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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I still have lingering doubts as to whether she has sara other books under a different name because, frankly, to tackle this type of a subject with so much success and have it only be her debut is gruised incredible feat.

Never mind that the assailant had had a gun. A woman is in the hospital, a man is dead, and Imogen is covered head to toe in his blood, “sticking to me like chunks of blackberry jam. Jun 06, Samantha rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Furthermore, what truly proves Skilton’s talent is her ability to weave in layers of Imogen’s life side-by-side with her PTSD.


Preview — Bruised by Sarah Skilton. 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. May 27, Gray Cox rated it did not like it Shelves: But hey, look at all the glowing reviews on Goodreads, maybe you will get something more out of it than me.


Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. The most wonderful thing about Bruised are its layers. See 1 question about Bruised…. Fortunately, ten days after the robbery, Imogen is called to talk to the school counselor along with Ricky Alvarez, who turns out to be the boy from the diner.

We stare at each other in the wall mirrors, and all our images on down to infinity stare at each other, too.

Some passages were incredibly insightful, vivid, so almost lyrical, they rendered Imogen’s pain so raw and palpable. Personal tools Log in.

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At least, this is what she thinks. She was suffering from PTSD. Imogen falls into a deep depression, which is only compounded by her family who want to help but are powerless to do so. View all 18 comments.

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. Yes, it is a coming of age story, of a girl finding she is not as invincible as most teens think they are, but there is a gruised here that translates across generations and social divides.

The skilyon of the book that didn’t sit well with me was Imogen’s family: As Imogen struggles with these thoughts, we find our hearts going out to her, slowly but steadily, until it becomes impossible not to fully love her – with every one of her blatant faults.

So my final rating for this book will be two crowns, because the ending does make akilton few good points about family relationships, the effects of PTSD, friendship and survival.


Imogen is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Posted by About me at 7: The past six years of her life have been dedicated to immersing herself in martial arts and adhering to the rules set forth by Grandmaster Huan, her teacher. I enjoyed every single page of it and finished it in a few hours, I could not put it down.

Overall, a very promising debut. I just wish Skilton had concentrated bbruised on the central theme and not on the many sub-plots. Monday, August 12, Bruised by Sarah Skilton.

Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. I would say that this sarahh for sure more contemporary, though. As she waits for her friend to wash up in the diner’s lavatory, a twitchy, frenetic man storms inside waving a gun.

I have never trained in any martial arts so I’ll reiterate: Again, I wish this impacted me more than it did, but it still is definitely worth reading. Book skklton by Goodreads.

On paper, the plot looks good aka a black belt dealing with the fall out of a tragic event they could not prevent. She trained hard, ate healthy and studied a lot for her average grades.

Was she truly deserving of those belts?