Heart-shaped Bruise

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Headline, May 10, 2012 - Fiction - 205 pages
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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 for the first time. Heart-Shaped Bruise is a compulsive and moving novel about infamy, identity and how far a person might go to seek revenge.

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User Review  - Violetthedwarf - LibraryThing

I think it's very important to write about women doing bad things - wicked or evil things, even - that aren't related to ideas about 'scorned' women. Damn. I'm finding it hard to explain coherently ... Read full review

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User Review  - EMaree - LibraryThing

"Heart-Shaped Bruise" is the diary of young criminal Emily Koll, written from her prison -- a young offender's institute in England. This book has some balls: we've got a hard-to-categorise story (is ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Tanya Byrne was born in London and studied in Surrey, where she still lives with her cat who goes by several names, none of which he actually answers to. After eight years working for BBC Radio, she left to write her debut novel, Heart-Shaped Bruise, which is out next year. She has a weakness for boys with guitars, drinks far too much tea and even though her mother tells her not to, she always talks to strangers.

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