We’d love your help. Provider of short book summaries. Bruiser by Neal Shusterman | Summary & Study Guide (1st edition) Find similar editions. After spending his junior and senior years of high school at the American School of Mexico City, Neal went on to UC Irvine, where he made his mark on the UCI swim team, and wrote a successful humor column. Bronte continues to see Brewster, slowly getting to know a boy who has always been there, but has always lived on the outside. This book bummed me out. LEGAL. I found all of them, as I said, unique… and their story engaging. But there's a catch: this magical person must suffer from all the hurt you would have received. There, she notices that her cut had vanished, and reappeared on Brewster’s hand. This make Uncle Hoyt mad at Brewster because not only is Brewster not home as much, which doesn’t allow him to constantly take away pain from his family, but he is also becoming more social, and the more people he cares about, the more he gets hurt. This places his life in danger when he cares about another person. The chapters were very short which made it easy to read. Think about it - if a person existed who was able to remove all of your pain, your anxiety, and every ailment you would ever suffer from, how great would that be? Welcome back. He can't control this ability, he just takes away the hurts of his friends and family, whenever he is close to them, and experiences it, regardless of if he wants it or not. In Chapter 1, Tennyson learns at dinner that his twin sister, Bronte, plans to go on an afternoon date with Brewster Rawlins, an antisocial boy from their school who was once voted most likely to receive the death penalty. Depending on the study guide provider (SparkNotes, Shmoop, etc. He lives with his uncle and little brother. The lines are witty, funny, and insightful! The others characters are just as… unique. Bronte and her twin brother, Tennyson, try to help Brewster, but instead allow themselves to become addicted to Brewster's special gift. Out of Stock. By the time Bronte and Tennyson find him, it appears to be too late. This Study Guide consists of approximately 24 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - Audiofile Magazine focuses on reviews of audiobooks. As he goes through life, he will encounter obstacles of many kinds, from rivals to mortal enemies. I think Shusterman is good at developing a likable and mildly amusing voice for his characters, but man if they don't all sound the same. 28 pages of summaries and analysis on Proof by David Auburn.This study guide includes the following sections: Plot Summary, Chapter Summaries & Analysis, Characters, Objects/Places, Themes, Style, Quotes, and Topics for Discussion. Exploraciones. Brewster is also known as the Bruiser because of his immense size and his anti-social behavior. I don't want to give anything away since it's so short and quick, so I won't say anything other than I like how the novel made me think about what I would do in the characters' situations. This was definitely one of those "this is impossible to put down" books. One day, Cody angers Uncle Hoyt just a little bit, and he snaps. Told from four points of view, BRUISER was quite the twist on reality, even though it was told so well that it didn't even seem like it should be impossible. The story begins when Bronte Sternberger begins dating Brewster “Bruiser” Rawlins, an antisocial boy at her school who was voted as “Most Likely to Get the Death Penalty.”. If there is a Bruiser SparkNotes, Shmoop guide, or Cliff Notes, you can find a link to each study guide below. Tennyson is not happy when he learns that his sister has begun dating Brewster Rawlins, an outsider at their school. It is then that Bronte realizes what Brewster has done for her family. Oh. It is even better with great narrations from some of my favorite elites: Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd, Luke Daniels and Laura Hamilton. Well, okay––Unwind is still my favorite. Bronte and Tennyson, worried about Brewster and his future, talk their feuding parents into taking in the two orphaned boys. It's not fair. I loved the messages it had, and I found myself really caring for the characters a lot. Bruiser by Neal Shusterman l Summary & Study Guide. Brewster (or Bruiser), a 15-year old troubled, withdrawn kid, is in a possession of a special gift/curse - he absorbs physical pain from people he cares about. That’s when it gets weird. Especially YA books, since they're normally so easy to predict. Bruiser was authentic and inventive in its plot! everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Bruiser. ", Award-winning author Neal Shusterman grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where he began writing at an early age. In Chapter 1, Tennyson learns at dinner that his twin sister, Bronte, plans to go on an afternoon date with Brewster Rawlins, an antisocial boy from their school who was once voted most likely to receive the death penalty. Bronte talks to Brewster and discovers that he is taking away all of their sadness and anger, as