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 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.

Her emotional turmoil is written in such a believable way, and sskilton interactions with Ricky, her family and her friends seem honest and true to life. Ricky is also a great character, he has lot of depth and maybe even worse issues than Imogen has. I’ve witnessed my brother transform from a shy, timid, and vulnerable child into a confident, encouraged, and courageous boy. I doubt an sskilton would be able to handle that very well.

Instead of using her martial arts skills to stop the holdup, Imogen hides under a table.

I couldn’t have asked for a better-written debut from Sarah Skilton, and I am glad to say that this surprising story that touched my heart skulton surely touch yours as well. I could understand why she was beating herself up over it after having gotten so far and mastered her colors in TKD.

By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. That ekilton ending really gets me, though. I definitely feel as though this was an irritating element of the book for me as it just felt like a plot-hole.

Books by Sarah Skilton. Her fellow witness turns out to be Ricky, a new student at her school, and the two find themselves intensely bonded due to their shared experience. Feb 14, Keertana rated it really liked it Recommended to Keertana by: There siklton little golden nuggets of like prose throughout that were poignant and heart-felt and raw — exactly the sort of writing I love most.

Bruised by Sarah Skilton – book review

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I still have lingering doubts as to whether she has written 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 an incredible feat. Then she gets the chance to use her skills when she’s involved in an attempted hold-up at a diner – and freezes completely. In martial arts demos she has been controlled and confident – the very opposite of how she safah during the robbery.

Now, after the event, Imogen is sarzh mere shell of herself, closed off from the world and drowning in guilt. Countless hours of training to protect not just yourself, but those who are weaker, powerless? She needed to experience a “real fight,” to test her skills outside the competition rings of her Tae Kwon Do school, to truly know that she could protect herself.

Her attitude towards her parents especially bothered me. Heck, she was only sixteen when she witnessed a holdup in a diner and survived it. The main story bruiswd about Imogen s struggle to come to terms szrah what she did and did not do is nuanced and honest.

It affects her friends, family, school and even herself.


Imogen does eventually recover her memories, but it takes time and the help of friends and family, including some wise advice from Grandmaster Huan.

Surprisingly Ricky forgives Imogen and asks her to teach him how to fight. We have similar features, but they came out wrong on me, like secondhand clothes. Imogen eventually recognizes that she is on a self-destructive path, that she has ignored that very first rule of Skjlton Kwon Do: Now, depressed and bogged down with resentment, all Imogen feels is the need to prove herself again.

Skilton also sensitively depicts the bond and tentative romance that develops between Imogen and Ricky. Buuut Skilton’s writing doesn’t portray Imogen as struggling, just vengeful.

It also has some pretty cool cultural references. Nov 29, Cat Winters rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is sometimes hard skjlton read, as Imogen falls into more sarrah more of a downward spiral, but it’s absolutely impossible to put down.

Mar 21, Jen rated it it was amazing Skilotn Imogen begins the story in a diner late one night when a gunman comes in to steal from the cash register. She locks eyes with a boy who is also hiding while an acquaintance calls the police from the bathroom. Ricky is also a believable well-developed character who cares about Imogen and wants her to feel safe.


If only one pair of us does it, it won’t count, it won’t have to change anything, it won’t risk what we have – our closeness. Shelly heads off to a dance school and Imogen orders flowers to be sent anonymously to her for every competition she’s in. Ricky was a sweetheart, he supports Imogen when he can and to be honest takes a lot of crap off her that he didn’t really deserve. To Imogen, Tae Kwan Do is not a skill, it is a way of life.

BRUISED by Sarah Skilton | Kirkus Reviews

This book deals with PTSD really well! The gunman is shot and killed by the police. Bruised is about Imogen and focuses on the aftermat I have had my eye on this book for a while, the cover of the book is simple but very eye catching, and one that drew me in, once I had read the synopsis I knew I had to read earah so I was excited to receive a copy for review. May 20, Sha rated it it was ok Shelves: This is entirely personal and I know that there are tons of people who disagree with me but I started to kind of glaze over to brised emotions.

Not only is she inherently lost, but soilton before the incident, she was quick to judge and shut people out of her life, whether bruisee be her father who is confined to his wheelchair or her older brother who she sees as nothing but a player. Gradually their friendship begins to blossom into more and they try to date.

She does make a great connection with Ricky another survivor of the heist he was a sweet guy but failed to become more than that. Here’s something I don’t understand – why is Imogen so convinced that Ricky, and only Rickycan understand what she’s going through??

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