Synopses & Reviews
New York Times
bestselling author Neal Shusterman delivers a suspenseful and thrilling novel that's perfect for fans of Unwind
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 get to the bottom of The Bruiser's reputation, even if it means gearing up for a fight. Brontë, on the other hand, thinks there's something special underneath that tough exterior. And she's right…but neither she nor Tennyson is prepared for the truth of what lies below the surface. Told through Tennyson, Brontë, and Bruiser's points of view, this dark, twisting novel explores friendship, family, and the sacrifices we make for the people we love.
Bruiser was named to the Texas Lone Star Reading List, among many other state lists, and was selected as a Book Page Top Ten Book of the Year, a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year, and a Cooperative Children's Book Center Choice.
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“This eloquent and thoughtful story will most certainly leave its mark.” Bulletin of the Center for Children & #8217;s Books
“Shustermans writing is wonderful and a joy to read. The subject matter makes this a great book discussion choice.” Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“The compelling issues and engaging premise make this a rewarding read.” ALA Booklist
“Shustermans 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 Bruisers ‘gift against the freedom from pain that Tennyson and Bronte enjoy.” School Library Journal
“Even as the narrative wrestles with philosophical and moral issues, it delves deep into the viewpoints of Tennyson, Bronte, Bruiser, and his younger brother, each segment told in a different, distinctive style, making for a memorable story.” Publishers Weekly
“This is a wrenching but ultimately redemptive look at how pain defines us and how love, whether familial, romantic or friendly, demands sacrifice and brings gifts of its own. Once again, Shusterman spins a fantastic tale that sheds light on everyday life.” Kirkus 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 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.
There's a reason why Brewster can't have friends—why he cant care about too many people. Because when he cares about you, things start to happen. Impossible things that cant be explained. I know, because theyre happening to me.
When Brontë starts dating Brewster “Bruiser” Rawlins—the guy voted Most Likely to Get the Death Penalty—her twin brother, Tennyson, isnt surprised. But then strange things begin to occur. Tennyson and Brontës 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.
About the Author
Neal Shusterman is the award-winning author of more than thirty books for teens that span many genres. He has also written screenplays for motion pictures and television shows such as Animorphs and Goosebumps. He won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for The Schwa Was Here and has had numerous books on American Library Association and International Reading Association award lists, including Unwind and Everlost. Neal lives in Southern California with his four children.