Today we are thrilled to have Sarah Skilton stopping by to reveal an excerpt from her debut novel, Bruised, coming out March 5th from Abrams/Amulet Books!
We’ve already gushed about how much we adore the cover, and now that we’ve read this powerful debut, we can assure you that this book is not just a pretty package! Bruised is a gripping, realistic story with striking writing and an unforgettable main character.
Scroll down for a sample of this wonderful novel!
About the book:
Imogen is a high school black belt who freezes up at an armed robbery. When the image you have of yourself is shattered, how do you make it whole again?
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.
“Offering psychological drama and an introduction to martial-arts code of behavior, the book has a meaningful message about power, control, and the internal bruises carried by victims.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Her story is compelling, and readers will stick with her as new insights bring about a believable shift in her behavior…This distinctive debut will be appreciated by fans of contemporary fiction.” —Kirkus Reviews
About the author:
Sarah Skilton lives in California with her magician husband and their son. She’s a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a fact that came in handy while writing her martial arts-themed contemporary YA debut, BRUISED.