Monday, May 16, 2011
Playing Hurt, by Holly Schindler
Favorite things: the sports references brought back some nostalgia for me as I remembered winning races and competitions in school, the descriptions of nature in Minnesota, the two main characters and the way they grew and changed, the tone of the book which wasn't sad even when dealing with sad topics, the theme of the book which was not letting your circumstances define you and finding a way to love your life even in the face of great challenges, the pace was pretty good and kept me interested and I also loved the moments of suspense that were integrated into this love story.
Criticisms: I really didn't like the amount of similes in this book, I am not a fan of the cover because those two people don't seem like the two main characters and it also seems like they're on a dock by an ocean and there wasn't an ocean in the setting of this book, there were a ton of explicit moments in this book which was very surprising to me (I was under the impression this book was YA, but I definitely wouldn't call it that based upon what I read) and I felt the book was wrapped up too nicely and it didn't sound like a sequel was in store, but I think the overall tale could be better if there was one lined up.
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars. I caution younger readers and parents about this book, because it's a bit excessive when it comes to the sexual content.
Note: I was able to read this book as part of an ARC tour in exchange for my honest review. I did not pay for this book, however that did not affect my opinion or review in any way.