Jul 5, 2010

Bruiser by Neal Schusterman

Author:  Neal Schusterman
Publisher:  HarperTeen
Release Date:  June 29th 2010

From Goodreads: 


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.

Award-winning author Neal Shusterman has crafted a chilling and unforgettable novel about the power of unconditional friendship, the complex gear workings of a family, and the sacrifices we endure for the people we love.


Bruiser is a very unique story, with a just as unique main character, but for some reason the execution fell short for me. 

First, I'll start off with the positives.  Brewster (aka Bruiser) is a such a warm-hearted, giving guy.  His unwavering love for the people in his life cause him so much pain, yet he endures.  I really began to think of Brewster as a big ol' teddy bear.  I was commited to the story soley because of him.  Author Neal Schusterman really created a great, wholesome feeling character.  I would compare him to Edward Scissorhands.  You know something is different, and frightening about someone one, yet you can sense good from them.  The story of Brewster is so unique, and I wanted to know more.  How did this come to be?  How in the heck does it happen? Why?  I love that the subject engaged me enough to have tons of questions swarming in my head.

The drawbacks, well, with all the questions swarming, at the end the questions remained.  Very little was given of the why, and how.  Infact, I would go as far to say that I think we were never meant to know the why or how?  Problem is I must know!  Secondly, as much as I loved Brewster, I could only tolerate Tennyson, and Bronte at times.  Because Brewster was such a great character, the others faded and failed to ignite any feelings for me.  A huge part of the book was about what was going on in Tennyson and Brontes house and I didn't care, really.  I wanted to peek in the window of Brewster's house with his younger brother, and drunken uncle. 

I'm really split on Bruiser.  I think if I was asked for recommendations Brusier would not come up, but if someone asked me specifically about it, I would say give it a try soley because of Brewster.

Recieved this book for review from Around the World Tours

1 comment:

  1. I'm so envious that you've already read this!!! I really, really like Neal Shusterman. The Schwa Was Here and Unwind were both fabulous! Based on your review, Bruiser doesn't sound too wonderful... but I love the author so much I'll have to try it anyway :) Found you through the Hop!


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