Bruiser Review

Posted December 28, 2010 in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Bruiser ReviewBruiser by Neal Shusterman
Genres: Contemporary, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Published by HarperTeen on October 4, 2011
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Source: Around The Word Arc Tours
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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.

Brontë:

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.

Literary's Views

With all the sadness and pain we go through in life it would be a dream come true to have it all just go away. But you know what they say, “be careful what you wish for”.  Fraternal twins Tennyson and Bronte soon find that out when Tennyson becomes Bruiser’s friend and Bronte start to date him.  Bruiser is the schools out cast, voted most likely to go to jail because of his huge size and silent domineer.  But what no one knows is that Bruiser is harboring a huge secret and power.

Ok I was really expecting a kick ass action story but what I got was an intensely suspenseful story about the power of connection, friendship and sacrifice.  Shockingly I was entranced with Bruiser’s story and Tennyson and Bronte’s role in changing their lives as well as changing his life. Even though this wasn’t full on the action, Shusterman did a very good job capturing and holding my attention though out the story.  The characters were what made this story.  Bruiser, Tennyson, Bronte, and Bruiser’s brother views points took center stage, making the story more intense. I was able to get and strong view of what each character was going through and how their lives connected from all their trials and tribulations to form a special bond.

Bruiser had this amazing yet distinctive power and it was great to read about how he managed it.  This story was entertaining and special, bringing to light the depths we would go to to help the ones we love.  This is a story readers will defiantly enjoy.

4 Stars

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