• Bruiser – Book Description

      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.

      BREWSTER:
      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.

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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
IndieBound title
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!

Reviews

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.”

13 Comments so far:

  1. Payton says:

    So, I had looked over this book several weeks at the library before actually checking it out. Once I had gotten through about half of the book I realized that I should have checked this book out the first freaking time I looked it over. This book had me screaming at how it ended, tearing up at the most sensitive parts, and smiling at the funny but serious moments throughout the chapters that tied every last part of this amazing book together. Bruiser is a heart warming, tear jerking, and smile inducing book that is a great ready for anyone who loves a gripping story from beginning to end.

  2. admin says:

    Thank you, Payton!

  3. Mikki says:

    I’m a high school student.. and I read this book in a little over three hours. I never wanted to put it down. I absolutely fell in love with Bruiser and the other characters! So much I’m doing a book report on it for my English class. One of my favorite books and trust me, I love to read!

  4. Erin Marshall says:

    I teach 8th grade ELA and I have never had all my students (even the ones who “hate to read”) be so into a book! I can’t get them to stop reading each day, and if I’m reading aloud and tell them that’s where I was planning to stop, they all yell at me in unison, “No!” As a teacher it makes me SO happy to get to teach this novel. It addresses some serious issues in an original way that appeals to my middle school students.
    Thank you, Neal Shusterman.

  5. Holly Day says:

    Hi! My class just finished reading this book, and I’m happy to say it was a glorifying, life-learning book! I’m glad I read it! But I just have one question. Did Brewster die? Because the phone was broken, and there was no way it had worked until then… Was Brew contacting them through a broken phone to tell them he was dead and that he wanted to say goodbye? I mean, I understand that thhehe h sme on Brontes face said it all but, was it teally? I don’t know. I would appreciate an answer. Thanks!

    Peace and Pancakes,
    Holly

  6. Losiram says:

    I REALLY LOVE THIS BOOK ! I HAVE NOT READ A GOOD BOOK IN A WHILE. THIS BOOK STARTED OFF A BIT CONFUSING BUT IT HAD ME INTERESTED SINCE THE FIRST PAGE. I WAS CRYING SO HARD AT THE END BECAUSE I GOT ATTACH TO THE CHARACTERS AND I JUST WANT TO KNOW IF YOU PLAN ON MAKING A SEQUEL TO THIS BOOK? I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS TO CODY AND BREW AFTER … YOU KNOW… AND AHHH

  7. Fyah Ty says:

    I haven’t read this book in 3 years and stumbled on to this again! This book should be a movie its like a play i pictured this whole book in my head and it was absolutely exhilarating this is the only book i want to read and will forever read. PLEASE MAKE IT A MOVIE! and keep it the way it is don’t ruin it with different scenes PLEASE
    Thank you Neal Shusterman for being such a great author. I love all your books and would like to say that bruiser is by far the best book i have ever read from you and could not get enough of it maybe a part II would be appropriate. 😀

    • Mak says:

      I am dying for a second book for this series to come out. I want to see what happens to Brew. please make a second book for the bruiser I’m dying for it! 🙂

  8. Jack Montgomery says:

    I read this book just recently and it was AMAZING!

  9. Ian Norman says:

    I just finished reading Bruiser for a summer reading project, and I must say, I enjoyed this book so much that I only have one big question: is there going to be a sequel?

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