Recommend A…book with a character who plays a sport

27 Aug

Playing Hurt – Holly Schindler
Flux – March 8, 2011
Tradesize Paperback – 312 pages

Purchase from Amazon Playing Hurt (Paperback) or Playing Hurt (Kindle)

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?

What I liked the most about this book wasn’t that it focused on the sport, but rather the recovery after getting hurt and it wasn’t idealized in a way that made no sense. You saw the pain the Chelsea was going through to try and regain herself, how she felt like she had lost a part of her. And you could see the same reflected in Clint. Although, I did want to beat them over the head a few times with dumb teenager stuff…but I figure that is the case in most YA…Overall, I gave it 3 stars and will be interested to check out more of the authors stuff in the future.

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