Bruiser (Neal Shusterman) 2010

Sixteen year old Tennyson is furious when he learns that his twin sister, Bronte, is dating the odd and somewhat frightening Bruiser, but Bronte insists that Bruiser is just misunderstood.  Tennyson eventually realizes that Bruiser is a sensitive, intelligent guy, but then the twins begin to notice something unusual.  Bruiser appears to take on the pain (both physical and emotional) of those he cares for.  Should Tennyson allow Bruiser to take on the cuts and contusions he gets from the lacrosse field?  Should Bronte and her family let Bruiser take over the emotional turmoil that is engulfing them?  Is feeling nothing a gift or a curse?  Are Bruiser’s abilities a gift or a curse?  This book raises compelling issues about friendship and sacrifice.  Realistic Fiction  that poses philosophical and ethical questions.

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