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Bruiser

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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 selectionA Book Page Top Ten Book of the YearA Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the YearA Cooperative Children's Book Center Choice
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Product details

  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 134.62 x 198.12 x 25.4mm | 294.83g
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0061134104
  • 9780061134104
  • 177,985

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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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Review quote

"This is a wrenching but ultimately redemptive look at how pain defines us and how love, whether familial, romantic or friendly, demands sacrifice and brings gifts of its own. Once again, Shusterman spins a fantastic tale that sheds light on everyday life."--Kirkus Reviews
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Rating details

13,299 ratings
4.04 out of 5 stars
5 37% (4,885)
4 38% (5,098)
3 19% (2,538)
2 4% (571)
1 2% (207)
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