Author: Neal Shusterman
Pub: 2011; HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult, Magical Realism
This book! Man. I had no idea what to think. S'okay; Bruiser is this tough melancholic loner that has caught Bronte's eye. Bronte being the sister to the very alpha-male jock, Tennyson. This is definitely not acceptable. I mean, Bruiser's name is Bruiser. Duh. But still, Bronte's a fixer and she sees something deep within and wants to bring it out.
On a completely personal side note. I TOTALLY get Bronte. I so would have done the same in high school.
The thing is, Brew (a more human name once the two realize that he's well, human) has a deep secret which forces him not to let his guard down. He takes on the
How clever of a plotline is that?
The book is told in multiple characters, which I'm usually not a fan of because MOST OF THE TIME each character sounds the same. And here, maybe they do. I don't know. I wasn't paying much attention because the whole premise was wicked cool. I mean, it throws in the question of codependency and what one person feels and who is actually feeling it and MAN!
I loved me some Brew.
Although sometimes I wanted to punch him because really there's only so much someone should take.
The book kinda reminded me of Powder. Did anyone see that? I couldn't even tell you if it was a great movie or not seeing as I saw it as a kiddo. But it did leave an impression on me.
Another totally awesome and wonderful thing? I got to MEET Neil Shusterman about the same time I was reading this book. I stumbled upon his tour at the local B&N, which NEVER HAPPENS. Seriously. Authors are afraid of Florida, I think. He's such a cool guy and read from his newest book UnWholly.