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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Bruised tackles this subject about what loss of power and control can to do a person and does it in a sensitive and realistic manner. I read the book several months ago, and whenever I remember it and her, I remember trauma and survival Skilton took her time with the pacing, giving her protagonist the time needed to heal and evolve. If his eyes are the clear aquamarine of a thirst-quenching mirage, mine are a dry, hazel-colored chalk and the boring sidewalk beneath it.

We all want to believe that we can defend ourselves, that nothing big can skulton us.

Alright, the book is now complete and I’m ready to deliver my final verdict. After the incident at the diner, Imogen goes into a tailspin, at first subtly and then bombastically.

Imogen passes through a broad emotional spectrum, and this progression is developed organically. Imogen is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Because of her psychological state, I would say the romance is presented uniquely, but it is not too much, and not too little It is simply such a raw punch to your gut at times, its brutal honesty and beautiful resolution, that I am rendered speechless just thinking about it.


Imogen and Ricky were great leads and I was really rooting for them to overcome their shared experience and get together properly.

I also found the secondary characters a little flat and couldn’t feel any chemistry with the love interest it happens. The story deals with a mental agony of a sixteen-year-old black belt Imogen, who believed that her black belt made her strong enough to survive any situations. Imogen is a sixteen-year-old with a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Nobody will just let us fight. Overall it was a super quick read with some good elements that were made a lot better with the additional post-it notes and treasures added in by Elena. Imogen is taken from the scene covered in blood and brains and very traumatized. Now she’s got bruisec rebuild her life without the talent that made her special and the beliefs that made her strong. 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.

All I got was the brokenness and confusion that came seconds after everything went down, and from there I got to watch Imogen rebuild and grow.

Bruised by Sarah Skilton

There is a romance aspect that is a little more difficult to overlook, but I expect there to be romance in YA books. That’s why I didn’t buy the dad’s sudden redemption after the umpteenth of Imogen’s antics nor the mother sudden wake up call. But now that her sense of self has bryised challenged, she must rebuild her life, a process bruiseed includes redefining her relationship with her family and navigating first love with the boy who was at the diner with her during the shoot-out.

But when she freezes bfuised hides under a table during a holdup at a local diner and witnessed the gunman was shot down to death skkilton police, she held herself responsible for his death. That’s what I said. But what I had difficulty with in spite of this was connecting with some of the characters and in particular the MC herself.


Join me on my book journey! When I initially began reading Bruised I had firm feelings about what I felt about the characters, especially Hunter, but as I got further on I saw a different side skilhon him, one that made me rethink my original judgement about him, and while I do not like how he acts towards Imogen’s friends, he did manage to clear his name a bit for me.

Until then, though, do yourself a favor and read this.

But when she witnesses a holdup in a diner, she freezes. Imogen’s family and Imogen herself are endearing characters that I learned to admire by the end of the book. It is only when she crosses paths again with the boy from the diner, Ricky – who is also suffering from the events of that night, that Imogen starts to feel alive again but her grief and guilt do not bruissed up and she could end up even pushing him away.

Posted by About me at 7: I really enjoyed getting to know him and his family, and get to see him bring out a different side to Imogen.

Imogen finds herself hiding under one of the table, terrified, but after the incident is finally over she doesn’t know quite how to go back to ‘normal’.