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Playing Hurt

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  4,082 ratings  ·  272 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 303 pages
Published March 8th 2011 by Flux (first published March 1st 2011)
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Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Blargh. Not my thing at all.

Books that deal with cheating and deception are not an instant turn off for me. I’ve read books where the subject is handled realistically and effectively. Unfortunately, I almost missed whatever the point of this story was intended to be because I was too distracted by being annoyed with the characters. I really disliked both of them, and found them incredibly disengaging to read about.

At a guess, I’d say the general theme of this novel was along the lines of “be b
Feb 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to Jessica by: Nic
Alright, let’s see if I can bring some order into my jumbled thoughts and feelings about this one.

What bothered me:

1. The cheating. It’s not like it bothered me to the point that I wanted to stop reading or anything drastic like that but it did make me feel slightly uncomfortable and I have to agree with Gabe (view spoiler) Even though Gabe made me wa
My feelings are mixed. While I think that Playing Hurt was definitely well done and explored a topic that is too often avoided in YA literature, it failed to really draw me in and make me care for its characters. I very much appreciated that Holly Schindler didn’t shy away from making Chelsea’s and Clint’s relationship a very physical one, fuelled by mutual attraction and lust at first, but developing into a tender friendship and helping both of them to come to terms with their past. Sex is not ...more
Jun 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Older YA readers
Rating: 3.5 stars

Favourite Quote:
"Funny thing about fear, I guess, is that if you just look away from it, toward something else - like dark eyes in a beautiful face, a lock of black hair hanging over a sweaty forehead - you realize you've turned a full hundred-and eighty degrees away from fear.
You're staring straight into your own strength."

I have been dying to read Playing Hurt even since I heard about it back in June last year. I love a good YA contemp romance (which it is) especially one wit
Jun 22, 2010 rated it liked it
3.5 stars


Playing Hurt is about eighteen year old star basketball player, Chelsea Keyes, who's has devoted her life and passion for the love of the game, scholarship in hand, Keyes was a rising star till her final game when a horrible accent happened and Chelsea got hurt, never to play again. As a graduation present, her dad sends the family for vacation on a lake resort and hires Clint, a 'bootcamp' trainer and ex-hockey player. As the two get to know each other more, Chelsea find
Feb 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Just warning u. This is going to be all over the place.
I can feel rambling coming on.........

*slight spoiler’s ahead*
I’d never read anything by this author, but after that I believe I want to read her “A blue so dark” book that came out last year. That being said, I obviously liked this book. The beginning was a little slow for me, but once Clint came on the scene, I was hooked. The entire time reading this though, I couldn’t help but think if this had been written from Gabe’s perspective, I wou
I’m still going back and forth on how I feel about Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler. This is the first novel I’ve read by this author and there were aspects of the story that I really liked while at the same time feeling that there was just something missing which ultimately left me slightly underwhelmed.

Overall, I have to say that I liked the two main characters Chelsea Keyes and Clint Morgan. I definitely felt the chemistry between those two, probably a little bit too much for a YA contemporary
Feb 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: readers of Jennifer Echol's books
Recommended to oliviasbooks by: Nic
I promised to offer my own three cents concerning my impression of Playing Hurt one or two weeks ago at the Corner. Well, now our discussion time has officially passed and I've decided to voice my opinion here instead, because what else does a basic review consist of?

Like several of my GR friends I was very eager to try out Holly Schindler's latest novel, because the contemporary YA mixture of sports, problems and romance made me immediately associate Dairy Queen and Amazing Grace and caused me
Jul 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I first fell in love with Holly Schindler's writing in her debut novel A Blue So Dark. Holly isn't just a story teller, she makes you experience the story along with the characters, evoking such strong emotions, you can't help but be utterly captivated.

I have to admit I was little wary of the whole sports aspect. I'm sure it's from some underlying issue I have unresolved from high school. Although I don't really have anything against jocks, I mean I married one! But for some reason, that put me
Jan 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
This book is a tough one for me to review. I stayed up late reading last night and the first thing I did this morning was pick the book up and finish off the last 100 pages before doing anything else. Holly Schindler is a great writer. I was pulled into this story and didn't want to put the book down.

