Tennyson is a protective brother that for the most part makes him a very endearing character, but the conflict he eventually encounters morphs him into someone who is more complex and vulnerable. Cody was probably my least favorite character, but in some ways becomes the strongest and most understanding near the end of the book.
The thing I found most fascinating and thought-provoking from the novel was the idea of pain: And what would happen to us if we were protected from feeling any pain or hardship? With my background as a social worker, it was clear to me that Shusterman is very knowledgeable about some of the themes that are commonly found within the therapeutic field.
The book addresses addiction, co-dependency and enmeshment issues, self-deception, the trauma surrounding parents that are divorcing, bullying, and child abuse. Bruiser is an excellent, excellent book. I believe this book could be used as an extremely useful discussion tool with teenagers. Of all the characters, I think Brewster had the most to learn about how to better take care of himself, and there are glimpses of him doing it, but I wanted to see more.
At the end I wondered if there was possibly a sequel. As of now there is not, and the book works well as a stand alone, but it left me wanting a tiny bit more. About Attack of the Books! Index of Reviews Contact Attack of the Books! Attack of the Books! Attack of the Books. Bruiser , bullying , Neal Shusterman , supernatural fiction , young adult fiction. As you can clearly tell, I absolutely loved Bruiser. Bruiser is a beautifully written novel that deals with heavy themes while adding a magical realism twist to the story.
It was completely unexpected. It went in directions that I did not see coming. It was heartfelt and beautifully written and not enough people talk about this book. May 18, Crystal rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 Rating 4.
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 written out or you won't grasp the full impact of Brewster.
This book is moving, heartbreaking, and so many more emotions that I can't even think straight. I loved the characters names as well. These two are twins and their lives take a drastic turn for better or for worse you will have to find out when Bronte starts dating Brewster aka Bruiser. I never knew exactly what this book was about and I am glad that I went into it not knowing as I really enjoyed seeing and feeling all the emotions that these characters felt.
Okay my two bothers were one Bronte. I think she started out great, but I wanted her to feel more towards Brewster. She looked at him as a project one too many times for me and I think he deserved more. Tennyson was more true to character imo. I can totally see why the author chose to have him go through what he did and all the consequences that came with it.
I just wish that Bronte could have owned up to hers a little bit more. The second was the ending! I am so angry that Shusterman ended it that way. I wanted to know how things worked out it was so open ended that I am left craving for at least one more chapter or shoot I would read another book without batting an eye.
So for those who will read this just be where the ending, but don't let that stop you because this book is a MUST read!
A few quotes that stood out for me Well, maybe he was, but what people don't realize is that black holes generate an amazing amount of light. The problem is, their gravity is so great, the light can't escape-it just gets pulled in along with everything else.
Nov 22, Milly rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: 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: The characters are smart and Neal Shusterman came highly recommended by a fellow goodreads-er and now I know why. The characters are smart and entertaining!
Neal had me at Bronte and Tennyson! I love English lit! When I first read the book jacket, I was so sure it was another werewolf story when it made mention about one of the main characters healing quickly. But, this book is so much more! Brewster Rawlins or AKA 'the Bruiser',the social outcast and unpopular sophomore and voted most likely to receive the Death Penalty, possesses unnatural abilities, abilities that appear to be both a curse and a gift to Brewster.
There's a reason why Brewster is a loner and keeps to himself at school. He could not afford to become close to anyone and begin to care for them for there are consequences, grave consequences if he did. Eventually, Brewster can't continue to be reclusive as he encounters Bronte, one of the Sternberger's twin. Bronte finds out that there's more to Brewster than his ill-ridden reputation and couldn't stay away from getting to know him more.
But, Tennyson, the other Sternberger twin is not too happy that his twin sister starts dating Brewster. Soon enough Tennyson finds out the reason why Bronte could not stay away from Brewster and sees what she sees, and befriends him as well.
Bruiser is narrated in four perspectives, 3 of which are written in prose Tennyson - being the main protagonist, Bronte, and Cody - Brewster's little brother and Brewster's POV is in free verse. Brewster's POV is pained and angry but the most touching and thought-provoking! To read and feel what he feels brought tears to my eyes. He was so torn and tortured. To live or to love, which is it? Gotta love a selfless man! And I do love Brewster! He has a gorgeous heart and soul! Neal Shusterman is definitely a new favorite author of mine!
Bruiser is one fantastic book and one that I'll remember for a long time! Jun 23, Andrea added it Shelves: 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. Defini 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.
