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 personally thought the ending was great view spoiler [Imogen goes back to Tae Kwon Do but starts all over again with the white belt hide spoiler ] and the part where Imogen realizes how arrogant she’d once been was a nice touch – made me like her a bit.

Bruised by Sarah Skilton. I really enjoyed getting to know him and his family, and get to see skilfon bring out a bruisdd side to Imogen. As much as I admired what the author was doing with her themes, without this character connection I only felt a passing interest to everything that was going on and sometimes I felt there was a lot going on – lots of little side plots.

First and foremost, I must mention that Sarah Skilton writes like a well-seasoned author, making it hard to believe this is her debut. First, Imogen’s relationship with Ricky remains an odd one to me. You can hardly walk in my house without seeing remnants of my brother’s neatly broken boards, sparring gear, or the dozens of belts he went through to finally receive his black belt.


Zahra It does not take over the story, but I’d say that it is heavy in a different sense. Buy Bruised by Sarah Skilton at Amazon. But now that her sense of self has been challenged, she must rebuild her life, a process that includes redefining her relationship with her family and navigating first love with the boy who was at the diner with her during bruissd shoot-out. And how beautifully she pulls together the story of Imogen’s collapse and skiltpn understanding. May 27, Gray Cox rated it did not like it Shelves: Ricky, the teenage boy also caught in the restaurant with Imogen during the shooting, seems to be the only person who understands Imogen and the PTSD she faces, but even his support isn’t enough.


Bruised tells the story of Imogen, a sixteen year old girl who is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. It would have made more sense had she known Ricky 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 is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, which came in handy when writing “Bruised. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies.

Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Bruised takes it upon itself brusied carve out the heart-breaking swrah Imogen must take to find herself, her control, and her passion all over again.

I don’t think it’s ever appropriate to use males hitting females as a positive part of a relationship. Things escalate and the gunman ends up dead, shot down by the local police.

She was suffering from PTSD. It’s similar in the ways of a girl who endures a traumatizing experience in which she needs to go through the healing process by forcing herself to remember.

Bruised by Sarah Skilton – book review

Imogen and Ricky were great leads and I was really rooting for them to overcome their shared experience and get together properly. Hunter, the man-whore of a brother was hilarious, but also deeply caring.


Realistically gut-wrenching weeks follow, as she tries to come to terms with nightmares, anxiety and, most of all, a deep sense of shame. Heck, she was only sixteen when she witnessed a holdup in a diner and survived it. Jan 22, Alise Readers in Wonderland rated it really liked it.

I’d like to think I would be able to defend myself, still, they say you never know what you’d do i 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. That said, I soilton like Imogen’s brother and the layers in their relationship.

All she did was hide. Imogen winds up covered in the gunman’s blood.

I rationalize this by saying hey, it’s the beginning of the book and she has room for development! I longed for more to happen outside of her strife and inner dialogue that was essentially beating herself up. Skliton takes an awful experience to show her just how wrong she is about being a black belt. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

However in few stages I had problem in dealing with her illogical impulsive behaviour view spoiler [ She punches random the guy she likes and without reason hide spoiler ].