The only issue I have with this book is the sexual content. The books starts off with Chelsea being embarrassed that she is still a virgin. Being the conservative parent and reader that I am - to m
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
Meh. Hate to say it but the heroine is kind of an a-hole. The message of the book is "don't live timidly" but the actual story implies "even if you totally screw over, hurt and humiliate people you love". So thanks.
Apr 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
Original post at One More Page

When my good friend Kai asked me if I wanted to be a part of the Playing Hurt Philippine Blog Tour, I said yes because she told me that the book for the tour is a contemporary YA novel. It's no secret that my first love for YA is contemporary, so a chance to read a new one from a highly-praised author is something that I won't say no to.

In Playing Hurt , Chelsea Keyes is a basketball star in Fair Grove High School, up until her last game when a court accident final
Reading Teen
Ok, so I loved this book. It wasn't at ALL what I expected! I thought it was going to be overly sports-related, which is ok, and I thought I was going to be mad at the cover, for making people think it was a romance....but I was SO wrong. The cover is perfect, and the, it was steamy! Actually, the cover may be too tame! And even though basketball was the backdrop of Chelsea's story, it did not dominate the storyline. In fact, I thought that Clint's story was more compelling.

I co
Kwesi 章英狮
May 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Kwesi 章英狮 by: Kai
A short interview with Holly Schindler, author of Playing Hurt!

1. Who or what inspired you to write your book?

My books generally start with a scenario, rather than a character: with my debut, A BLUE SO DARK, I knew I wanted to write about the possible link between mental illness and creativity. With this second book, PLAYING HURT, I knew I wanted to write about learning the difference between loving someone and being IN love with someone. (When you’re young, and just beginning to date, it’s hard
Sep 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Review posted at Amaterasu Reads

The rumors are true. Holly Schindler is a great writer.

I wanted to see for myself if everything I've heard, if the reviews I've read really hold some truth in them, and I was delightfully surprised because this book lived up to my expectation and more.

Chelsea's got a bright future ahead of her, she's popular, she's talented, and she's the star of her team's basketball team. She's got a lot of good things going for her, a bright future to look forward to, but all
Mar 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
I love the way this story begins! Chelsea is at the beginning of her senior year, playing a high school basketball game. She's amazing. She's on fire. She's a star in her small town community. She has her future mapped out because of her basketball scholarships. She's sweating and she's in pain. Her hip is shooting daggers down to her toes. She's hurt but she can't quit. The scene morphs into Chelsea watching the last game on a home movie her brother was shooting at the time. She's in her bedroo ...more
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner

Don't know how do I feel about this book. It started out great and it ended in a bad way. There were few things I loved and there were some that pissed me off. Let's get started with the good things.
What I really loved were the hot and steamy scenes with Chelsea and Clint. I just still can't get used to have this kind of scenes in YA books. Other thing I loved is Clint. He is such a good guy that went through a lot. His girlfriend died in a car crash going to his hockey game so he sto
Stephanie A.
Sep 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: contemporary-ya
Went from 3 to 2 to 1 because I just felt grosser and grosser the more I read. I loved the setting, but the first chapter made it very clear we should all be on Team Gabe. Chelsea Keyes is nothing but a self-absorbed whiny brat. I was liking Clint all right until the halfway point, and then my respect for him rapidly began draining away as well. I intensely dislike how this book's basic message seemed to be, "Sex will fix you/make you feel alive again" - and there was WAY too much detail in that ...more
Dec 13, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people who like/approve of/don't mind cheating
Shelves: given-away

Playing Hurt romanticises cheating, lying and manipulating. The only person the main character thinks of is herself. Chelsea is selfish and when her cheating is not a secret anymore, she only feels sorry for herself and that it got out. Not once did she have any regret about what she was doing. It pissed me off beyond belief.
She deserved everything Gabe accused her of, it was only the truth.

Oh and then she's obsessing over virginity, like being a virgin is something comple
Sep 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, ya
Chelsea was a rising star on the basketball court, likely headed for her choice of big name colleges on an athletic scholarship. All of that comes crashing down in one moment.
The story picks up several months later as she and her family go on a vacation to a lake in Minnesota.
There has also been a life-altering accident in Clint's life two years prior and he's struggling to come to terms with what happened.
Chelsea and Clint are both trying to be safe and protect themselves. Even though Chelsea h
Misha  Mathew
Nov 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary

Having heard a lot about the author's previous book and because of my mostly good experiences with YA contemporary novels, I expected a lot from Playing Hurt. The book turned out to be completely different from what I expected and unfortunately, not in a good way. Though I am sorry to say I am a bit disappointed in the book, there still are things I did like about it which I will come to later.

