Title: The Art of Breathing (Bear, Otter, and the Kid #3)
Author Name & Publisher: T.J. Klune (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 16, 2014 – 350 pgs
Tyson Thompson graduated high school at sixteen and left the town of Seafare, Oregon, bound for what he assumed would be bigger and better things. He soon found out the real world has teeth, and he returns to the coast with four years of failure, addiction, and a diagnosis of panic disorder trailing behind him. His brother, Bear, and his brother’s husband, Otter, believe coming home is exactly what Tyson needs to find himself again. Surrounded by family in the Green Monstrosity, Tyson attempts to put the pieces of his broken life back together.
But shortly after he arrives home, Tyson comes face to face with inevitability in the form of his childhood friend and first love, Dominic Miller, who he hasn’t seen since the day he left Seafare. As their paths cross, old wounds reopen, new secrets are revealed, and Tyson discovers there is more to his own story than he was told all those years ago.
In a sea of familiar faces, new friends, and the memories of a mother’s devastating choice, Tyson will learn that in order to have any hope for a future, he must fight the ghosts of his past.
I loved getting to read Kid’s book. His humor had me laughing so hard through most of this book. Kid has so many things he needs to work through you get to see how he deals with everything and how his family, Bear and Otter have his back. I will say I am not a huge fan of most of the blame being put on just one person in a book when I felt like it should have been more equal. So that part really bugged me. You could definitely see his love for Dominic and how much what happened had hurt him. Dominic I liked him but did not love him for Kid. I just felt like what he had done was really bad and I could see why Kid felt the way he did. Getting to see Bear and Kid interact together was hilarious too. The way Kid and Bear interact is so funny I laughed so hard there were tears in my eyes on all the parts we get to see them together. So I really want to say I loved this book but with the way everything went down it knocked it down a star for me.
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.