Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Ninja Reviews. . .Bruiser by Neal Shusterman

It would be great if you never felt pain—physical or emotional! Never suffered a broken arm, never caught a stomach virus, never endured a broken heart, or never worried about anything. Or, would it…?

Brewster Rawlings (nicknamed Bruiser) is a Sasquatch-big boy that keeps to himself and was voted “Most Likely to Receive the Death Penalty” by his classmates. He lives with his verbally abusive uncle and daredevil little brother. He is quiet, shy, and has no friends.

In spite of the names their English professor parents have saddled them with, Bronte and Tennyson Sternberger are well-adjusted teens with what appears to be a stable home life. Bronte is a well-liked girl who sees Bruiser for the sweet soul that he is and begins to date him and gradually pull him out of his shell. Tennyson is Bronte’s older-by-five-minutes brother who does not like his sister associating with the town freak. Together these teens discover that not everything is as it appears, that miracles can happen, and that there is nothing stronger than unconditional friendship.

I read, loved, and was haunted by Neil Shusterman’s book, Unwind, and decided that I had to read his latest release. Neil Shusterman has created another story that will make you laugh, make you cry, and definitely make you go, “Hmmmm…”

Review by Angela J.

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