What if someone you loved was hurting, everyday, because of you? What if their pain made you feel better? Could you really call that love?
Brewster Rawlins is not your ordinary empath. Because of this, he has to be very cautious with his attachments to people. For Brewster, to love someone is a burden of grave consequence.
Brontë and Tennyson Sternberger are siblings who take love for granted. They are well-liked, adored by their parents, and effortlessly make friends. Relationships are easy for them...until their parents' marriage begins to deteriorate.
Brontë collects strays. So, when she gets to know Brewster Rawlins, the brooding loner who has been the outcast since elementary school, she sees him as her "project." She WILL bring Brewster out of his shell. Brontë doesn't realize that it is this shell that keeps Brewster safe.
Tennyson is a bully- although he doesn't know it. When he learns that Brontë is dating The Bruiser (Brewster), his first instinct is to pulverize him. Then, something changes his mind about this kid he assumed was just a psycho.
Brontë and Tennyson know nothing about real love and friendship until Brewster Rawlins enters their lives. Brewster teaches them what it really means to care about someone. Brewster shows them that true caring is painful and, without that pain, the caring isn't true.
Bruiser is a story about the enormous responsibility of love.
4 out of 5 stars
Review by Mrs. Sanborn
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