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Preview — Bruised by Sarah Skilton. Bruised by Sarah Skilton Goodreads Author. Imogen has always believed that her black belt in Tae Kwon Do made her stronger than everyone else--more responsible, more capable.

But when she witnesses a holdup in a diner, she freezes. The gunman is shot and killed by the police. And it's all her fault. Now she's got to rebuild her life without the talent that made her special and the beliefs that made her strong. If on Imogen has always believed that her black belt in Tae Kwon Do made her stronger than everyone else--more responsible, more capable.

If only she could prove herself in a fight--a real fight--she might be able to let go of the guilt and shock. Is there such a thing as a fair fight? And can someone who's beaten and bruised fall in love? Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Other Editions 4.

Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Bruised , please sign up. How heavy is the romance?

Does it take over the story? In the male love interest the crutch that actually helps her recover or is it more of a side plot? Zahra It does not take over the story, but I'd say that it is heavy in a different sense. It contemplates a lot to the events of the stories and yes it help …more It does not take over the story, but I'd say that it is heavy in a different sense.

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. Because of her psychological state, I would say the romance is presented uniquely, but it is not too much, and not too little 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.

Also, it was a beautiful turning point. 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. PS: I read the book several months ago, and whenever I remember it and her, I remember trauma and survival I remember how psychological damage is harder to heal..

So the romance comes last in memory of this book. See 1 question about Bruised…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters.

Sort order. Start your review of Bruised. Feb 14, Maja The Nocturnal Library rated it it was amazing Shelves: amazing-writing , made-me-cry , best-of , arc , young-adult , contemporary-fiction , favorites , reviewed-in , own-a-dtb , abrams.

At first, my rating was 4. So I gave it a five, which is something I rarely do. Control and power are such interesting things. We all crave them, some more, some less, and none of us like to feel helpless or weak. But feeling powerful and in control can be a double-edged sword.

That wonderful feeling easily turns into something horrible the second someone stronger comes along. We all want to believe that we can defend ourselves, that nothing big can harm us. Those things happen to other people, right? But what if you spend years preparing for exactly one such event?

Countless hours of training to protect not just yourself, but those who are weaker, powerless? And what if, when the time comes, you fail? I doubt an adult would be able to handle that very well. A sixteen-year-old girl? Imogen spent six years living and breathing Tae Kwan Do. She followed all the rules, inside and outside the dojang. She trained hard, ate healthy and studied a lot for her average grades. She was confident that she could face any situation, confront any bully, fend off any attack, all thanks to her rigorous training.

The most wonderful thing about Bruised are its layers. There is no magic wand Imogen can wave to make her problems disappear. I know not everyone will love this book as much as I did, but it will definitely leave an impression. View all 18 comments. Mar 04, Wendy Darling rated it liked it Shelves: march , poc , inexplicably-violent , realistic-fiction , young-adult , publication , amulet , read Hm, I feel alone in a sea of glowing 4s and 5s on this one.

This is such an interesting subject, and there were times when Imogene's PTSD flashbacks were definitely troubling. But I had a serious problem connecting with most of the characters, and I was never really convinced by most of the main story arcs. A story that engaged my interest for the short while it took to read it, but one that ultimately left my heart View all 9 comments.

While suffering PTSD as a result of a diner hold-up, Imogen is compelled to confront what she believed to be fundamental truths about herself. 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.

Under the weight of what she perceives as a failure, Imogen begins to pursue an increasingly self-destructive path in an effort to redeem herself. She wants a real fight, a chance to do-over the moment her mind, body and training betrayed her. Imogen passes through a broad emotional spectrum, and this progression is developed organically. Skilton is unafraid to push Imogen into some dark places emotionally, essentially stripping her back to a state of mental vulnerability and raw instinct, before allowing her to slowly reconstruct her life.

She is emotionally distant from both parents for different reasons, and sees her brother as responsible for her estrangement from her former best friend. Skilton tackles each of these dynamics realistically, and I enjoyed the manner in which they progressed and their issues were addressed, particularly between Imogen and Hunter. Their sibling bond felt genuine, yet believably complicated.

Most of all though, hats off to the author for allowing her teenage girl main character to respond to conflict in such a physical way. Imogen spends a considerable portion of the novel looking for an opportunity to test her ability to fight, a rematch of sorts.

This quest leads her to make some poor choices understandable in her situation , and also to try to get Ricky her co-witness of the hold-up to fight her. While I enjoyed the openness of the ending, and the place where the author left Imogen, I felt a couple of the closing scenes were a bit twee in their delivery, and not necessary to communicate that the characters were in a positive space.

That said, the novel is tight and engaging. Although flawed, Imogen is a sympathetic protagonist with a compelling struggle. This is especially evident in the way the novel handles various attitudes towards sex.

Bruised is an accomplished debut novel about navigating physical and psychological trauma, and the challenging of self-worth. View all 4 comments. Shelves: favorites , books-that-linger , swoooon , kick-ass-heroines , debut-author 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.


“Bruised” Sarah Skilton

Post a Comment. Monday, August 12, Bruised by Sarah Skilton. Sarah Skilton's debut novel, Bruised is a gritty story about a young girl trying to recover both her identity and her life after a terrifying robbery. Sixteen year old Imogen Malley is in a diner one night at the beginning of her junior year, when the eatery is robbed. The gunman who goes directly for the cashier, doesn't see her sitting in the corner.



But when she witnesses a holdup in a diner, she freezes. The gunman is shot and killed by the police. If only she could prove herself in a fight—a real fight—she might be able to let go of the guilt and shock. Is there such a thing as a fair fight? What an intense way to introduce us to a character?


Bruised by Sarah Skilton

Access options available:. This is a fresh and original topic, and Skilton is both sympathetic and clear-eyed about her protagonist. Her growing relationship with Ricky is tender but also unhackneyed in its dynamics: he deeply admires her strength and abilities and she realizes that she could learn a lot from his kindness. YA has a plethora of strong girls these days; this is a useful exploration of the difference between fantasy-style omnipotence and the complexity of real-life human strength. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.

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