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Eddie MacIntyre--Mac to a handful of friends--is Pennsylvania's most promising wrestler. His future is bright with scholarship offers and the dream of helping his struggling mom. But then comes a fateful match at the state championship, when his famous rage consumes him and he assaults a referee. In an instant, Mac loses all he and his mom have worked to build since his ab Eddie MacIntyre--Mac to a handful of friends--is Pennsylvania's most promising wrestler. His future is bright with scholarship offers and the dream of helping his struggling mom. But then comes a fateful match at the state championship, when his famous rage consumes him and he assaults a referee. In an instant, Mac loses all he and his mom have worked to build since his abusive father was locked up years ago. Facing arrest, Mac runs away to another town, where he is taken in by a shady promoter who has followed his career. He recruits Mac into Brawlers, an illegal underground fighting ring run by a gangland boss. This is a bloodsport that has no rules . . . but offers plenty of reward. Mac teams up with Khajee, a girl with the fighting skills he'll need to learn to survive . . . and her own dark past tying her to the head of the ring. Together the two must figure out their place in a world that hasn't been kind to them . . . and forge a future that could be.


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Eddie MacIntyre--Mac to a handful of friends--is Pennsylvania's most promising wrestler. His future is bright with scholarship offers and the dream of helping his struggling mom. But then comes a fateful match at the state championship, when his famous rage consumes him and he assaults a referee. In an instant, Mac loses all he and his mom have worked to build since his ab Eddie MacIntyre--Mac to a handful of friends--is Pennsylvania's most promising wrestler. His future is bright with scholarship offers and the dream of helping his struggling mom. But then comes a fateful match at the state championship, when his famous rage consumes him and he assaults a referee. In an instant, Mac loses all he and his mom have worked to build since his abusive father was locked up years ago. Facing arrest, Mac runs away to another town, where he is taken in by a shady promoter who has followed his career. He recruits Mac into Brawlers, an illegal underground fighting ring run by a gangland boss. This is a bloodsport that has no rules . . . but offers plenty of reward. Mac teams up with Khajee, a girl with the fighting skills he'll need to learn to survive . . . and her own dark past tying her to the head of the ring. Together the two must figure out their place in a world that hasn't been kind to them . . . and forge a future that could be.

47 review for Brawler

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I received this book as part of the Spring 2019 Scholastic Book Fair Preview Pack. All opinions are my own. I was NOT excited to read this story-the tagline of "Fight Club meets MMA" was not something that appealed to me at all-but I ended up actually kind of liking this one. I would have never chosen to read this on my own, but it was something that I wanted to finish and found myself picking up over and over at work today. Eddie is a promising high school wrestler, a senior who is on his way to I received this book as part of the Spring 2019 Scholastic Book Fair Preview Pack. All opinions are my own. I was NOT excited to read this story-the tagline of "Fight Club meets MMA" was not something that appealed to me at all-but I ended up actually kind of liking this one. I would have never chosen to read this on my own, but it was something that I wanted to finish and found myself picking up over and over at work today. Eddie is a promising high school wrestler, a senior who is on his way to another state championship and hopefully a college scholarship. With that, he can start to earn enough money to help pay back his mom for all she has done for him as a single parent ever since the night they finally left his father, an abusive man who is now in jail for the things he did to them. But, in his last match, Eddie loses his cool and attacks the ref. Expelled and on the run since the ref pressed charges, Eddie falls into the Brawlers, an underground fighting ring. Once there, he realizes the money is good, but it isn't just fights. He finds himself on shaky moral ground and eventually has to realize just how much his life is worth to himself. Recommended for grades 8 and up. There is an ample amount of violence (hello, they are brawlers) but no sexual content and only two curse words (s**t and damn).

