
Pages: 303
Original Language: English
Source: Holly Schindler via Playing Hurt Philippine Blog Tour
Summary
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?

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I am very pleased and honored to be a part—and to participate—of the Playing Hurt Philippine Blog Tour. Other than being a part of this event, I truly wanted to read this book as well. This is my second read in YA Contemporary genre. I am expecting great from this book and I am glad that it didn’t put me down. Let’s see what I think about this book.

The Plot. The story is written in awesomeness! The storyline drifts off into two different perspectives—Chelsea and Clint. I haven’t read anything like this, so it’s very new to me. I usually read one POV then the other characters involved are only written on 3rd person. This one is different, two individuals telling their sets of experiences, alternating from each others story which is both linked to each other as well.

The plot is much written well. Exact and directly to the point, no adding some other stuff to drive me confuse—or crazy, some instances. It was easy to understand and I am able to grasp the expressions and statements delivered on the story.

I found very amusing when every time she recalls in her head, the name of her boyfriend, Gabe, when she’s with Clint. And also how she scolds herself. On the other hand, I am glad reading a guys perspective in this book. I mostly read them on 3rd person. I am able to relate some of his feelings here, how he reacts and moves.

There is intimate romance here, and it surprises me. So better lay-off this book to our younger readers. But that’s the funniest parts of the book, when intimacy with fondling, deep kissing and you-know-what [being wholesome here. lol], cuts it off in something unwanted, burst me laughing. The thing is I like how they react once they were interrupted. I just actually say, “Oh hell! They’re this close. Why now?” It only means that I am voted for them to be together. And I really like the two main characters of the story.

The Characters. Chelsea Keyes and Clint Morgan. They’re just simple to be named for a character in a book. But this one stands it up. These are my two favorite in this book. Aside from being the protagonists of the whole story, I like the fact that the two has different sad past but has the same connection and probably the same horrible experience. I loved how they simply develop their devotion to each other. Which a nice way to be attached to them.

Tiny Flaw. At the almost last part of the story, there’s an unresolved situation. It felt something is still hanging up when I finished the book. You’ll know it once you’ve read the book. :]

Other Thoughts. The ending of the story is beautiful. Not a common finale you always read on some romance novel. Like that swirly things flowing in the air while they were kissing from the place where they first met or whatever. I gave sigh of relief and smile. Glad that at end gave me a sight of satisfaction. A nice way to end a story.

I am truly going to recommend this book for teens and older. No younger than that. I bet this is PG rated. LOL. But surely you’re going to love this book as much as I do! I am sure to go get myself a copy of this one! A great salute to Holly Schindler and her sophomore book, Playing Hurt! :D

OVERALL RATING

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2 comments:

T.B. said...

Oooo so glad you enjoyed this one! That's sweet that their romance is so intimate. Haha, loved how you said this one's PG rated :) I wonder what both of their tragic pasts are. Great review, and congrats on being part of the tour!

Aleetha said...

WOW, you gave a high rating for this book. I hope I get the chance to read it as well.

I like when the characters have simple named. It wont make the reader wonder how to spell their name.

I also love when a book is told from two point of view. So we can get a variety thought.

I am going to check another review about this book.

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