In this problem novel that quickly takes a romantic turn, first-time author Skilton paints a vivid portrait of a girl whose shame leads to an identity. Sarah Skilton’s debut novel, Bruised, opens with a gut-punch of a first scene. Imogen, a year old Tae Kwon Do black belt has just witnessed. Bruised by Sarah Skilton, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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View all 6 comments. I don’t think this is ever a book I would have chosen for myself, but I enjoyed the quick reading experience and I do think some parts surprised me. Everything except Tae Kwon Do, the one thing in her life that feels steady and comforting.

All of her training did little to prepare her for coming up against a situation like the one she found herself in and Imogen is not only traumatised that she witnessed the gunman’s death, she felt powerless to stop what was going on. It contemplates a lot to the events of the stories and yes it helps her recover, but in a heavy weird sense I would say.

It also has some pretty cool cultural references. The opening packs a punch and there is no doubt that Sarah Skilton can write. The ending of the book was perfect, even though it came far too soon, and it was good to see the characters come full circle. When she reflects back on a successful demo she did at her high school, Imogen wonders, “And now a month later, I’m not even sure who that girl was — that girl who stood up in front of her classmates and pretended to know how to fight.

Oct 29, Tammy rated it it was amazing. Why not choose the best thing about them instead?


If I’ve read any YA lit though, this romance is just getting started. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest bduised, blogger. I have to say this: After Imogen lives through being one of the few patrons in a diner when it is held up she has blocked much of the event out of her mind.

Bruised by Sarah Skilton – book review

She was confident that she could face any situation, confront any bully, fend off any attack, all thanks to her rigorous training. The other thing is really my explanation for my final rating on this book.

Obviously after a trauma people can’t snap their fingers and accept that they are blameless. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

While suffering PTSD as a result of a diner hold-up, Imogen is compelled to confront what she believed to be fundamental truths about herself.

BRUISED by Sarah Skilton | Kirkus Reviews

Her handsome, charismatic golden boy brother, whom she stubbornly refuses to forgive for an earlier trespass, valiantly labors to keep her from hurting herself and the family. Mar 04, Wendy Darling rated it liked it Shelves: She included a diverse cast of characters in an unobtrusive manner.

When you’re so completely out of control people don’t really know what to do with you, and it makes it all the more sad if those people are your family. I know not everyone will love this book as much as I did, but it will definitely leave an impression. This distinctive debut will be appreciated by fans of contemporary fiction.

I picture the rest of us looking on jealously. It’s really about dealing with the issues that plagues Imogen after this haunting encounter.


Imogen spends a considerable portion of the novel looking for an opportunity to test her ability to fight, a rematch of sorts. Bruised by Sarah Skilton New York: Nov bruisee, Cat Winters rated it it was amazing Shelves: Will my opinion be swayed? Or the thing they do the most?


The Best Books of Imogen is a bruisedd complicated and intense character, but her rigid refusal to forgive others, such as her kind but sexually promiscuous older brother and her father, a diabetic who is not taking care of himself, makes it hard to like her at saarah. Imogen lived ssrah breathed Tae Kwon Do and was confident in her abilities to protect herself and to diffuse difficult situations.

It was only when I saw rave reviews for this book by some of my most trusted blogger friends ehem, Keertana and Maja that I knew I had to read it. I really wish I had connected more to Imogen. The gunman is shot and killed by the police. But this girl needs a loooot of development. The sport requires absolute dedication and discipline, and only a handful of people can thrive under the rigorous demands of it. That said, I did like Imogen’s brother and the layers in their relationship.

When it does, the downhill spiral of our lives is seemingly inevitable. Hiding under the table is something I think most of us could imagine ourselves skiltkn in a similar situation. Bruised tells the story of Imogen, a sixteen year old girl who is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Contact Contact Us Help. But to Imogen, all her black belt training was useless when the robbery went down. If you know me, then you know I loooaaatthee DNFing a book, because what if everything turns around?