This fast-paced book from an award-winning author is told from four different points of view: Bronte's, Tennyson's, Bruiser/Brewster's and Brewster's little brother Cole's. It is an age-appropriate story for teens with a fascinating premise about the ultimate form of empathy. Brewster literally takes on the physical and emotional pain of those he cares about, and he and Cole live with an abusive, alcoholic uncle who takes advantage of that fact. There are descriptions of a couple of violent encounters between teenagers, and between Uncle Hoyt and his nephews. Bronte and Tennyson's family is going through the aftermath of infidelity, and there are plenty of opportunities for Brewster to absorb their pain -- but does this ultimately help or hurt? There could be interesting discussion about how one behaves differently when there are no physical or emotional consequences.