“The way I see it, the impossible happens all the time; but we’re so good at taking it for granted, we forget it was once possible.”

I don’t know what I was expecting from this book, but it was clearly not anything close to how I feel after reading. Bruiser is a fascinating tale of a boy who takes on the pain and suffering of those he loves. From a young age he is taught to stay away from people, and not interact with the world around him. Everything changes when Bronte (his girlfriend) and Tennyson come into the picture. Bruiser learns to love, but simultaneously begins taking on more suffering than imaginable. We watch this scene play out from several perspectives, and watch as those he loves begin to take back their pain to help Bruiser. I think this is an excellent read for the younger generation, but I can’t say I LOVED it. It is a quick and easy read, and does keep you entertained. It’s an interesting perspective to have someone take on other’s emotions and pain, and I think the author did an amazing job of showing how judgement of others has negative consequences.


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