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. 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.
Aug 27, Erin rated it liked it Shelves: 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? 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 This book bummed me out. I'm about to reveal something that is a spoiler in the sense that knowing Edward is a vampire is a spoiler, so prepare thyselves. When people he cares about get physically hurt, he takes away their pain. Aka, I fall and break my leg? Within three seconds my leg is fine but Brewster is screaming as his femur pokes out of the skin. So, at first I was convinced this book and I would have a love relatioship of epic proportions.
It starts out in Tennyson's perspective, and he is great. Kind of a jerk, but in a way that I can really see a high school boy acting, not like the suave billionaire type of jerk.
And even though he did things that I knew would make me dislike him in real life, the peek into his mind that the first person perspective gave me caused me to really, REALLY love him. Shusterman made the bad decision to alternate perspectives like crazy, switching between Bronte, Tennyson, Brewster, and Cody, Brewster's brother. Seriously bad move, dude! Espesh for the Bruiser's sections. Emo poetry is SO not my thing. I can't be the judge as to the poetry's actual merit, because I avoid poetry as a rule, but I'm guessing it wasn't exactly good as far as poetry goes.
Another negative was that the message came across as heavy-handed. Literally all you have to do is read the first hundred pages to understand what the moral will be. This would have been so good if the whole thing had just crossed back and forth between Tennyson and Bronte, though! I still really adore Tennyson. And I don't even know what the point was of including Cody's perspective. So, do I recommend this?
Yes, to Shusterman fans, or anyone who's looking for a quick read probably two days and you'll be done. It's humorous and feels "light" even though it has an important message to convey. But if poetry makes you want to barf, consider finding another book. Jun 17, Maree rated it liked it. So who thought this was going to be a normal fiction book?
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 Oh. I don't want to be giving kids a lack of credit, but it seems like these characters are very literary where the majority of the world isn't.
It's a happening trend in the YA world, methinks, just because writers are so literary. I just don't know that it transfers. The characters are decent, the back and forth keeps the book confusing but hopping. It's a pretty easy read, nothing too serious. I have to say, I feel like the author totally gave up with the ending. He'd built up all this great possibility, with Ten becoming like the uncle and Brew handling their parents divorce as well as all the other kids he was starting to like in making friends, and then kind of wimped out and took the easy path.
I was really hoping for a harder ending. There seemed to be some contradictions with the use of Brew's ability, especially at the end there with the pool, but since nothing is ever really explained anyway Nov 17, Miss Nuding C8B rated it it was amazing.
This was definitely one of those "this is impossible to put down" books. The perspective switches along with the constant suspense make the reader constantly reflect on their own emotional and physical hardships. The question of "What would YOU do? Oh my goodness, this was great. Apr 07, Kandice rated it it was amazing. 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 Bruiser is narrated in turn by Tennyson, Bronte, Cody, and Brewster.
How can a person be happy knowing that someone he or she loves must feel so much pain? By taking pain away from those you love because you can't bear to see them suffer, are you causing them to in turn suffer over your pain? It's a vicious circle in the way love so often is. Bruiser is an intense, almost violently emotional experience.
I can't remember a time where I cared so deeply about such an initially distant, almost unlikable, character. The last chapters are at once torturous and touching, anguished and hopeful. It literally hurt to read them.
This book will stay with you long after you've read the final page. Aug 20, Thomas rated it really liked it Shelves: 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: 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 This book was exceptional in terms of characterization and its ability to make me mull over a moral dilemma. 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 harms you harms another person instead?
This problem or, for some, a relief is presented in Bruiser , the story of Brewster Rawlins, and how he comes to date Bronte - and consequently affect everyone he begins to care about.
Jul 26, MightyA rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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: Jun 12, Naomi rated it really liked it. I don't know how he does it, but Neal Shusterman always has the most unique ideas. Every one of his books that I've read is nothing like anything I've read before.
Bruiser is no different. He creates characters that you care about, that are complex and real and broken. And you fall into his books so easily. This is a character driven book, the plot is kinda just life. I didn't expect the first twist at all, and then slowly things started to make more sense. I knew that this book could not end we I don't know how he does it, but Neal Shusterman always has the most unique ideas.
I knew that this book could not end well. It was going to be sad and it was. I love that it's making me think. An interesting take on psychic powers. Brewster, called Bruiser because 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 An interesting take on psychic powers. Unfortunately, the rules are a little ill-defined.
