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Bruiser | [Neal Shusterman]

Bruiser

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.BronteMy 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.
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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.BronteMy 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.

©2010 Neil Shusterman (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“The English language needs another noun: ‘a shusterman.’ It means a book that is guaranteed to grip you from beginning to end and leave you thinking about the characters for years, just like bruiser will. Buckle up and prepare for a great ride!” (Laurie Halse Anderson, National Book Award Finalist for Speak and Chains)

"At once dark and darkly humorous, intense and intensely satisfying, bruiser may very well be Neal Shusterman’s best novel yet. Put this one at the top of your ‘must read’ list.” (Ellen Hopkins, New York Times best- selling author of Crank)

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    Mia Oslo, Norway 01-15-13
    Mia Oslo, Norway 01-15-13 Member Since 2012

    I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.

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    "This made up for every bad listen so far this year"
    What made the experience of listening to Bruiser the most enjoyable?

    The fact four amazing narrators came together giving each charactersva unique voice in the characters different chapter made it fantastic. The Storyline Includes everything. This is "The help" in the horrible Columbine/9/11 era. Telling a story of angels and demons with in all of us. It is better than "The help" the narration is beyond almost any audiobook I have heard. It is next to Johnny Cash narration of The new testament..


    What did you like best about this story?

    The true images of good versus evil


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, Nick Podhel one of my favorites.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but I am not going to spill my guts


    Any additional comments?

    You need this. This is art so hardcore your Audible life is about to change forever.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Hall 10-07-11
    Susan Hall 10-07-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Leaves a Mark"

    This book was one of those books that makes an impact. Very thought provoking and a great read!

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    James Springfield, MO, United States 03-10-14
    James Springfield, MO, United States 03-10-14 Member Since 2010

    New grandpa. Married 35 great years. Drink Batch 19,Tsing Tao, and Bohemia. Read Card, King, Hobb, Sawyer, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction.

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    "CURIOUSITY IS RARELY RATIONAL"

    I SWEAR PARENTS CAN BE SUCH CHILDREN
    NS is a unique writer, with a writing style that keeps your attention and he dreams up some of the strangest situations. This is a young adult novel without doubt. I thought that was all it was until chapter 23. If you are listening and losing interest you might want to skip to 23. I would have liked the novel to have been more in the Fantasy realm, but is more about the children and life as a teen. I have not been a teen in a while, so I was a little bored with those parts, yet they were written very well.

    I also had trouble with the premise that all parents have boyfriends and girlfriends on the side. This may happen, but I really don't think it is the norm, nor do I think that once a parent gets caught that the affair continues and the marriage continues at the same time. Without giving the plot away, I will mention that there is a part of the story that is similar to taking performance enhancing drugs. The emphasis is on the person taking the drugs, there is no talk about the harm done to the player who works hard, trains hard, does his best, but is cheated out of the prize by the cheater.

    This is a four star story and a five star performance. The narrators improve the story.

    HAPPILY EVERY AFTER IS ALWAYS A CURSE.

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    Igrat777 Hollywood, CA 04-09-13
    Igrat777 Hollywood, CA 04-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A very pleasant surprise"
    What made the experience of listening to Bruiser the most enjoyable?

    The readers were wonderful. I loved how they had different readers for different characters. The story was really very well written.... smart, emotional, uplifting. It was also a very intriguing commentary on how our experiences, even/especially the painful ones, are absolutely crucial to our growth as human beings. You start out feeling that Brewster's powers are fantastic but then quickly come to learn that all that glitters is definitely not gold. And the author did it in such a subtle, yet powerful, way.


    What other book might you compare Bruiser to and why?

    Powder. Basically about a young man who, through no fault of his own, was given these extraordinary powers and how the people around him learn to understand and cope with it.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Definitely Bruiser. You really felt for this kid. What a horrible, yet wonderful, burden to bear.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, not really, I had reactions but they weren't extreme. It made me laugh a little, I did not cry but really felt for the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    This was kind of a "tween" type story, but the writing was so smart that I didn't feel like I was in the world of the Dawson Creek kids or anything like that. I'd be interested to read more from this author.

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    LL CULVER CITY, CA, United States 02-22-13
    LL CULVER CITY, CA, United States 02-22-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Very Intriguing"

    I have become quite a Neal Shusterman fan! This is the 5th book of his that I have read and although I am not the target young adult audience, I found it to be a thoughtful, thought provoking and very well written. The narrators all did great jobs bringing the story of 4 people together.

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    Susan Richmond, TX, United States 09-30-12
    Susan Richmond, TX, United States 09-30-12 Member Since 2011

    This is my granddaughter's picture! She is my love.

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    "Green Mile for Teens"

    This is a nice story; misunderstood, outcast teen, girl that likes bad boys, she has a protective brother. After the three get close they notice the bruises and scratches. Bruiser's girl and her brother notice changes; no pain, winning games. When they figure out the secret it is not easy to give it up.

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