Bruiser by Neal Shusterman
Brewster isn’t like other teens. Anti-social and awkward, he was voted “most likely to get the death penalty”. Instead of running far from him, Bronte is attracted to the misunderstood peer. Her twin brother, Tennyson, doesn’t understand what she is thinking. Then he let’s himself get to know Brewster.
Brewster isn’t like other teens for a reason. He can’t allow himself to get close to anyone for fear that he will physically feel their pains. But, like any other person, he desires to fit in and be part of the crowd.
Told by various characters, the tale is woven neatly together, showing the different sides of the story, and giving the main characters of Tennyson, Bronte and Brewster (and Cody, Brewster’s younger brother) more depth.
The way the novel is written, giving more than one view point of the events, and showing how the characters, especially Tennyson, mature over the short time period.
The suspense of the tale. At first you aren’t quite sure what is up with Brewster. Then, knowing what is going on, you aren’t sure how the story can turn out well. I’ve read one other novel by Shusterman (Unwind). His writing is masterfully full of suspense.
Due to Brewster’s unique condition, the story can be a little difficult to read. I admit I rarely take pleasure in reading of another’s pain, even if it is an imaginary literary character.