Nov 14, 2017

Quick Reviews #10 | The Virgin Suicides by Jefferey Euginedes // Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler

The Virgin Suicides by Jefferey Euginedes

Synopsis: The shocking thing about the girls was how nearly normal they seemed when their mother let them out for the one and only date of their lives. Twenty years on, their enigmatic personalities are embalmed in the memories of the boys who worshipped them and who now recall their shared adolescence: the brassiere draped over a crucifix belonging to the promiscuous Lux; the sisters' breathtaking appearance on the night of the dance; and the sultry, sleepy street across which they watched a family disintegrate and fragile lives disappear.

Quick Thoughts: I'd been meaning to read this for years because since I'd watched the movie, I had felt a little unsatisfied with the story. But, the book is pretty much the same thing. There are a few changes here and there, the girls become a little more wild and die differently, but overall it felt like a very elusive story. Maybe because it's told from an outsiders perspective. I don't really know how I felt about this, but I suppose I enjoyed it.

Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler

Synopsis: 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?

Quick Thoughts: This one sat on my shelf for years and I figured it would be a quick, fluffy contemporary. In fact, it's about a girl and guy who have left sports behind due to some form of injury and start a friendship which turns into a romantic relationship, but the girl has a boyfriend back home so I was left feeling ugh about the whole thing.

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