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 actually think that if this romantic plot didn’t exist, she wouldn’t have recovered, or at least not the way she did and the time she took to recover. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of It was unusually seasoned for a debut.

Bruised by Sarah Skilton – book review

She can’t forgive herself for not using her skills. But when she witnesses a holdup in bruisee diner, she freezes. Hardcoverpages. The gunman is shot and killed by the police. Newer Post Older Post Home.


Hiding under the table is something I think most of us could imagine ourselves skiilton in a similar situation. I pretty much gave you a wrap up of the story in the last two paragraphs.

She wants a real fight, a chance to do-over the moment her mind, body and training betrayed her. I loved everything about it.

She punches them in the face, ahem. 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.

I could understand why she was beating herself up over it after having gotten so far and mastered her colors in TKD. When she reflects back on a successful demo she did at bruisec high school, Imogen wonders, “And now a month later, I’m not even sure who that girl was — that girl who stood up in front of her classmates and pretended to know how to fight. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Survivor’s guilt is real, but in Imogene’s case, it has an additional punch.


But it seems to me the younger you are when something bad happens to you, the longer you have to carry it with you. It would have made more sense had she known Saeah before the hold-up or had he been a trained fighter like Imogen herself but since that’s not the case, her so-called connection with Ricky felt grossly underwhelming. She locks eyes with a boy who is also hiding while an acquaintance calls the police from the bathroom. But hey, look at all the glowing reviews on Goodreads, maybe you will get something more out of it than me.

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As a result, Imogen is suspended from her Tae Kwon Do Club for breaking the honor code as well as from school. From there on, he A very thorough, in depth excursion into PTSD and how it affects your everyday life and the lives of the people who are around you.

And what if, when the time comes, you fail? Imogen is such a well rounded character. Imogen begins the story in a diner late one night when a gunman comes in to steal from the cash register.

View all 18 bruisex. A taekwondo black belt struggles zkilton forgive herself after failing to act when she witnesses the police shoot btuised kill a would-be robber. The author who herself has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, knows her subject and therefore has been able to craft a story that is both authentic and meaningful. She was suffering from PTSD. So why did I love it so much? In this incredible debut she brings a powerhouse combination of emotion, romance, and action that left me breathless and reeling and utterly wrecked in the best way possible.

This was an extremely moving story and I feel it really captured how Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can affect people and make them react in ways they never would soilton.

Imogen is a first degree black belt, a six-year student of Tae Kwan Do, and the youngest recipient of a black belt in her school. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. I think there were quite a few missed connections in the story and looking back there was so much potential.


We all want to believe that we can defend ourselves, that nothing big can harm us. Looking for beautiful books? It affects her friends, family, school and even herself. I really wish I had connected more to Imogen. At first, my rating was 4. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

Mar 21, Jen rated it it was amazing Shelves: Imogen has always felt that she was capable of taking care of herself and others who are unable to help themselves but when she is faced with the fact that people can and often will freeze in the face of real danger she has to cope with this loss of belief in herself and become stronger in the process. But right now this book has my skin itching and my eye twitching, so what better way to take a break than to jot down all the ways I’m turned off by “Bruised” so I can evaluate if the ending which I’m on page 82 of and I’m dangerously close to a DNF.

Then consider her issues with her father and an bruiaed anger over how he is, along with brother and her loudly declared resentment over who he is and what he could do, as well as her uneasy almost absent connection with her mother. It isn’t as easy as simply coming to terms with her fright in the restaurant, it’s also about dealing with her conflicted emotions towards tae kwon do. They eventually embark on a relationship that includes her training him in martial arts.