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Book Review of Playing Hurt

By Levyingkishan
About the book
Book Review of Playing HurtThe fear and insecurity in growing up in a small town that offers little opportunity and few role models, exacerbated by an uncertain future and pressure by emotions difficult to control, inspired Gerald L. Nardella to write this novel. Life’s struggle can be lonely and painful. Gerald grew up in a small town, experiencing firsthand the insecurities from living in a broken home. Those insecurities still haunt him to this day.
My Review
The story starts with a football game where Brian and the school seniors desperately wanting to win the last football game of the season. But they fought in a losing cause.
The story mostly revolves around the two protagonist of the story Deanie and her boyfriend Brian. Deanie gets herself in trouble when she sleeps with her ex-boyfriend Bill and Brian is mad about the fact. The matters get worse for Brian when he is accused of stealing and his low grades at school makes life even more difficult for him.
Life has it's own way of relating things and Brian is confused to a point that he has no idea about what is happening in his life. And Deanie on the other hand is pregnant and is confused as to who is the father of the child.
What I didn't like in the story is the excessive use of the word sex and the way it was portrayed. The whorehouse, having sex every now and then was so common in the story that I felt like the author was dragging the story and it didn't feel original.
The story full is of sex, sex and more of the sex which made it frustrating for me to read at a certain stage.
And the best part of the story was its climax. It was completed unexpected of what happened in the end. It was mind blowing how the author made a quick turn of fates and an unexpected turn of events, changed the storyline completely. I loved the ending and the events that made it even more interesting.
Overall it was a good story with a great ending.
Playing Hurt was “ Book of the Day"
Read more about the book at Online Book Club.

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