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[Preview] Bruised by Sarah Skilton

February 10, 2013


I was able to sit in on Sarah’s passionate presentation of this book at ALA Midwinter Author’s Theater.  She swept me and everyone else up in her passion. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           – Brichimt

While this book is a quick read, clocking in under 300 pages, there is nothing quick about Imogen’s journey. Skilton took her time with the pacing, giving her protagonist the time needed to heal and evolve. It’s not an easy road, and my heart broke for Imogen several times over, especially when she regains her memory of what really happened in the diner, but it’s a road I would gladly travel with this character. From the start I was drawn to the dual strength and vulnerability Imogen possessed.

                                                      – Hannah (The Irish Banana Review), Goodreads 2/8/13

Skilton, Sarah.  Bruised.  288pp.  Amulet/Abrams.  March 5, 2013.   9781419703.  When Imogen, a sixteen-year-old black belt in Tae Kwon Do, freezes during a holdup at a local diner, the gunman is shot and killed by the police, and she blames herself for his death. Before the shooting, she believed that her black belt made her stronger than everyone else — more responsible, more capable. But now her sense of self has been challenged and 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 the shootout. With action, romance, and a complex heroine, Bruised introduces a vibrant new voice to the young adult world — full of dark humor and hard truths.

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