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Bruiser by Neal Shusterman
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Mar 26, 2012

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bookshelves: boy-readers, contemporary-realistic-fiction, magical-realism-ish, science-fiction, tween, ya-teen
Read in April, 2012

3.5 stars. A very thought provoking and interesting read. I think maybe I didn't enjoy it as much as some other readers because I already knew the twist. I found myself wishing there was just a bit more mindblowingness to the story. But I think it's a wonderful concept, and Shusterman does a great job of playing out the implications of Brewster's power. (I may also just not be the biggest Shusterman fan since I couldn't ever get into Unwind.) I also really liked that the book was told from so many perspectives as that opens the readership to include both boys and girls, which can be hard to do in YA literature. Also, as the characters are only 15 and as some of the story is told from the perspective of Brester's 8 year old little brother, I think this could be a good book for younger tweens as well.

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