Bruiser

Bruiser
Publisher
Age Range
14+
Release Date
June 29, 2010
ISBN
0061134082
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"There’s a reason why Brewster can’t have friends – why he can’t care about too many people. Because when he cares about you, things start to happen. Impossible things that can’t be explained. I know, because they're happening to me."

When Brontë starts dating Brewster “Bruiser” Rawlins – the guy voted “Most Likely to Get the Death Penalty” her twin brother, Tennyson, isn’t surprised. But then strange things begin to occur. Tennyson and Brontë’s scrapes heal unnaturally fast, and cuts disappear before their eyes. What at first seems like their good fortune turns out to be more than they bargained for…much more.

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Magical and original
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Reader reviewed by Sab H.

As much as I loved this book, I still found it a little too depressing
for my taste, yet still absolutely unforgettable. Wonderful writing, of
course, because it is Neal Shusterman after all.



The story is told from 4 different points of view, which I normally
love, except this time I felt it was somehow frustrating. One of them is
Cody, Bruiser's 8 year-old brother. So, um, I was really reluctant when
I read his name on the beginning of the chapter. After reading it, I
still found it unnecessary. On the other hand, Bruiser's (Brewster)
voice was incredibly amazing. In his point of view the writing becomes
very poetic (he likes poetry) and is told in verse. His parts and
Tennyson's were my favorites. And then there's Brontë (such a cool name
btw) with her dull voice. She falls into the all-too-nice almost-stupid
category again. She's the typical character that always realizes things a
bit too late. You know, like that friend that laughs at a joke five
minutes after its told. Except her stuff is serious stuff so it's that
much worse that she kind of lives in Limbo land.



The premise was completely creative and hard to process. It's one of
those books that you keep wondering how it will end because you see no
way around it. The plot was very intense and intriguing. But overall
this is one of those books so so different that you don't want to miss
it.

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