Bruiser – Book Description
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.
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?
Award-winning author Neal Shusterman has crafted a chilling and unforgettable novel about the power of unconditional friendship, the complex gear work of a family, and the sacrifices we endure for the people we love.
Awards & Honors
Inspired Recommendations for Kids from Indie Booksellers
2011 ALA-YALSA Quick Picks Award List
2011 Washington DC Capitol Choices Award List
2012 Utah Beehive Award
2012 Florida Teen Reads Award List
Summer 2010 Indie Next List
2009, 2011 Texas Lone Star Reading List
Cooperative Children’s Book Center CCBC Choices
YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers List nominee
California Readers Book Collection—Middle School and High School collections
2010 Book Page Top Ten Book of the Year
2010 Capitol Choices “Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens”
2011 Bank Street College of Education Best Books of the Year
2011-2012 Georgia Peach Award nominee
2011 Southern California Peggy Miller Young Adult Fiction Award
2011 Milwaukee County Teen Book Award — Honor Book
The Tennessee’s Volunteer State Award Lists
2012 YALSA Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults
2012/13 Connecticut Nutmeg Award List
2012 ALA/YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults Award List
2012 – 2013 Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award Nominee
2012 Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award List
2013 Illinois Abe Lincoln Book Award Nominee
2013 Nebraska Golden Sower Award list
2013 Indiana Eliot Rosewater Award WINNER!
From A.L.A. Booklist
“Is it possible to experience joy if you don’t experience pain? Is absorbing someone’s pain a gift or a curse? 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 free verse, and the individual voices are nicely distinct. It is Tennyson, though, who stands out as he evolves from self-centered bully to caring young man and ponders big questions about friendship and sacrifice… the compelling issues and engaging premise make this a rewarding read.”