Bruiser

Bruiser

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by Neal Shusterman
     
 

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Tennyson:
Don't get me started on the Bruiser. He was voted "Most Likely to Get the Death Penalty" by the entire school. He's the kid no one knows, no one talks to, and everyone hears disturbing rumors about. So why is my sister, Brontë, dating him? One of these days she's going to take in the wrong stray dog, and it's not going to end well.

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Tennyson:
Don't get me started on the Bruiser. He was voted "Most Likely to Get the Death Penalty" by the entire school. He's the kid no one knows, no one talks to, and everyone hears disturbing rumors about. So why is my sister, Brontë, dating him? One of these days she's going to take in the wrong stray dog, and it's not going to end well.

Brontë:
My brother has no right to talk about Brewster that way—no right to threaten him. 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.

Award-winning author Neal Shusterman has crafted a chilling and unforgettable novel about the power of unconditional friendship, the complex gear workings of a family, and the sacrifices we endure for the people we love.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this thought-provoking, low-key drama, Shusterman (Unwind) examines the bonds between family, friends, and community, and how the individual can affect the whole. Sixteen-year-old twins Tennyson and Brontë Sternberger aren't the closest of siblings, but Tennyson is concerned when his sister starts dating Brewster "Bruiser" Rawlins, an antisocial delinquent from a dubious family. But as the Sternbergers grow closer to Bruiser, they discover his secret: he takes on the pain and injuries of those he cares about, healing them at his own expense, whether he wants to or not. He can even soothe emotional wounds--his mere presence is enough to save the twins' parents' fragmenting marriage--but the cost to Bruiser may be unbearable. Tennyson and Brontë must face the unintended consequences of their actions when disaster strikes and a lifetime of healing others takes its toll on their new friend. Even as the narrative wrestles with philosophical and moral issues, it delves deep into the viewpoints of Tennyson, Brontë, Bruiser, and his younger brother, each segment told in a different, distinctive style, making for a memorable story. Ages 14-up. (July)
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“This eloquent and thoughtful story will most certainly leave its mark.”
ALA Booklist
“The compelling issues and engaging premise make this a rewarding read.”
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“Shusterman’s writing is wonderful and a joy to read. The subject matter makes this a great book discussion choice.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"This eloquent and thoughtful story will most certainly leave its mark."
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
“This eloquent and thoughtful story will most certainly leave its mark.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“This eloquent and thoughtful story will most certainly leave its mark.”
Children's Literature - Kristi Bernard
Brewster “Bruiser” Rawlings is an outsider at school. He lives with his uncle and little brother. His mother passed away and he has not seen his father in years. But his life is about to change when he encounters twins, Tennyson and Bronte. Tennyson takes it upon himself to learn more about Bruiser by following him home. He saw Bruiser’s bruises and scars in the locker room, and suspects that the guy went from being Brewster, named after his grandfather, to Bruiser. When Tennyson got a peek inside Bruiser’s life, he started to see him in a different light. He also noticed that, the next day, the cuts on his own knuckles were gone but Bruiser now had some. Unbeknownst to Tennyson at the time, Bruiser can take on someone else’s pain and easily heal. Bronte, on the other hand, is attracted to guys she referred to as strays. She is interested in Bruiser though they keep it a secret. She was drawn to Bruiser and felt he needed someone to take care of him. On one of their secret dates in the woods, Bronte slipped and hurt her ankle. Bruiser helped her by rubbing her ankle and foot. Soon, there was no more pain, but Bronte noticed that Bruiser began to limp. His excuse was that his shoes were too small and not made for hiking. Bronte realized how much she was drawn to Bruiser and, as a result, she invited him to dinner to meet her parents. But troubles at home divided her family and her relationship. How could Bronte calm the storm that is Brewster Rawlings? Author Neal Shusterman has created a great read for anyone who loves a story with lots of points of view and an interesting storyline. The characters are not exaggerated, making them relatable and very human. At times the story is intense, but sometimes life is, too. Parents and teachers will approve of this read. Reviewer: Kristi Bernard; Ages 12 up.
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Tennyson, 16, is a hulking loner who seems to possess the power to heal both physical and psychic hurts. When his twin sister, Brontë, befriends their shy and withdrawn classmate Brewster "Bruiser" Rawlins, he is concerned that her relationship with this boy from the wrong side of the tracks will prove somehow dangerous. After he spies Bruiser changing in the locker room and notices that his back is covered in scars and welts, he becomes even more certain that the teen and his family are bad news. In spite of her brother's warnings, Brontë continues her relationship with Bruiser, drawing him closer to her family—and Tennyson—in the process. The twins begin to notice Bruiser's unusual talent: not only can he assume the physical pain and wounds of those he cares about, but he can also absorb their anger, hurt, and grief. Told from the three characters' alternating perspectives, with Brewster's rendered in poetic form, Shusterman's novel reveals its secrets and their implications slowly, allowing readers to connect the dots before the characters do and encouraging them to weigh the price of Bruiser's "gift" against the freedom from pain that Tennyson and Brontë enjoy.—Amy S. Pattee, Simmons College, Boston

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062003096
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/29/2010
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
13,797
Lexile:
820L (what's this?)
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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