Bruiser

Bruiser

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The New York Times bestselling author of Challenger Deep, Neal Shusterman, delivers a suspenseful, eloquent, and thrilling novel that you won't be able to stop thinking about after you've put it down.

Tennyson is not surprised, really, when his family begins to fall apart, or when his twin sister, Bront#65533;, 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. Bront#65533;, 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, Bront#65533;, and Bruiser's points of view, this dark, twisting novel explores friendship, family, and the sacrifices we make for the people we love.

A Texas Lone Star Reading List selection

A Book Page Top Ten Book of the Year

A Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year

A Cooperative Children's Book Center Choice

ISBN: 9780061134081
Branch Call Number: BOOK CLUB BAG Shusterman Bruiser

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maggiegouker
Aug 24, 2016

Really great read loved this book!

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kinseypopham
Jul 08, 2016

Really interesting book, but overall it was great!

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Sanjana_1
Jun 03, 2015

This is a very interesting book! I personally loved this book!

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JihadiConservative
Apr 16, 2014

Creative story gives plenty of morals for people to think about. overall rating, so-so. I liked this while I read it, but afterwards I was like uh-blah.

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Gammaof2
Feb 17, 2014

A little Stephen King-ish, but still a good read.

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dobies1
Sep 15, 2013

Love, love, love Bruiser!

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albeart
Jun 11, 2013

This was an amazing book! It is a wonderful story about accepting and actually enjoying the pain and emotions of life.

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Kewashere
Jun 04, 2013

This book was so amazing, the outcome was unpredictable and surprising. I never saw that coming.

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Alexac
Jun 03, 2013

This was my favorite Golden Sower! It is so suspenseful. I have recommended it to so many people!

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whyschild
Jun 21, 2012

This book is a fantastic, compelling read, beautifully written. Bruiser's unique abilities provide an insightful metaphor for older children from abusive homes: they protect their younger siblings from abusive adults by redirecting the adults' anger to themselves. I don't to give too much away, so I'll leave it at that, but everything about this book is wonderful, so read it immediately!

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albeart
Jun 11, 2013

"And all because we longed for healing and happiness-as if happiness is a state of being. But its not. Happiness is a vector. It's movement." -Bronte

Crespier Mar 16, 2013

"I'm a firm believer in the observer effect, which states that anything you try to observe is automatically changed by the mere fact that you're looking at it.
The way I see it, if you try to study your emotions on a microscopic level, the best you can do is understand how it feels to hold the magnifying glass."
-- Tennyson

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yoyology
Jan 24, 2013

And all because we longed for healing and happiness -- as if happiness is a state of being. But it's not. Happiness is a vector. It's *movement*. Like my own momentum across the pool, joy can only be defined by the speed at which you're moving away from pain.

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blue_dog_6655
Dec 08, 2012

Stealer of screams and thief of anguish,  I am a criminal, but you can’t see it, blinded by your own relief as my body becomes a battlefield in a war that can’t be won.  Will I be the bullet that ends your pain, or will you end mine?

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whyschild
Jun 21, 2012

Mom doesn't cook anymore. She does nothing much motherly or wifely anymore since Dad did some unmentionables during his midlife crisis. Bronte and I have become convinced that Mom, God rest her soul, kind of died inside and hasn't come back from the dead yet. We keep waiting, but all we get is Domino's.

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whyschild
Jun 21, 2012

The Bruiser moves to his brother and pries him away from the dead bull; but the kid goes ballistic, screaming and cursing and fighting and kicking, limbs flailing like a spider monkey.

"Cody, stop it!" the Bruiser yells; but the kid's gone into demonic possession mode, scratching and biting until it's all the Bruiser can do just to peel him off himself. And the second he does, Cody jumps back on the bull, clinging to it like cellophane and bawling even more loudly than before.

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whyschild
Jun 21, 2012

Once in a while our school has half days, and the teachers spend the afternoon “in service,” which I think must be group therapy for having to deal with us.

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JihadiConservative
Apr 16, 2014

JihadiConservative thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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albeart
Jun 11, 2013

albeart thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Crespier Mar 16, 2013

Crespier thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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JihadiConservative
Apr 16, 2014

Coarse Language: some, but pretty mild

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JihadiConservative
Apr 16, 2014

Sexual Content: lots of thematic material

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JihadiConservative
Apr 16, 2014

Violence: beating, fist-fights, and an abusive uncle

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albeart
Jun 11, 2013

When Bronte starts dating Brewster, her and her brothers worlds are turned upside down when they discover he can take away their pain and suffering.

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