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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LibrisNotes: Bruised by Sarah Skilton

One version of us could kiss, and the rest of us could still be safe. View all 6 comments. Skilton digs deep into the raw emotions of her damaged protagonist, Imogen, and, like an expert taekwondo player, allows her plot to make unexpected moves that will have you scrambling to turn the pages.

Imogen falls into a deep depression, which is only compounded by her family who want to help but are powerless to do so. It’s similar in the ways of a girl who endures a bruisef experience in which slilton needs to go through the healing process by forcing herself to remember. The Best Books of Tackling themes of violent crime, responsibility, disability, friendship, family and bullying, this is my favourite teen contemporary book of the year so far, and one of skiltln best YA debuts of recent years – right up there with The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson and Pantomime by Laura Lam.

So why did I sarxh it so much? Ricky, the teenage boy also caught in the restaurant with Imogen during the shooting, seems to be the only person who understands Imogen and the PTSD she faces, but even his support isn’t enough. Imogen spends a considerable portion of the novel looking for an opportunity to test her ability to fight, a rematch of sorts.

I think this is a solid read but I wish I had gotten more out of it. Heck, she was only sixteen when btuised witnessed a holdup in a diner and survived it.

Even the families of Ricky and Imogen, although very different, are well cast, allowing the reader to get a real sense of the families and the dynamics the two main characters must live within. Imogen’s family and Imogen herself are endearing characters that I learned to admire by the end of the book.


For me, it was easy to truly appreciate this book because I’m a martial artist.

However, their relationship is complicated by the fact that both are suffering from post traumatic skiltin disorder, although each is processing what happened to them very differently.

The only clear memory she has of that night is of the boy who was there in the diner when everything happened. The construct of herself as an empowered, disciplined and strong young woman is challenged by the fact that she froze under pressure, which drives a desperate need to prove herself.

Her emotional turmoil is written in such a believable way, and her interactions with Ricky, her family and her friends seem honest and true to life. Who would loudly go around calling anyone a bitch because they didn’t take down an active shooter?

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Another quality of this book that I fell in love with was Imogen, and the strong character development. I personally thought the ending burised great view spoiler [Imogen goes back to Tae Kwon Do but starts all over again with the white belt hide spoiler ] and the part where Imogen realizes how arrogant she’d once been was a nice touch – made me like her a bit.

Nobody will just let us fight. That said, I did like Imogen’s brother and the layers in their relationship.

She bruosed, so angry she’s getting into fights. It takes more than that to solve that kind of problems. See 1 question about Bruised…. And the fact that all the relationships in this book akilton horribly, horribly forced didn’t help matters. Maybe put some effort in then? Luckily, she has some help from her family and a boy that was in the incident with her. She has spent the past six years working towards her black belt, and is Grandmaster Huan’s star pupil.

Apr 16, Jack Stark rated it really liked it Shelves: Please provide an email address. It’s not even really about that, it’s the fact that Imogen has this ability but it “failed” her when she needed it.


Then she gets the chance to use her skills when she’s involved in an attempted hold-up at a diner – and freezes completely. We all crave them, some more, some less, and none of us like to feel helpless or weak.


I’d like to think I would be able to defend myself, still, they say you never know what you’d do i I am totally bias towards this book being am a black belt in Tae Kwon Do myself, but I must say, I really enjoyed this book. Imogen passes through a broad emotional spectrum, and this progression is developed organically. Apr 16, Kaitlin rated it liked it.

Imogen is in a diner one night when a lone gunman holds it I was expecting a lot from Bruised, debut novel of author Sarah Skilton, and it really delivered.

At least, this is what she thinks. I am a really slow reader, but I finished this in about half the time it would normally take me. She is second guessing her actions and what she could have done, the guilt literally eats her alive and she can’t seem to move past it and try to pick up the pieces and carry on with her life. Hamilton saying that, but I’ve heard the theory before. First of all, I really admire the main character, Imogen, for her bravery. View all 4 comments. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

While I enjoyed the openness of the ending, and the place where the author left Imogen, I felt a couple of the closing scenes were a bit twee in their delivery, and not necessary to communicate that the characters were in a positive space. Book ratings by Goodreads. First of all, I’ve never read a book that’s remotely related to martial arts, and second, Skilton makes it sound freaking bad-ass. Her story opened my eyes about PTSD and how it can affect a person, especially a teenager, and also those people surrounding you.

Weeelll, even though the cold shoulder she’s giving Shelly is equal to Antartica, she still has chatty, friendly moments with Hunter. Why not choose the best thing about them instead? She was suffering from PTSD.

The sport requires absolute dedication and discipline, and only a handful of people can thrive under the rigorous demands of it. But when she witnesses a holdup in a diner, she freezes.