New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman delivers a suspenseful and thrilling novel that's perfect for fans of Unwind and UnWholly.
Tennyson is not surprised, really, when his family begins to fall apart, or when his twin sister, Brontë, starts dating the misunderstood bully, Brewster (or The Bruiser, as the entire high school calls him). Tennyson is determined to...more
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First of all . . . this book might just have the best first chapter I've ever read in my life.
Next . . . this book is weird. I'm talking The Talented Mr. Ripley weird.
I've read several other Shusterman books, and I've never more than just gotten through them. I find his writing to be too . . . disheartening maybe? They've all . . . had an overwhelming sense of melancholy that dragged me down into the doldrums.
And I avoid books like t ...more
I don't really want to say what it's about, since part of its magic is in finding out Bruiser's secret on your own. But I can tell ya, this book––like all of Shusterman's ...more
I got little work done that night.
Bruiser is one of those punch-yo ...more
That kid is not kidding! I really am confused about what I feel for this novel. I should have loved it. But I didn’t. Do I loathe it? No, not really. Ughhhhhhh!!!!
Why I picked up this book : Bruiser is written by Neal Shusterman. Neal Shusterman wrote Unwind. No further motivation was needed. It is as simple as that!
Bruiser also has a very interesting concept. It’s basically a story about Bruiser, the misunderstood, socially inept, troubled hero. He uncle is abusive, and (SURPRISE!!!) he feel ...more
4.5 Stars! A deeply touching emotional story!
In a nutshell, this story centers around how much of yourself your willing to give to protect, shelter, and save those you love. Brewster "Bruiser", the main male protagonist, has a unique ability, or rather abilities, which I won't touch on so I don't ruin the story for potential readers. Keep in mind, nothing, nothing at all is at it seems. The paranormal element worked, it was different, a little strange at first, but once you understand what's h ...more
I read his novel Unwind years ago, about the time it first came out, and I can still remember to this day how my imaginary safe place was rocked to its core by a simple and short chapter in that book ...more
"Sometimes I feel things very deeply, y'know?"
"How deeply?" I asked.
This is the last book I'm reading this year, and I cannot even begin to explain how I feel. This book is art. It's beautiful and meaningful, and I don't even want to shelve it as YA, because it's not a novel meant solely for teenagers or young people. It's the kind of book that hits something really deep inside you, and after I read the last page (this was a lovely edition by the way, with lots of extra con ...more
This would have been a complete 5 star for me, but there were a couple of places that bothered me and I can believe it ended the way it did. Having said that let me just say WOW!!! I read Unwind a while ago and I never thought that anything could ever top that book, but Shusterman has proved me wrong, even with a few bothersome things. I can't and won't say too much about the plot as I think that every reader needs to explore this and read it in the way the author has so skillfully wri ...more
4.5 Stars Rated Up
Bruiser is one of those books that just completely blindsides you. I didn’t do a lot of research before I started reading it. Hell, I didn’t do a lot of research before I even decided to buy it. I found it at a thrift store quite a while ago and recognized it as a book that a few booktubers had mentioned previously. It sat on my shelf for a while before I came across it again as a “Daily Deal” audiobook through Audible.
Bruiser tells the story of a misunderstood teenaged boy nam ...more
It's a contemporary with a bit of magic thrown in. Brewster (Bruiser) is a great hulk of a guy ...more
Like UNWIND being more than just a futuristic world, BRUISER was more than a story featuring a boy with an infeasible ability. Defini ...more
The book is really about sacrifice and love: Would you sacrifice your own happiness if it meant that those you love would feel no pain? Is Brewster's power to take away the pain from those he loves a gift or a curse? How can a person be happy knowing that so ...more
Bruiser is the story of twins Tennyson and Bronte, and the changes that Bronte's new boyfriend (Brewster, commonly known as the Bruiser) makes in their lives. I'm about ...more
So, I like what he did there with Brew and Howl, but seriously, how many teens are going to get that the reference to the poem and his actual thought process are related? I don't want to be giving kids a lack of credit, but it seems like these characters are very literary where the majo ...more
I wanted to do a better review for this book because I thought it was amazing. There were several characters in this book, and all of them had POV's. Normally if you have four or so POV's it can get confusing, but not with this novel.
There was Bronte, Brewster, Tennyson, and Cody. Brewster or Brusier is the main character who I thought based on the title was going to get beat ...more
As Bronte and her twin brother Tennyson find their lives entwining with Brewster's, they quickly discover why Brewster usually avoids relationships with others. When he cares about someone, he ends up tak ...more
WHAT I LIKED: 4 POV's: Tennyson, Brontë, Brew, and Cody. The author allows each character to have their own "voice" and shows how their actions affect others. If you've read the summary, and without being too "spoilery", Brew has an unusual "gift" of healing. He leads an odd life ...more
It is, as far as I know, unique. Unfortunatel ...more
OK, Enough of the gushing. The plot itself was quite different from the things I had been reading. I was in dire ...more
Not blind! My eyes aren't even damaged! So I finished the book, and it got more and more amazing right up until it was over, and I had to read all the author interview at t ...more
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