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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Review: Bruiser by Neal Shusterman

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
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Buy the Book: Amazon

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.

My Review: 
     I have to say, I am a huge fan of Neal Shusterman. (As in my fandom is huge, I myself, am not huge) I have loved every book I've read by him, and I can't wait until I get my hands on another one.  (Fun fact: My absolute favorite book by Neal is Unwind. You can read my review here.) My expectations about his books are so high, and yet, he still never disappoints. 

     Bruiser is, of course, amazing.  The characters are definitely some of the most interesting I've ever read about.  Tennyson is confident and cocky, and basically the definition of "cool" but somehow I still found myself loving him.  Brontë is reserved and very clever, but she had no idea her love for strays would reach so much further than the occasional puppy.  Brew is puzzling and secretive, known as "The Bruiser" he's not exactly used to having someone care enough to find out his real name, let alone what he's really like. Lastly there's Cody, who's been living possibly the strangest childhood ever, and is daring and risky enough to get him into big trouble, but somehow he seems to avoid it every time.  All together these characters make Bruiser funny, sad, and suspenseful, and sometimes all at the same time.  It's an emotional roller coaster, but it's an incredible one.

     All of Neal Shusterman's books are so brilliant and the stories are so intricate, I can' help but be in awe every time I read another one.  The creativity and uniqueness of each of his books is astounding, and I would definitely recommend them to everyone.  


  1. Kit you would be so ashamed of me i have never read a Neal Shusterman book! but you have sparked my interest with your review :)

    thanks - melissa


  2. I've wanted to read this one for a while. And I have to point out... am I the ONLY one who can't look at that cover without thinking of Robert Pattinson? It is not because I am crazy obsessed or anything, but the cover model looks exactly like him! Actually, it really bothers me. I want to know who the model is so I can stop comparing them!

  3. I've wanted to read this one for so long!! I think he's an incredibly talented writer!!

  4. That's great to know! Unwind is my favorite too -- but I've got this on my list. Thanks!

  5. Can I just say that I am so incredibly thrilled to see BRUISER listed here? I feel much the same way as you about him and I try to spread the love for his books as far and wide as I can; *especially* for UNWIND, which went on to my favorites list immediately after finishing.

    It blew my mind and... I'm glad you enjoyed, this one, too.

    As a side note, how do you feel about Unwholly? I'm not really sure what to expect, but, I trust Neal.

  6. Thanks guys:)

    @Kaye I'm VERY excited! I was surprised when I heard about it, but I'm definitely looking forward to it. I just hope it's as good as Unwind!


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