Bruiser

Author:Neal Shusterman--By:Morgan Miller

Setting

There are many settings in this book. The settings are: Bronte and Tennyson's house, Brewster's and Cody's house, their school, the community pool and the lacrosse fields.

Summary of Brewster (Bruiser/Brew)

The Bruiser is known as the mean kid. Everyone believes that he will probably be arrested sooner or later because he's just that mean. However, he was not like that whatsoever!!! He was extremely caring, nice and respectful. He loves poetry and reading also. His home life, though, is not good at all. He is the "responsible" one at home. His dad left a long time ago; his mom was too ill to be able to take care of him and his little brother and eventually died. His Uncle Hoyt was now his legal guardian. Uncle Hoyt was almost always drunk and as a result, he was abusive and irresponsible. Uncle Hoyt, however, was afraid of Brewster. They were extremely poor and lived in a little farmhouse shack.

Brew had something special about him. Only 3 people knew about this before Bronte or Tennyson came along and a only 2 of the 3 people were alive at this point: Uncle Hoyt and Cody- His mom did know before she died. His special talent was that he could take pain, bruises, injures, anything from people that he cared about and loved. This meant he couldn't care for many people though. He had to be careful his whole life with this!!!

Major Conflict

There are many hardships that Brewster and even Cody encounter. Yes, almost all of them include the effects of Brew's special talent and how Bronte and Tennyson interfere with the special talent. The major conflict flows throughout almost all of the story. When Brew and Bronte meet, Brew realizes he may actually care about her. He makes a hard decision about whether or not to care about her, because if he does, he will take all of her physical and mental pain. He decides that, yes, he does like her enough to care. Then, eventually he cares for Tennyson. They both are introducing all of their friends to him so that they all will be friends, now knowing his special talent. Now, he has to face the hardest decision in his whole life: Will he care about these people? He tries the best he can to not care, but it just happens. He just starts caring about everyone. Will he be able to fix this and tell Bronte and Tennyson? Read the book to find out.

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Plot

EXPOSITION: Brewster Rawlins is going to the library to check out a poetry book. Bronte is a library aid during the time he comes in. She is kind of timid and nervous to go and help him, but doesn't let that stop her. She talks to him and they both realize they have many things in common. They become good friends.

RISING ACTION: Brewster and Bronte go on dates and Tennyson actually begins to like the Bruiser. Brew starts caring for Bronte and eventually Tennyson. Tennyson gets nosey and finds out that Brew's home life is pretty bad. He gets involved but Brew doesn't like it.

CLIMAX: Bronte and Tennyson begin introducing Brewster to their friends in hope they will all become friends. Bronte and Tennyson, on the other hand, have no clue about Brew or his talent. He just can't care about many people or else he'll be in physical and emotional pain. He tries his absolute hardest to isolate himself and try to not care about them. His plans, however, do not work. He begins to care for everyone and can't help it.

FALLING ACTION: Brew's beyond frustrated and still lets people just push him around, including Uncle Hoyt and all of his mind games. He realizes that he can't live like this anymore and tries to isolate himself as much as possible. Resulting of many other actions and Brew himself, Uncle Hoyt dies. Now Brew and Cody have to get foster parents. Many situations also cause for Brew to not care about other friends. Now Bronte and Tennyson know about his talent.

RESOLUTION: With many promises and a lot of begging, Cody and Brew end up with Bronte and Tennyson's family. They get an even closer relationship with some near death experiences that make a bump in their life, that they'll never forget. In the end though, they have each other

Summary

Bronte and Tennyson realize that the "meanest, most bad kid in school" is actually a sweetheart. They become close but they don't realize that they are unintentionally harming Brewster. They're making him care, but he just can't care too much. Now he's caring too much about too many people. Now he's in pain. Bronte and Tennyson have to know now. Everything ends up falling into place, not perfectly, but it's livable. All that matters is that they have each other.
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