Flashback Friday: BRUISER by Neal Shusterman
Jun 27th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer


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Flashback Friday: BRUISER by Neal Shusterman

Publisher: HarperTeen Pub.

Date: October 1, 2011

Pages 328

Buy here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

1931915From Goodreads:

“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.”

When Brontë starts dating Brewster “Bruiser” Rawlins – the guy voted “Most Likely to Get the Death Penalty” her twin brother, Tennyson, isn’t surprised. But then strange things begin to occur. Tennyson and Brontë’s scrapes heal unnaturally fast, and cuts disappear before their eyes. What at first seems like their good fortune turns out to be more than they bargained for…much more.

My review:

Ohhhh wow! Bruiser grabs you from page one and holds on to the very last page. Who is Bruiser? Is he a bully? The reader soon discovers his extraordinary abilities to help people in a very unusual way. Neal Shusterman uses four different voices in this book, telling Brewster’s story from his girlfriend’s point-of-view, her brother’s point-of-view, Brewster’s point-of-view, and his half-brother’s point-of-view. The voices are distinct and true to their characters. The prose used for Brewster’s voice is fabulous and probably my favorite. I also loved the sassy Bronte (the girlfriend). This story unfolds beautifully, one character picking up and moving the story forward in his or her own voice after another’s. The mystery of Brewster & the impact of his talent on the characters in this novel pulls you in. What will happen? You will want to know! Put this one on your to read list too! 🙂

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