It seems that Brew's Super Absorbing Powers kick in when he's fairly close to somebody he likes. And how much does he have to like them? That's never exactly defined, nor even taken a stab at.
Apparently, just being friends with the guy can cause him to start taking on your pain, all of your pain. It sounds great at first, but it does have a very creepy and disturbing other side, which is only barely touched on. For example, when he's described as being like a painkiller that another character is addicted to.
It's also only slightly touched on what happens to a person who never has to fear pain. I'm not sure if Bronte is meant to be stupid, selfish, or unbelievably insensitive, but she's at least one of the three, if not all of the above. I put myself in her shoes and wondered what I would do if I found out that my boyfriend, that I cared about deeply, would suffer the pain of anybody they cared about. Would I try to help him insulate himself from others?
Or would I try to widen the circle of people he cares about as much as possible? Remarkably, Bronte does the latter, even after discovering his abilities. Why on earth would you do that to somebody you cared about?
It's a little like throwing your boyfriend into a pool of hungry piranhas, after bathing him in cow blood. I don't think I'm being harsh, because she literally could have killed him. It made it very difficult for me to believe her self-described compassionate nature.
I get the feeling she wouldn't be nearly so compassionate if the left hand didn't know what the right was doing, if you take my meaning. Tennyson's reaction is actually pretty realistic considering the character.
He's a jerk, and he knows it, so I can cut him a break for acting like one. The book alternates between four POVs: Bronte's, Tennyson's, Brewster's, and that of his little brother Cody. I know the book is about him, but Brewster's POV is unnecessary and even detracts sometimes from the overall narrative, especially being written in verse in the midst of a book of prose. Cody's POV comes essentially out of nowhere and isn't even slightly needed. The whole thing would have been a lot tighter if it were only from Bronte and Tennyson's viewpoints.
Now, as for Cody I don't think he was that realistic. Sure, if you never really felt pain you might be a bit of a daredevil. But if you knew that somebody you loved would feel it instead? It would take somebody pretty cold to jump off a roof something Cody actually does knowing that any damage you take will be felt by your brother.
And Cody knows exactly how his brother's abilities work, and he takes some incredibly bizarre risks, while still being portrayed as a loving and caring brother. I don't think the two go together. There is, incidentally, at least one real-world illness that will turn of a person's pain response. Reading about how an infant reacts in that scenario is absolutely wrenching and not at all for the faint of heart or stomach. If I knew that my sister or mother or even good friend would be taking all of my pain and injuries for me, I'd be pretty darn careful about what I did.
All the complaints aside, it's an interesting, unusual, original, and well-plotted book. I'm glad that I read it, even if I did have some issues with the execution.
The ending was a little too cheap and neat for my tastes, though. Oct 25, Isamlq rated it liked it. The others characters are just as… unique. 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 need of decent YA read and Bruiser delivered.
Not just for the big hulk of a protagonist in that one, but also because of what made said big hulk of a guy special. So, while Brewster is not the first of his kind, I still found myself drawn into his story. Well, first there were all the other characters. Tennyson did not start out as sympathetic. In fact, he started out as an ass.
Bronte, was starting to sound too good to be true… until the Bruiser entered their lives. A good majority of the characters were not as developed as I had hoped them to be, and I could imagine Mr. Shusterman taking all of them a whole deeper level… but as it is Bruiser, was OK. What made Bruiser so special, so different anyway? When you do find out, you find yourself asking the same questions that Bronte was throwing him.
Suffice to say, the story telling was seamless. From one point to another, we jump… and thankfully, each jump was not jarring. There's free verse in it. I do not like free verse. Why, oh why was there free verse in this one? The Sternberger twins live fairly charmed lives. Tennyson is popular, athletic, and confident-bordering-on-cocky. 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. Sternberger to an extent deal with this truth. And horrible, drunk, sadistic Uncle Hoyt may be the only one with the ability to be compassionate. It makes him the worst of all. I liked the multiple perspectives but while I enjoyed these characters, none of them really endeared themselves to me.
Jun 13, McNeil Inksmudge rated it it was amazing Shelves: How do I accurately tell how much I enjoyed this book? 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. I had to get to the next part - the author so cleverly divided the book up into small episodes with his chapters, and switches narrators, giving insight that you so often want from other works!
Okay, so logically, I'll try to explain that again. Bruiser is great title for the book because it has significance that you don't recognize until four or five chapters in. The main character who I won't specify is compassionate and admirable, and has a love that you commend and wish more people had. Each of the characters in the broken family are believable, as are the events that take place outside of it, at school, or in the Bruiser's home.
