The New York Times bestselling author of Challenger Deep, Neal Shusterman, delivers a suspenseful, eloquent, and thrilling novel that you won't be able to stop thinking about after you've put it down.
Tennyson is not surprised, really, when his family begins to fall apart, or when his twin sister, Brontë, starts dating the misunderstood bully, Brewster (or The Bruiser, as the entire high school calls him). Tennyson is determined to get to the bottom of The Bruiser's reputation, even if it means gearing up for a fight. Brontë, on the other hand, thinks there's something special underneath that tough exterior. And she's right…but neither she nor Tennyson is prepared for the truth of what lies below the surface.
Told through Tennyson, Brontë, and Bruiser's points of view, this dark, twisting novel explores friendship, family, and the sacrifices we make for the people we love.
A Texas Lone Star Reading List selection
A Book Page Top Ten Book of the Year
A Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year
A Cooperative Children's Book Center Choice
In this thought-provoking, low-key drama, Shusterman (Unwind) examines the bonds between family, friends, and community, and how the individual can affect the whole. Sixteen-year-old twins Tennyson and Bront Sternberger aren't the closest of siblings, but Tennyson is concerned when his sister starts dating Brewster "Bruiser" Rawlins, an antisocial delinquent from a dubious family. But as the Sternbergers grow closer to Bruiser, they discover his secret: he takes on the pain and injuries of those he cares about, healing them at his own expense, whether he wants to or not. He can even soothe emotional wounds his mere presence is enough to save the twins' parents' fragmenting marriage but the cost to Bruiser may be unbearable. Tennyson and Bront must face the unintended consequences of their actions when disaster strikes and a lifetime of healing others takes its toll on their new friend. Even as the narrative wrestles with philosophical and moral issues, it delves deep into the viewpoints of Tennyson, Bront , Bruiser, and his younger brother, each segment told in a different, distinctive style, making for a memorable story. Ages 14 up.
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Bruiser is awesome
I like to read at night it helps me fall asleep but this book kept me up all night. I couldnt stop flipping the pages and reading. If you want a ruly amazing book this is it.
Such a good book
I had to read this for my Christianity class summer work. I thought I'd hate if because I expected it to be a Jesus-y after-school special of a book. But this book was awesome. It was well written and wasn't too heavy on the morals. Neal Shusterman did a good job on making teen fiction that was witty and non-mopey.
This book is absolutely amazing! It's not at all what I thought it would be. This is such a creative book filled with a twist you won't believe! Now one of my favorite books ever!