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Playing Hurt
by Holly Schindler
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Flux, 2011 (2011)

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* * *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

High school junior, Chelsea Keyes, a basketball star and home town celebrity, slips during a game her team is sure to win, and instantly becomes a has-been. A fractured hip means no scholarships. No more basketball.

A year later, she is still torturing herself with videos of her last game. She can' stop time as the TV remote control does, or change things back to the way they were. She can't make her dad stop blaming her as if it's his basketball career that she's squandered.

Her boyfriend is there when she wakes up from surgery and during the toughest year of her life. He loves her, not the basketball star. And she loves him. They have plans to go to college together.

After graduation, Chelsea's family buys her three weeks with a trainer at the lake resort where they'll be spending summer vacation. Clint, the trainer, is a hockey player who completely gave up his own sport for reasons of his own.

Clint knows Chelsea is trouble the moment he sees her. Is it love or lust at first sight? Chelsea has a boyfriend and Clint is recovering from a lost love.

Playing Hurt is a captivating novel, told in the alternating voices of Chelsea and Clint. You'll be guessing, wishing and hoping until the end of their tumultuous summer romance (one for older teens).

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