People are selfish, unrestrained, callous, and don't think - but not in a burdening way like in "The Grapes of Wrath. My favorite tales are when believable people do nearly unbelievable things that are just out of their normal reach, as this book does. I would explain more, but because I didn't know anything about where the plot would go or what genre it was, I appreciated it that much more.
As I've rioted so much for the take-away, I'll explain it: THAT is something I all young-adults can appreciate and use more of. Sex - chaste as a church house. One drunken beating of a child. It's bad, I'll give it that. Jun 04, Beth rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. 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 Neal Shusterman is amazing and only accidentally getting carburetor fluid sprayed in my eyes this evening could have made me put it down. 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 the end so I wouldn't go into immediate withdrawal, and that was super interesting, too.
This isn't really a paranormal, exactly, but supernatural things happen. Maybe I need a supernatural shelf. Because poor Brewster i. But then Bronte and Tennyson - twins whose parents are English Professors - befriend him, and discover his That's when things really start falling apart. It's a very complex situation. There were a couple of points where I thought it was on the verge of getting preachy, but because the characters' voices were so strong, the message came across loud and clear without that feeling that someone else just took over and tried to tell you something while you were enjoying a decent story.
This is my favorite of the Sequoyah list so far. I hope Oklahoma teens recognize its brilliance and vote for it! They voted for Unwind, which was also brilliant, so maybe they'll get this one right, too. Review 5 1 1 Nov 07, Emma Carrozza 1 3 Jan 11, Award-winning author Neal Shusterman grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where he began writing at an early age.
After spending his junior and senior years of high school at the American School of Mexico City, Neal went on to UC Irvine, where he made his mark on the UCI swim team, and wrote a successful humor column.
Within a year of graduating, he had his first book deal, and was hired to write a movi Award-winning author Neal Shusterman grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where he began writing at an early age. Within a year of graduating, he had his first book deal, and was hired to write a movie script.
In the years since, Neal has made his mark as a successful novelist, screenwriter, and television writer. As a full-time writer, he claims to be his own hardest task-master, always at work creating new stories to tell. His books have received many awards from organizations such as the International Reading Association, and the American Library Association, as well as garnering a myriad of state and local awards across the country.
He has even tried his hand at creating Games, having developed three successful "How to Host a Mystery" game for teens, as well as seven "How to Host a Murder" games. Currently Neal is adapting his novel Everlost as a feature film for Universal Studios. Wherever Neal goes, he quickly earns a reputation as a storyteller and dynamic speaker. Much of his fiction is traceable back to stories he tells to large audiences of children and teenagers -- such as his novel The Eyes of Kid Midas. As a speaker, Neal is in constant demand at schools and conferences.
Degrees in both psychology and drama give Neal a unique approach to writing. Neal's novels always deal with topics that appeal to adults as well as teens, weaving true-to-life characters into sensitive and riveting issues, and binding it all together with a unique and entertaining sense of humor.
Of Everlost, School Library Journal wrote: A stunning novel, impossible to put down once begun. Konigsburg and Jerry Spinelli—are infused with the kind of controlled, precocious improbability that magically vivifies the finest children's classics. Of Scorpion Shards, Publisher's Weekly wrote: Neal Shusterman lives in Southern California with his children Brendan, Jarrod, Joelle, and Erin, who are a constant source of inspiration! Books by Neal Shusterman.
Bruiser has 14, ratings and 2, reviews. Neal said: Again – not a book review, but a review of my writing process for BRUISER. The idea of telling a 4/5.
Bruiser is my first read outside of the Unwind series that I've read by Neal Shusterman so I had high expectations that I was trying to keep in check and I'm so, so thrilled to say that this blew me away/5().
Shusterman explores these central questions in this thought-provoking new book The story is narrated by Tennyson, Bronte, and Cody in prose and by Bruiser in . Bruiser by Neal Shusterman however, deserves that rating completely and utterly. A while ago, I read Everlost and Unwind by Neal Shusterman. They are both considered children fantasy (and pretty much earning that title) so I was happy when I heard about Neal Shusterman's Young Adult debut/5().
Shusterman is a fabulous writer. His writing is sophisticated, clean, and tight. The story is told from four different points of view: Brewster, Cody (Brewster’s younger . Bruiser is a novel by writer Neal Shusterman. Bruiser is about a teenage boy who is so standoffish at his school that his fellow students voted him most likely to receive the death penalty.