Bruiser

Neal Shusterman
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.

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Reviewed: 2016-03-04
Like so many Shusterman books, this one was first class. We have Brewster (Bruiser) who is anything but a bruiser. He has the supernatural ability to take pain from those he loves. You experience his pain with him as he learns to love others and suffers for it. It is absolutely heartbreaking. My daughter recommended this book to me more than a year ago. I should have listened to her.
Reviewed: 2015-04-07
It's rare that a YA novel spends as much time talking about parents as about, say, school. On one level this is a straightforward story about two highschool kids whose parent's marriage is falling apart. Plotwise, there's a supernatural romance, but the romantic relationships aren't very believable. On another level it's about the danger of getting close to people.

Pretty cool. Shusterman handles the four different character voices well. Tennyson is a bully and a snob, and he didn't lose me there. The Bruiser's sections are written in verse, and he didn't lose me there, either. I loved the tiny farm surrounded by suburban development. And the random old bull. And Uncle Hoyt is creeptastic. Weirdly, the only thing that bothered me was Bruiser's photographic memory, which seems over the top and unnecessary. I can't explain why, either, when there are so much bigger and inexplicable fish to fry that one minor detail should give me pause. Maybe I've just encountered it too much recently? Not that I can recall where, but my immediate reaction was "oh, that again."

Still, I really enjoyed reading it. Shusterman manages to keep a very high level of tension and suspense throughout. From the moment Tennyson sees Hoyt we know that's not going to go well, and it just builds. The only book I've read in the broad range of supernatural YA that was truly menacing.
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