well as all of the injuries from his new friends, and it puts him in terrible pain. Chapters 40-48 Summary . Not only is this unexpected, but it makes his entries so much more haunting. To get back at Brewster, Uncle Hoyt begins to beat Cody, but Brewster feels all of the pain. A few days later, Tennyson points out that Brewster is now limping. Other Resources. Chapter 16 Summary. After a while though, Bronte and Tennyson begin to realize that they weren’t able to feel and negative emotions about anything. Bruiser is about a teenage boy who is so standoffish at his school that his fellow students voted him most likely to receive the death penalty. [Can you believe I have an entire section of my brain dedicated to illogical? October 1st 2011 Seventy-five cent words, as my former English teacher used to call them. He is just brillant!!! Suggest a Title. Would you go on and live with your pain, or would you give it up and live a carefree existence, knowing every little thing that harms you harms another person instead? After a while though, Bronte and Tennyson begin to realize that they weren’t able to feel and negative emotions about anything. GAHHH. However, when Brewster touches her, the pain instantly vanishes. Brewster has a secret that I can't reveal without spoiling the story so I will just say that Brewster's friendship with Bronte brings out his secret which was good and bad. Among the summaries and analysis available for Bruiser, there are 1 Short Summary and 8 Book Reviews. All I will say is that my mom told me I would like it and practically put her copy of Bruiser in my hands, and the next day at work I was so incredibly bored I decided to read a few pages. Reviews will usually include a short synopsis and focus on the reviewer's thoughts. help you understand the book. Not long after that, Bronte sees scars and bruises on Brewster's body and demands to know if his uncle is abusing him, but Brewster denies it. On another date, they go to the pool. Bronte expects an emotional hurricane to shatter her parents, but instead they take the situation calmly and with great maturity. However, as Brewster and his uncle argue, Brewster begins to feel the effects of a stroke his uncle is beginning to experience. everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Bruiser. (I love English lit!). Bruiser keeps you guessing as mysteries are revealed throughout the story, making it quite difficult to put this book down. Aka, I fall and break my leg? However, Tennyson realizes that if they give back some of what Brewster has taken, he might have a chance. He is too awesome for words. This study guide contains the following sections: This detailed literature summary also contains Topics for Discussion on As Brewster tries to fight back for the first time in his life, Brewster's uncle begins to have a stroke. He and his little brother, Cody, live with Uncle Hoyt and keep well away from everyone else. Rudy calls Barry Lancaster to let Barry know that he has taken back the Blacks’ case and to tell him to stop mentioning his name to people concerning the fire. The next day, Uncle Hoyt has a stroke, but instead of taking away the pain, Brewster forces himself to stop caring about Uncle Hoyt and lets him die. Authors: BookRags. After Bronte starts dating the Bruiser, she and her twin brother Tennyson find out there really IS a reason Brewster's had stand-offish and weird down perfectly – odd things happen when he cares about people. As an empathy, Brewster begins to absorb the effects of his uncle's stroke, to experience his uncle's death. by BookRags. They heal him, but he is still in a coma. Tennyson is popular, athletic, and confident-bordering-on-cocky. Brewster finds her and takes the injury away, causing his own drowning. Bronte befriends Brewster. The Rainmaker Summary and Study Guide. A big hulk of a guy… that’s Brewster. Tennyson warns Brewster away from his sister, but Bronte refuses to allow her brother to dictate who she can and cannot date. However, Brewster wants to live. He follows them to the mini golf course with his girlfriend Katrina, and threatens Brewster. Bruiser is a novel about the pain of living and the ways in which everyone learns to deal with it and the addictions that only delay reality. The Most Gripping Young Adult Books You Have Ever Read. GAHH. The idea of telling a story about an empath who can take on people’s pain had been with me for a while – but it wasn’t until I started toying with the idea of a character who could take on psychological and emotional pain that I got really interested in telling this story. [Brewster feels empathy in the truest sense of the word. For a while, Brewster refuses to take his shirt off, but when Bronte finally convinces him to, she discovers that he is covered in bruises and scratches. After years of being tread upon and cheated on, a man awakens to find his face has a been replaced by a blank, white mask. Bruiser has always tried to not get attached to people, to spare himself unnecessary suffering.

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