Title: Who We Are (Bear, Otter, and the Kid #2)
Author Name & Publisher: T.J. Klune (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: April 27, 2012 – 329 pgs
Bear, Otter, and the Kid survived last summer with their hearts and souls intact. They’ve moved into the Green Monstrosity, and Bear is finally able to admit his love for the man who saved him from himself.
But that’s not the end of their story. How could it be?
The boys find that life doesn’t stop just because they got their happily ever after. There’s still the custody battle for the Kid. The return of Otter’s parents. A first trip to a gay bar. The Kid goes to therapy, and Mrs. Paquinn decides that Bigfoot is real. Anna and Creed do… well, whatever it is Anna and Creed do. There are newfound jealousies, the return of old enemies, bad poetry, and misanthropic seagulls. And through it all, Bear struggles to understand his mother’s abandonment of him and his brother, only to delve deeper into their shared past. What he finds there will alter their lives forever and help him realize what it’ll take to become who they’re supposed to be.
Family is not always defined by blood. It’s defined by those who make us whole—those who make us who we are.
I can not even put into words how much I loved this book! I don’t know where to even start… The emotions this book pulled out of me, just wow!! I laughed so hard there were tears in my eyes. Then there was the crying I definitely needed tissues with this one. Bear was so hilarious in this one, there were moments the things he would say had me laughing so hard. Otter with his love for Bear and his protectiveness. Then there was the love they have for Kid. The way they took care of him and protected him. Now Kid you could tell he was Bear brother, they are both so funny. Then the part that had me crying my eyes out.. I had to use so many tissues through this part. So I will leave this review with I 100% loved this book and if I could give it more then 5 stars I would.
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.