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4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  13,020 Ratings  ·  1,993 Reviews

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.


My brother has no right to t
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Published May 3rd 2011 by Brilliance Audio (first published June 29th 2010)
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Neal Shusterman
Oct 18, 2011 Neal Shusterman added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-own-books
Again – not a book review, but a review of my writing process for BRUISER. The idea of telling a story about an empath who can take on people’s pain had been with me for a while – but it wasn’t until I started toying with the idea of a character who could take on psychological and emotional pain that I got really interested in telling this story. We THINK we want our hurts taken away from us, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that surrendering our emotional pain cripples us. W ...more
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
3.5 stars

First of all, this book might just have the best first chapter I've ever read in my life.

Secondly . . . this book is weird. I'm talking The Talented Mr. Ripley weird.

And like THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY, it's better that you go into reading BRUISER knowing as little as possible.

That being said, one of the main characters is the victim of child abuse, so if that's one of your triggers, you have been warned. The abuse isn't pointless, it's a catalyst, so while, yes, it was painful--such
Oct 06, 2010 Tatiana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2011
Brewster (or Bruiser), a 15-year old troubled, withdrawn kid, is in a possession of a special gift/curse - he absorbs physical pain from people he cares about. He can't control this ability, he just takes away the hurts of his friends and family, whenever he is close to them, and experiences it, regardless of if he wants it or not. Bruiser has always tried to not get attached to people, to spare himself unnecessary suffering. His social circle is limited to his abusive uncle and younger brother ...more
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
GAHHH. GAHH. THIS BOOK IS GORGEOUSSS. I WANT TO EAT IT. I LOVE IT TO SHREDS. Seriously, I don't think Neal Shusterman's genius will ever fail to amaze me. He is too awesome for words. It's not fair. Well, okay––Unwind is still my favorite. Everlost and Everwild are pretty hard to beat, too. But Bruiser is also very very amazing.

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
Jun 24, 2012 Allyson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I won't pretend I thought Shusterman, the Tim Burton of YA literature, was worth my time before this book. I won't even say that I was so intrigued by the synopsis or the title or the cover art that I paid for it with my own hard earned dollars. All I will say is that my mom told me I would like it and practically put her copy of Bruiser in my hands, and the next day at work I was so incredibly bored I decided to read a few pages.

I got little work done that night.

Bruiser is one of those punch-yo
Shayantani Das
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

4.5 Stars! A deeply touching emotional story!

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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
Jul 28, 2011 Arlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There’s a small fraction of authors that have left a lasting impression on me with their literary talent that catapults my imagination into unchartered territories. Shusterman is undeniably one of those authors in the top echelon of highly regarded and slightly feared… where I’m concerned at least.

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
"Sometimes I feel things very deeply, y'know?"
"How deeply?" I asked.
"Bottomless, kinda."

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
Katie Grace
this book is just a giant bundle of pain and I love it.
Cait (Paper Fury)
Wow. Just WOW. This was one of those books were I thought I might like it because I'd previously enjoyed (erm, well I read Unwind and it tore out my soul, but I suppose "enjoyed" is a word I can still use) books written by this author, so I thought, "YES I'LL TRY BRUISER." It also came recommended by a friend. SO WHAT WAS TO LOSE? Least to say I liked it a heeeeeck of a lot more than I thought I would.

It's a contemporary with a bit of magic thrown in. Brewster (Bruiser) is a great hulk of a guy
May 18, 2010 Crystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Rating 4.5
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
Maria (Big City Bookworm)

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
Nov 22, 2010 Milly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: isamlq, sashana, tatiana, penny, tiffany, nic, jennifer wardrip, arlene,
Neal Shusterman came highly recommended by a fellow goodreads-er and now I know why. He is just brillant!!! Bruiser was authentic and inventive in its plot! I was riveted and in awe of Neal Shusterman's writing style. Bruiser keeps you guessing as mysteries are revealed throughout the story, making it quite difficult to put this book down. The lines are witty, funny, and insightful! I went through a full spectrum of emotions: from laughing out loud to crying quietly! The characters are smart and ...more
Told from four points of view, BRUISER was quite the twist on reality, even though it was told so well that it didn't even seem like it should be impossible. After Bronte starts dating the Bruiser, she and her twin brother Tennyson find out there really IS a reason Brewster's had stand-offish and weird down perfectly – odd things happen when he cares about people.