Chelsea Keyes was the star basketball player in her high school. Everything changed after a disastr
Jan 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
It took me about 50 pages to get into this novel because I didn't find Chelsea compelling, and then by page 120 or so I decided I didn't really care all that much about Chelsea and Clint's developing relationship.

There were a couple of major problems for me.

The narrative, which alternates between Chelsea and Clint, could get really cheesy at times.


Clint: The blond, beautiful, peach-scented creature sits next to me, waiting for me to touch her.

Chelsea: In so many ways, this black diamond
Mar 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
As the story swung from Chelsea to Clint, so did my opinion of Playing Hurt. From being intrigued, to being annoyed, then finally, me fanning myself over their encounters.... then back again. In the end, however, I can say without a doubt, I do not like Chelsea. As for Clint, well, I do not dislike as much.

She's selfish and she cheats. When she said no one could help what they felt. I agreed, but I wanted to add, they could help what they did. Perhaps, the cheating greatly affected my opinion o
Jennifer - The Book Admirer
Contains Spoilers

Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler is about Chelsea, a star athlete on her high school basketball team. During one of her games her senior year she is injured and no longer able to play which causes her to lose her scholarship. After she graduated she and her family take a vacation at a lake resort in northern Minnesota this turns out to be an eye opening experience for Chelsea when she meets Clint, her bootcamp instructor her father hires for her so she isn't wasting her time. The
Kitten Blue
May 19, 2011 rated it did not like it
Holy crap. I just - I can't even believe this book. Chelsea is absolutely freaking heartless. She fucks around behind her sweetheart of a boyfriend's back and doesn't show one iota of remorse about it. In fact, she's surprised that he's *NOT* okay with this and won't stay with her. Yes, she actually imagines that she's going to keep him, even though she justifies her absolutely disgusting behaviour by going on and on about how they never loved each other, anyway, because he wanted her first time ...more
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
I really enjoyed the premise of Playing Hurt and I connected well with Chelsea. The romantic tension between her and Clint but I did not appreciate the cheating. I think that Gabe got played and while it is realistic and I could see it happening, it just is hard for me to read and accept and pull for cheating. Love triangles to me are somehow different because there isn't that attachment already there and established over a long period of time, and also, the guys normally know about each other ...more
Sep 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
Portraying infidelity in fiction is one thing. But doing what Holly Schindler did in this book—endorse and reward it—is this whole other thing. Playing Hurt made me absolutely livid. Livid. Because this book is about a girl who cheats on her boyfriend, who fails to understand why it’s not okay, and who, at the end of the book, is happy as a clam, completely oblivious to the fact that she’s deeply, deeply screwed up another person’s life. That disgusts me. I hate this book—and believe me when I s ...more
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you obviously already know that teen romances aren’t the typical fare here at the Primer (unless of course, there happens to be something supernatural involved). I’ll even go so far as to admit that I wasn’t really sure I was even going to enjoy reading Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler…not only because it didn’t fall into any of my preferred genres, but also because the male and female leads were grounded in an athletics background. During my high ...more
Katieb (MundieMoms)
Playing Hurt is a great read about over coming hurt, letting go and finding yourself again, mixed with a hot summer romance.

Playing Hurt wasn't at all what I was expecting, and I was surprised at how much I was able to relate to the characters on some level. Holly does a great job at introducing the reader to characters with depth, not just with Chelsea and Clint, but with both of their families as well. Outside of the characters and the romance, I loved the setting! I'm a total outdoor person a
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Playing Hurt is a great read about over coming hurt, letting go and finding yourself again, mixed with a hot summer romance.

Playing Hurt wasn't at all what I was expecting, and I was surprised at how much I was able to relate to the characters on some level. Holly does a great job at introducing the reader to characters with depth, not just with Chelsea and Clint, but with both of their families as well. Outside of the characters and the romance, I loved the setting! I'm a total outdoor person a
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Holly Schindler’s work has received starred reviews in Booklist and Publishers Weekly, has won silver and gold medals in ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year and the IPPY Awards, respectively, has been featured on Booklist’s Best First Novels for Youth and School Library Journal’s What’s Hot in YA, and has been a PW Pick of the Week. She can usually be found consuming large quantities of coffee and w ...more
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