Bruised

Bruised Review

To Daya Wijesinghe, a bruise is a mixture of comfort and control. Since her parents died in an accident she survived, bruises have become a way to keep her pain on the surface of her skin so she doesn’t need to deal with the ache deep in her heart.

So when chance and circumstances bring her to a roller derby bout, Daya is hooked. Yes, the rules are confusing and the sport seems to require the kind of teamwork and human interaction Daya generally avoids. But the opportunities to bruise are countless, and Daya realizes that if she’s going to keep her emotional pain at bay, she’ll need all the opportunities she can get.

The deeper Daya immerses herself into the world of roller derby, though, the more she realizes it’s not the simple physical pain-fest she was hoping for. Her rough-and-tumble teammates and their fans push her limits in ways she never imagined, bringing Daya to big truths about love, loss, strength, and healing.

Title:Bruised
Edition Language:English

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    Bruised Reviews

  • rachel ?

    Whip It meets We Are Okay in this vibrant coming-of-age story, about a teen girl navigates first love, identity, and grief when she immerses herself in the colorful, brutal, beautiful world of roller ...

  • laurel [the suspected bibliophile]

    TW: Self-harm, emotional abuse, parental death, griefEver since her parents' deaths in a horrifying car accident, Daya has pushed the world away. She's repressed her feelings, choosing physical pain o...

  • sarah

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eArc in exchange for an honest review! I loved every single second of this book, and have literally no critiques. The characters were ...

  • birdie

    it’s been scientifically proven that i can’t resist coming of age books that deal with grief and are sapphic. so, obviously, i was ready to get hurt by this book.you could say i was quite disappoi...

  • USOM

    (Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Bruised continued my love of Boteju's books from Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens. It's ...

  • Alex

    Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of Bruised in exchange for an honest review.I love stories about grief. I love sapphic stories. Bruised sounded perfect.Boteju does a really good job of w...

  • Zizzy W

    My HEART got bruised looking at this cover because it's AMAZINGGG...

  • Lisa Pineo

    "Bruised" by Tanya Boteju, Simon & Schuster CanadaCategory: YA LGBTQ romance*I received this eARC from Simon & Schuster Canada via NetGalley in return for an honest review. My rating: 5 stars TW (trig...

  • Kristin

    There is so much to love about this book. It deals with grief is a such an incredible way and I always appreciate a book that talks about the benefits of therapy. I felt a connection to Daya, but it i...

  • The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)

    Full Review on The Candid CoverBruised by Tanya Boteju is a heavier read than I would normally gravitate to, but I enjoyed every page. This one is a great introduction to roller derby, and I loved bei...