Heart-Shaped Bruise

Tanya Byrne

Heart-Shaped Bruise

They say I'm evil. The police. The newspapers. The girls from school who sigh on the six o'clock news and say they always knew there was something not quite right about me. And everyone believes it. Including you. But you don't know. You don't know who I used to be. Who I could have been. Sometimes I wonder if I'll ever shake off my mistakes or if I'll just carry them around with me forever like a bunch of red balloons Awaiting trial at Archway Young Offenders Institution, Emily Koll is going to tell her side of the story 4.0 out of 5 based on 3 reviews
Heart-Shaped Bruise

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Classification Fiction
Genre General Fiction
Format Hardcover
Pages 336
RRP
Date of Publication May 2012
ISBN 978-0755393039
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They say I'm evil. The police. The newspapers. The girls from school who sigh on the six o'clock news and say they always knew there was something not quite right about me. And everyone believes it. Including you. But you don't know. You don't know who I used to be. Who I could have been. Sometimes I wonder if I'll ever shake off my mistakes or if I'll just carry them around with me forever like a bunch of red balloons Awaiting trial at Archway Young Offenders Institution, Emily Koll is going to tell her side of the story

Reviews

The Guardian

Laura Wilson

While the style, subject matter and characters' age make this most likely to be a hit with young adults, it's an exciting read for old ones, too, raw and gripping, with a wholly unexpected final twist.

18/05/2012

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The Daily Mail

Carla McKay

The story goes way beyond such surface details: it is also a moving, often funny, and interesting examination of memory, identity and what constitutes mental illness.

26/04/2012

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The Daily Telegraph

Martin Chilton

The book is earthy ("you schizos are so stabby") and the language real and sometimes witty "sausage rolls and cheese and pineapple? Food of the Gods, that." It also captures well the mix of shame, bravado and bewilderment that is Emily Koll, a young girl adrift, without a mother, and who has gone down such a self-destructive path. Sensibly, it is left up to the reader to decide what they make of her behaviour.

03/05/2012

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