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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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. Imogen is in a diner one night when a lone gunman holds it up.


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. Will my opinion be swayed?

It also has some pretty cool cultural references. More than once, Ricky and Imogen trade actual blows, which may turn some readers off. Ksilton witnessed my brother transform from a shy, timid, and vulnerable child into a confident, encouraged, and courageous boy.

LibrisNotes: Bruised by Sarah Skilton

She has never been overly close with her mother and she has a fractious relationship with her older brother Hunter who has been in her back books recently after he ruined her friendship with her best friend Shelly. Bruised by Sarah Skilton Ekilton York: But I have to say two things.


Sarah and her husband, a magician, live in Southern California with their son. The main story line about Imogen s struggle to come to terms with what she did and did not do is nuanced and honest. Her father’s health is not good and he is now in a wheelchair. Tough Times With Friends.

Bruised by Sarah Skilton

I loved this book! I latched onto those moments and was happy that we got to go through more with those two than with the relationships I mentioned previously.

That’s what I said. By day she works in the film and TV business. We witness the very real dilemmas Imogen faces at home with her family and in school with her friends. The opening chapter is so compelling, the PTSD that comes afterwards rings true.

With some romance and fighting sprinkled in. But one night as she and a friend are about to leave a diner, a man with a gun tries to rob the place. I think I should not have started this book at 10 pm gruised Sunday night.

Everything except Tae Kwon Do, the one thing in her life that feels steady and comforting.


I know not everyone will love this book as much as I did, but it will definitely leave an impression. She followed all the rules, inside and outside the dojang. At least, this is what she thinks. Who would loudly go around calling anyone a bitch because they didn’t take down an active shooter?

This is such an interesting subject, and there were times when Imogene’s PTSD flashbacks were definitely troubling. It is achingly realistic and utterly pulls you in until every deep feeling of Imogen’s is recreated in your gut too. I currently don’t know, but all you have to do is keep reading, haha. So my final rating for this book will be two crowns, because the ending does make a few good points about family relationships, the effects of PTSD, friendship and survival.

The Best Books of That said, the novel is tight and engaging. She locks eyes with a boy who is also hiding while an acquaintance calls the police from the bathroom.