  2. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    While I readily acknowledge I am not the target audience, Brawler was not the book for me. Mac has hopes and dreams of getting a full ride scholarship to the college of his dreams because of his wrestling skills. He blows everything when he throws a punch at a referee at the state competition semi-finals. Not only does this get him expelled from finishing high school, but he is also going to be charged for the assault. I have so many problems. First of all, Mac has a lot of baggage from when he wa While I readily acknowledge I am not the target audience, Brawler was not the book for me. Mac has hopes and dreams of getting a full ride scholarship to the college of his dreams because of his wrestling skills. He blows everything when he throws a punch at a referee at the state competition semi-finals. Not only does this get him expelled from finishing high school, but he is also going to be charged for the assault. I have so many problems. First of all, Mac has a lot of baggage from when he was little and his father beat his mother almost to death. Mac witnessed the whole thing. So he has anger issues. No counseling? Just throw him out? This problem was obvious way before his final wrestling match--his coach knows it, his mother knows it...uh...come on. Mac gets "saved" by a mysterious guy who gets him involved in an illegal fighting ring, the Brawlers, run by a gang boss. He is allowed to beat guys to a pulp now and makes a lot of money doing it. But, he's also beholden to the boss, who makes him beat up other people who he is unhappy with. He's being trained by a high school girl, who for some reason knows how to fight. She is also indebted to the boss, so she must do this. Ummm....right. So this goes on for most of the book, and every fight is explained in meticulous, gory details that I ended up skimming. Mac barely feels any guilt for what his life has become and what he is doing. And he is enjoying more money than he has ever seen. In the last thirty pages, he decides what he is doing is wrong and fixes it. Very easily and quickly with barely any consequences. Really? Where's the moral? You want high school kids to read this and know that after all that, everything turns out okay for Mac? The writing is good (very descriptive) and the plot moves quickly. High school wrestlers who are reluctant readers might be pointed to Brawler. But only if they are unimpressionable and realistic. This isn't a book I would have chosen to read on my own. It was sent to me for review. And to reiterate, I know I'm not the target audience. But still...I'm having a hard time picturing who is.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Theo Dearborn

    I got this book at my school book fair. Well, it was 10 dollars but i think it was worth me buying the book. First, the reason i took a star off. In some cases, i thought they were portraying bad as good.(not too much thankfully) For example. When Mac beats his father. C'mon. The guy became a christian and regretted the sins he committed beating his son and wife. He's the good guy now. But know. Mac kind of scolds him and screams in his face that he's not his father anymore. If i was the father i I got this book at my school book fair. Well, it was 10 dollars but i think it was worth me buying the book. First, the reason i took a star off. In some cases, i thought they were portraying bad as good.(not too much thankfully) For example. When Mac beats his father. C'mon. The guy became a christian and regretted the sins he committed beating his son and wife. He's the good guy now. But know. Mac kind of scolds him and screams in his face that he's not his father anymore. If i was the father i would of been heart broken. Also Mac tells the girl that it was her father's fault that he didn't pay up some criminal named Sunday who's already rich and owns an organization called the brawlers. Another case was when Mac beat Leonard with no mercy. WITH A BAT. But i liked the book. The story tells how Khajee trains Mac in a Thailand martial art( I forgot the name) to become a good brawler. Mac ends up beating badder in the championship TWICE! I died when it said "Grunt grunted" Also i died when Mac was leaning over to Khajee to get a kiss and then she was like NOPE and backed away. I liked the MMA theme It was great overall.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sherrie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The tag line on the back of this book is “Fight Club with MMA” but it is so much more, and so much better than that. Eddie is a high school wrestler haunted by a childhood of abuse by his father against both himself and his mother. Senior year he has an undefeated season and scholarship offers, but one bad decision destroys that all and sends him on the run from police. He is taken in by a promoter running an illegal underground fighting ring. Soon, he is also picking up work as an enforcer for The tag line on the back of this book is “Fight Club with MMA” but it is so much more, and so much better than that. Eddie is a high school wrestler haunted by a childhood of abuse by his father against both himself and his mother. Senior year he has an undefeated season and scholarship offers, but one bad decision destroys that all and sends him on the run from police. He is taken in by a promoter running an illegal underground fighting ring. Soon, he is also picking up work as an enforcer for the promoter’s gang ties. Within this dark world, he meets two friends that he can trust. The characters are believable and the reader roots for Eddie despite his many flaws and his penchant for extreme violence. Highly recommended for high school aged to adult readers.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This was a challenge for me - very rough in several parts. Fights are graphic.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlin

    Totally loved this book. It was action packed, interesting, and engaging. Definitely suggest it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rilyn

  9. 4 out of 5

    Salamander

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cyrille

  11. 5 out of 5

    Julie

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lira

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alan Boyko

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

  15. 4 out of 5

    Joanna

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

  17. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Howie

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brinkley

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mew

  20. 4 out of 5

    Caro

  21. 5 out of 5

    Vicki Stevens

  22. 4 out of 5

    Krispipe

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anastasia Antony

  24. 5 out of 5

    John Zeleznik

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    SoKawaiiBebe

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    Noa Sperber

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    Jazz

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    Lindsay Flynn

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    Kate

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

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    Amanda

  32. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Landis

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    Jennifer Caslin

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  35. 5 out of 5

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    Jennifer Shanahan

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    Evelyn

  38. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

  39. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Hauer

  40. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

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    Caroline Floyd

  42. 5 out of 5

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  43. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

  44. 4 out of 5

    Jade

  45. 4 out of 5

    Jen Appell

  46. 4 out of 5

    Karrie Stewart

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    Emma

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