RTW: Best October Read

This Week’s Topic is: 

What was the best book you read in October?

Wow I read a lot of books in October, some that upset me like Barry Lyga’s Boy Toy, some that took me on an unforgettable journey like Julie Kagawa’s The Iron King and others that left me wanting more like Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys,  but none of these great reads had the impact that Neal Shusterman’s Bruiser did.

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Award-winning author Shusterman (“Downsiders, Crank”) has crafted a chilling and unforgettable novel about the power of unconditional friendship, the complex gear workings of a family, and the sacrifices we endure for the people we love.

Seriously? That says nothing about how dark and brutal this YA story is. Brewster aka Bruiser is a troubled kid who can absorb the pain of others. I can’t say more without giving away too many spoilers but suffice it to say this kid takes on a world of hurt, literally. This story is expertly woven across multiple points of view, each unique to the character describing events. This made getting to know the main cast of teenagers so much easier, and made the overall story that much more powerful because I had insight into what each of them were feeling. Brewster’s POV is the most poignant and if I have any criticism for this book, it’s that I could have had less of the other POVs and more of his. Still, for anyone wanting a contemporary YA that’s more a boy’s coming-of-age story than teen romance, then this is the book to read. This novel should come with a warning though: while there is no explicit content, the theme definitely gets dark and there are a few scenes involving child abuse that left me feeling wrecked.


What was your best October read?

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  • Samantha

    Wow, I don’t like the title much but this sounds really good! Adding it to my list!

    • Suzanne_Writer

      I also found the title (and cover) off putting but I’m glad I picked this one up.

  • I’ve read Unwind and Unwholly, by Neal Shusterman, which also has a dark edge to the theme. I actually love those books because I feel like he doesn’t hold back.

    • Suzanne_Writer

      He definitely doesn’t hold back, that’s for sure! Must read his other books – thanks for mentioning them.

  • Robin

    I read this book last year and I still think about it all the time. It was that good!

    • Suzanne_Writer

      Indeed – it’s going to stick with me a long time.

  • Rachael

    Wow, I hadn’t heard of this one but now I really want to read it!

    • Suzanne_Writer

      I highly recommend it!

  • That sounds pretty wow. I haven’t heard much about this book, but now I want to read it. Will have to add it to my list!

    • Suzanne_Writer

      I stumbled upon this book accidentally. So glad I did!

  • Crystal Schubert

    Love a good boy-centric YA, so I’ll definitely have to pick this one up. Thanks for the rec!

    • Suzanne_Writer

      Me too! Happy reading!

  • I keep seeing CRANK at the library and haven’t picked that one up, either. I’ll have to keep an eye out for this one!

    • Suzanne_Writer

      I haven’t read any of his other books but maybe I should.

  • Beautiful Disaster by Jaime McGuire. I know there is a bit of controversy around this one, but I couldn’t help but get sucked into it.

    • Suzanne_Writer

      Have heard about that one but not read it yet. Might give it a go.

      • I think people either hate it or love it. Haven’t seen too many so so’s for this one.