author: Neal Shusterman
published June 29, 2010
arc from Around the World Tours
Bruiser grabbed me the day it arrived in the mail. I opened the book in the afternoon to read one sentence and finished it before nightfall. Been aeons since I finished a book in half-a-day (not counting the preschool books I read to my grandson).
The story is told from four points of view. First there's Tennyson, an athlete, who has a tendency to be a bully. He's angry because his twin sister Bronte is going to date the Bruiser. Tennyson and Bronte, second POV, are children of parents who are professors of literature. The parents are on the verge of separation.
The Bruiser is Brewster, a big quiet guy who was voted The Guy Most Likely to Get the Death Penalty. His POV is written in poetic style. Brew likes poetry, especially poems by Allen Ginsberg, a beat poet. Fourth POV is from Cody, Brew's eight-year-old brother.
Tennyson invites his girlfriend on a date to a miniature golf course; his main motive is to follow Bronte and the Bruiser on their first date. Naturally, Bronte is angry about this. When Tennyson and the Bruiser eventually become friends, impossible things start happening. To say more would be a spoiler. Enough to say the plot is wonderful. I'm going to look for more Shusterman books.