Like UNWIND being more than just a futuristic world, BRUISER was more than a story featuring a boy with an infeasible ability. Defini
❤Marie Gentilcore
Feb 25, 2017 ❤Marie Gentilcore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
This was more than 3 stars but not quite 4 stars but I think the story was original enough that I'm going to round up. It is a story about Brewster who is a loner who the high school kids call Bruiser. He lives with his uncle and little brother. It is also the story of twins Bronte and Tennyson. Bronte befriends Brewster. Brewster has a secret that I can't reveal without spoiling the story so I will just say that Brewster's friendship with Bronte brings out his secret which was good and bad.
This book bummed me out. Not because it was a downer, necessarily, but because I could see all this room for excellence in it that never was fully realized. I think Shusterman is good at developing a likable and mildly amusing voice for his characters, but man if they don't all sound the same. And the poetry sections? Horrifying.

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
Jun 17, 2011 Maree rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh. So who thought this was going to be a normal fiction book? *raises hand* I actually like it when books are different from my general expectation. Especially YA books, since they're normally so easy to predict.

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
Apr 07, 2015 Kandice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bruiser is narrated in turn by Tennyson, Bronte, Cody, and Brewster. Each voice is distinct and believable, particularly Brewster's which is written in poetry form. Not only is this unexpected, but it makes his entries so much more haunting.

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
Aug 20, 2010 Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
This book was exceptional in terms of characterization and its ability to make me mull over a moral dilemma. Think about it - if a person existed who was able to remove all of your pain, your anxiety, and every ailment you would ever suffer from, how great would that be? But there's a catch: this magical person must suffer from all the hurt you would have received. Would you go on and live with your pain, or would you give it up and live a carefree existence, knowing every little thing that harm ...more
Jul 26, 2016 MightyA rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story evokes multiple feelings, and I love it! Even though it is teenagers story, it is very well written and the plot is precisely constructed. It is even better with great narrations from some of my favorite elites: Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd, Luke Daniels and Laura Hamilton.
Oh my goodness, this was great.
An interesting take on psychic powers. Brewster, called Bruiser because... well, he just is, has the ability to transfer any pain, physical or emotional, from the person feeling it to himself. In full. This means that when his brother falls from the roof, it's Brew who breaks his leg. Naturally, this leads to him isolating himself from everyone, until he starts seeing a girl named Bronte, and eventually becomes friends with her twin brother, Tennyson.

It is, as far as I know, unique. Unfortunatel
Oct 25, 2010 Isamlq rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A big hulk of a guy… that’s Brewster. The others characters are just as… unique. There are Tennyson and Bronte, so named given their parents’ professions as literature professors. I found all of them, as I said, unique… and their story engaging. Neal Shusterman can do no wrong in my eyes, so, yes, you could say that I am a fan. Unwind got me hooked and I am so glad to have found this.

OK, Enough of the gushing. The plot itself was quite different from the things I had been reading. I was in dire
Dec 21, 2010 K rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
The Sternberger twins live fairly charmed lives. Tennyson is popular, athletic, and confident-bordering-on-cocky. Brontë is popular enough, quietly self-assured, and sensitive to others. The Bruiser, on the other hand, is a hulking loner in too-small clothes who was unofficially voted Most Likely to Get the Death Penalty. He and his little brother, Cody, live with Uncle Hoyt and keep well away from everyone else. Brontë befriends Brewster and draws a very misunderstood and reluctant Bruiser into ...more
Drew Nevitt
Jun 13, 2012 Drew Nevitt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult-lit
SNNNKKKKTTKTKKKRRRRRNNNNKNGGG! How do I accurately tell how much I enjoyed this book? It was fantastic! The characters were people I cared about, and the events were realistic and not too much of a stretch at all, and the take-away was great! Man, I loved this book! I could not put it down! Often times I read and think, "Wow, that was great. I need a moment to take that in." Nein! I had to get to the next part - the author so cleverly divided the book up into small episodes with his chapters, a ...more
Neal Shusterman is amazing and only accidentally getting carburetor fluid sprayed in my eyes this evening could have made me put it down. And it was more of a "throw it down while screaming" kind of move. But my eyes are feeling better, so I'm about to put the kids to bed so I can get back to the book. I hope I don't go blind.

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
I am a huge fan of "UNWIND" by Neal Shusterman. That was the first book I've read by him and "BRUISER" only my second. I think its safe to say that the author knows how to tell a compelling, unique, well-written story.

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
Amazing! Absolutely amazing! I have to run to the library to return this before it closes and will update my review ASAP.

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
Sigh. After I capture Patrick Ness and chain him to a laptop, my next target will be Neal Shusterman. Besides being dashing and debonair(saw him at Comicon), he writes YA that's truly sublime. He writes the same way Terry Pratchett does: he asks a question that's basic to human nature, then answers it with a flight of the imagination. The question in this book is, "How would you react if you found something that could take away all of the hurtful things in your life?" Then Shusterman adds an ext ...more
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