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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Her attitude towards her parents especially bothered me. She is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, which came in handy when writing “Bruised. 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 lesson here that translates across generations and social divides. View all 9 comments. If not, I will personally petition for one. In sadah to the three mentioned above, fans of powerful contemporary novels for teens should definitely check out Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry and Skin Wkilton by Laura Jarratt.

Despite being disengaged, I can see the appeal and praise. When she ends up getting involved in a diner shooting and the gunman gets slaughtered by the police, she blames herself for not being able to intervene and salvage the situation with her martial art’s skills. I know the event was catastrophic for her, but it definitely helped her do more than just recovery; exploration of normal human desires and needs.

Mar 12, Limonessa rated it really liked it Shelves: Return to Book Page. Bruised by Sarah Skilton.

That wonderful feeling wkilton turns into something horrible the second someone stronger comes along. Imogen eventually recognizes that she is on a self-destructive path, that she has ignored that very first rule of Tae Kwon Do: Her story opened my eyes about PTSD and how it can affect a person, especially a teenager, and also those people surrounding you.


This is a strong contender for book of the year. Agile, strong, and ssrah, she has dedicated years of her life to becoming this good. Never mind that the assailant had had a gun.


She is emotionally distant from both parents for different reasons, and sees her brother as responsible for her estrangement from her former best friend. Finding a novel so potent it caused me to pull brujsed all-nighter was worth it, though. I really liked her family smilton the rest of the supporting characters were rounded and had distinct personalities. Ricky is also a believable well-developed character who cares about Imogen and wants her to feel safe.

Jan 22, Alise Readers in Wonderland rated it really liked it.

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Its worth is undeniable: Again, I wish this impacted me more than it did, but it still is definitely worth reading. She angry, so angry she’s getting into fights. Certificates of her belt tests, achievements, and competition victories decorate her bedroom walls floor to ceiling. But to Imogen, all her black belt training was useless when the robbery went down.

Imogen spent six years living and breathing Tae Kwan Do. I always find stories that deal with a traumatic incident and how it affects the characters minds and essentially their day to day life utterly fascinating. Control and power are such interesting things. So I gave it a five, which is something I rarely do. She was super judgmental about her friend wanting to lose her virginity and mentioned several times she rarely cursed usually after she swore.

Feb 26, Isamlq rated it liked it. First of all, I really admire the main character, Imogen, for her bravery. I absolutely loved the character of Imogen; I found her to be one of th Sometimes a book comes along at just the right time and resonates in just the right way. 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.

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I wish these were the only two things that were making my blood boil, but they’re not. Then she has Imogen compare herself to her brother: I currently don’t vruised, but all you have to do is keep reading, haha. What happens when your worldview is completely shifted and you are powerless to do anything about it? And the fact that all the relationships in this book felt horribly, horribly forced didn’t help matters. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite skiltoj.

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. I doubt an adult would be able to handle that very well.

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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 the best YA debuts of recent years – right up there with The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson and Pantomime by Laura Lam. Many thanks to the author for the signed ARC I won! Few books have spoken to me the way Bruised has. She has also become closer to her family and friends again and has fallen for Ricky, who was there for her even when she was trying her best to push him away.

As his older sister, though, I’ve seen more than just the physical evidence of his years spent on tae kwon do; I’ve akilton the non-tangible evidence too. Please provide an email address.