Monday, April 25, 2011

Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler

Chelsea “Nitro” Keyes loves to hear her name being chanted in the crowd. She is more alive on a basketball court than anywhere else. After a devastating accident causes a horrible injury she loses more than just her love of basketball, she loses her chances at a full scholarship to college.

Clint has his own set of problems. After a personal tragedy leaves him destroyed, he quits playing hockey and throws himself into the family business. He will do anything to keep his mind from the painful memories of a past he can’t forget.

When these two come together for a three week long “boot camp” at a lake resort they find the strength in each other to go on that they couldn’t find alone.

“Clint begins to run his fingertips down my arm, erasing the question marks that have been swirling through my mind, replacing them with bold-print exclamations. His touch is gentle, but I feel like he’s just lit my skin on fire.”

This is such a beautiful story of love and healing. Since I am partial to alternating points of view I loved reading this book from Clint and Chelsea's perspectives. It feels like you are getting a two-for-one bonus! Schindler has a vibrant voice full of optimism and hopefulness. Just like hearing your favorite band come on the radio at just the right time, it gives you a little hope that things are going to go your way. So, here’s to a great story and to hearing Pearl Jam on my next ride around town.

Reviewed by: Lostnthestacks

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