Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bruiser by Neil Shusterman | Book Review

Title: Bruiser                                                    
Author: Neal Shusterman                                                 
Series: Stand-alone
Released: October 1, 2011
Pages: 328

"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.

I actually finished this book, maybe, two months ago? But, just didn't like the stuff that I wrote because I feel like they weren't enough to describe how gut-wrenching and heartbreaking this book was. This is now one of my top 3 YA book, and might just be my second favorite contemporary. This was just so good, that it was hard for me to put my thoughts and emotions into words. So, to help myself I reread it again, then skimmed it after to like give myself an idea on what I want to talk about so here we go. *This will be a spoiler-free review, but if you want a detailed one, just tell me and I'll get that up.*

Was it confusing in the beginning? YES. But, I think that was the beauty of it. I was so confused by the whole concept of it but then when I finally got it, it was just like a truck hit me with emotions. I just, can't. This is definitely the only book I've read that is like this and it was a very, very, very good introduction to these type of books. If you are interested about empathy, mind-links, type of thing then please, please check it out.

The characters were also very wonderful and relatable. They're like high school in three people. Bronte, Tennyson, and Brewster were just so different from each other, yet it was so easy to connect with all of them. Character development was definitely there, and I love that. Also, the multiple-perspective was so well done and the characters' voice were all distinguishable.

I love how there wasn't a lot of romance, anger, or fantasy. It was just plain emotion and raw-ness and  those books are really hard to find, so this was a true gem. This book is about sacrifices, love, self-reflection, and family. So, please, please check this book out.
P.S. You might need a lot of Kleenex.

So, what do y'all think?
Tell me in the comments below!

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