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Publisher's Summary

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.BronteMy 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.
©2010 Neil Shusterman (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

“The English language needs another noun: ‘a shusterman.’ It means a book that is guaranteed to grip you from beginning to end and leave you thinking about the characters for years, just like bruiser will. Buckle up and prepare for a great ride!” (Laurie Halse Anderson, National Book Award Finalist for Speak and Chains)
"At once dark and darkly humorous, intense and intensely satisfying, bruiser may very well be Neal Shusterman’s best novel yet. Put this one at the top of your ‘must read’ list.” (Ellen Hopkins, New York Times best- selling author of Crank)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 03-02-15

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 happening, it all makes sense. At times it's painful to read about, and my heart hurt for, so much!

Brontë was lovely character, she was kind, compassionate and non-judgmental. She was also strong, determined and I adored her. She didn't let rumors and misconceptions sway her feelings, she saw past what everyone else thought they knew to be true, and was able to see the awesomeness that was a boy named Brewster! If there were only more people like her in this world.

Brontë and Brewster's siblings, Tennyson and Cody learn a valuable lesson, they were initially quite selfish, but both of them come around when they realize how much Brewster is giving of himself.

I had no idea how much this story would affect me, and I was praying for a good outcome...for everyone...well, almost everyone!

Sometimes when you give of yourself there are those willing to give back, even if it means they won't be the same, but it will make you whole again. A poignant message in this beautiful book, and I think about these characters and this story quite often. It definitely left its mark on me.

I was relieved and satisfied with the ending, but an epilogue would put my heart in a little better place. I'd love to get back into the lives of these characters someday.

About the audiobook...

Brilliantly narrated by a collective group of talented voices: Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd, Luke Daniels and Laura Hamilton! There is no doubt the author, Neal Shusterman, wrote a beautiful story, but the combined efforts of these individuals brought it to another level. I'm not always a fan of multiple narrators for one book, but this flowed incredibly well and each of them captured the essence of the characters they voiced!

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5 out of 5 stars
By LL on 02-22-13

Very Intriguing

I have become quite a Neal Shusterman fan! This is the 5th book of his that I have read and although I am not the target young adult audience, I found it to be a thoughtful, thought provoking and very well written. The narrators all did great jobs bringing the story of 4 people together.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 06-14-15

Good unpatronising YA reading

This was my second Shusterman having been completely bowled over by Challenger Deep. The writing is strong and the ideas interesting. I like the reading but didn't feel the narrators quite matched the characters, especially Brewster, but that's probably not going to be a problem for others.

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