Monday, April 8, 2013
Bruised by Sarah Skilton
Bruised by Sarah Skilton
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.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
BRUISED is not exactly a coming of age story; it’s one of knowing what you can and cannot do and then dealing with consequences of things unexpected. In this one it’s Imogen, struggling to get over what she’s witnessed and at the same time having those around her struggle along with to make things right for her. Contrast all the emotional turmoil she’s living with to the uneasy state she’s in with her friends, and family and things went from worse, then worse again before any of the better came out.
A lot of what’s in this is not easy: her losing faith and failing to see purpose in what had previously defined her has her pushing others away then breaking down (in all aspects) yet still wanting/needing to prove that she could do something … And her break down (because it is that) was raw and clear but obviously hard to get through.
Then add on her family and the things not dealt with there, and things got even more difficult. Though I wanted an easy fix for her, what we got here is better. We see ALL aspects of her life shift toward the negative maybe because of the shooting but maybe also because of other events that had come before it. Then consider her issues with her father and an unsaid anger over how he is, along with brother and her loudly declared resentment over who he is and what he could do, as well as her uneasy almost absent connection with her mother. But what they do because of what she’s gone through is only a small part of everything else… because this family, this girl? ISSUES.
Take all that and we have girl on a self destruct because she’s unable to cope and lost certainty on who she is what she could do.
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