Title: Bear, Otter, & The Kid (Bear, Otter, & the Kid #1)
Author Name & Publisher: T. J. Klune (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: August 12, 2011 — 350 Pages
Three years ago, Bear McKenna’s mother took off for parts unknown with her new boyfriend, leaving Bear to raise his six-year-old brother Tyson, aka the Kid. Somehow they’ve muddled through, but since he’s totally devoted to the Kid, Bear isn’t actually doing much living—with a few exceptions, he’s retreated from the world, and he’s mostly okay with that. Until Otter comes home.
Otter is Bear’s best friend’s older brother, and as they’ve done for their whole lives, Bear and Otter crash and collide in ways neither expect. This time, though, there’s nowhere to run from the depth of emotion between them. Bear still believes his place is as the Kid’s guardian, but he can’t help thinking there could be something more for him in the world… something or someone.
This review is for the audiobook version of this book.
Bear, Otter and the Kid is a charming, funny, and romantic book. It’s narrated beautifully by Sean Crisden. He really brings the story to life, improving on an already great book through his performance.
This is such a heartwarming story about family, love, and learning to trust. The characters are wonderful. The intimate and familiar way Bear tells his story is engaging and amusing. I feel like there’s a special art in creating funny and dramatic book, and TJ Klune does a great job with it.
My one complaint about this book is that sometimes the pace seems unnecessarily slow. The inner monologs and daydreams are fun and revealing devices, but I feel like they are used a bit too much.
Even though this is the first part of a series I feel it can also stand alone quite well. But that said, I’m looking forward to moving on to the next one.
I highly recommend this to anyone looking to laugh and cry and swoon.
This book was a real Rollercoaster ride! So many roadblocks, starts and stops. Bear has struggled a whole lot since his mother took off leaving him with his little brother Kid (Tyson). Both of them have real issues with abandonment and self worth. But Bear does have some great support even if he doesn’t fully acknowledge what it is. The Kid is the comedy relief in this story when it gets really heavy. This story tackles some serious subjects but the characters really make it for me. Otter is the real heart of this story and you pull for him so much. I just wanted to grab him and hug him so badly. Bear is faced with even more trials and yeah I wanted to slap him a few times but I understood his motivations.
This story really will touch your heart and make you pull for the characters. Even with some terrible poetry sometimes. You don’t really settle into this story because everything is moving up and down so quickly and in such a short amount of time. I finished this story in one sitting I just couldn’t put it down. It made me cry, made me yell and giggle at the silly kid. Since all of the characters are on the younger side I understood some of the issues they brought on themselves even when I wanted to hit them upside the head. Just breath and roll with it. You won’t be disappointed. Looking to pick up the following books just to spend a little more time with Bear, Otter and the Kid and see how all of their stories unfold. This story does have a HEA so you won’t be left hanging.
When TJ Klune was eight, he picked up a pen and paper and began to write his first story (which turned out to be his own sweeping epic version of the video game Super Metroid—he didn’t think the game ended very well and wanted to offer his own take on it. He never heard back from the video game company, much to his chagrin). Now, two decades later, the cast of characters in his head have only gotten louder, wondering why he has to go to work as a claims examiner for an insurance company during the day when he could just stay home and write.
He lives with a neurotic cat in the middle of the Sonoran Desert. It’s hot there, but he doesn’t mind. He dreams about one day standing at Stonehenge, just so he can say he did.