Bruised, Shattered, Fractured, Broken


Sarah Skilton

Bruised by Sarah Skilton

Publication/Publisher: 2013 Amulet Books

Stand Alone/Series: Stand Alone

Pages: Hard Cover 274

Source: Borrowed from teacher


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.


Imogen is a strong girl who has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She fails to rescue the life of a gunman and blames herself for his death. To prove herself again she wants to participate in a real fight to regain her confidence. A boy named Ricky was also at the diner during the hold up. Not only does she join worlds with him, she believes that he may be able to give her the fight she’s been waiting for.

The intriguing story encircles  romance and tae kwon do into a true plot. Imogen was a self confident girl and believed that she had responsibility and skill with her black belt.  This novel is very detailed and specific, Imogen goes through many obstacles and hardships after trying to recover from the diner incident. Ricky another witness of the hold up was with Imogen, he brings her back to life. All that Imogen concentrated on before was following the Children’s Home Rules, now she doesn’t care anymore. Each word on every page, brings you into Imogen’s life making you believe that you were her.


I really liked the fact that Sarah Skilton took the book to a new level, she didn’t leave it as an ordinary story. She made Imogen make the choices that you wouldn’t have wanted her to make, Skilton broke Imogen into pieces as she then pieced her back together throughout the story. Skilton also identified Ricky’s place in the plot solid, instead of scattered. She placed him in as if he was  important in the story, she made him equal to Imogen. I liked how Skilton did that, she made it so that we could see and so could Imogen that she couldn’t do everything, she needed someone else. It’s been a while since I’ve found a good book, there were still places I think that could’ve been better but overall Skilton wrote the novel, as if she were Imogen and made the characters real.


There weren’t many things that I disliked, but there were some that are hard to explain. I enjoyed the plot of the book and how it was written. In some areas I found the book more out of the genre, she added romance. I’m not that into books with the kissing and things, but she edged over a little in certain parts of the story. I didn’t find much that I didn’t like, there was a good plot and she made it more exciting.

P.S. If you’re reading the book, DJ is a girl. At first I thought she was a boy.

This book was excellent and I really enjoyed reading it.

I give it an 7.80 out of 10. Definitely a spice, interesting, not as exciting as some other books but I liked how the characters were developed.

There were some parts that I think that Skilton shouldn’t have included but overall it was an excellent novel young teenagers even adults would enjoy.

If you have read the book please do comment and let me know what you thought about the book, please rate it from 1-10.



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