Goodreads reviewer and blogger... also dentist and wife/mom when I get the time!
To be honest, I wasn't expecting greatness from "Bear, Otter, and the Kid" even though most of my GR friends adore this one. First of all, I try to not read books with kids in them. I can't deal with tragedy and little kids and, inevitably, tragedy befalls them in books where kids play a main role. Not my cup of tea. Also, the title threw me off. I wasn't feeling it. However, I couldn't ignore the amazing reviews so I decided to give this one a try. And, low and behold, I loved this one. Excuse me while I gush a little.
What really struck me was the chemistry between Bear and Otter. It was wonderful and rich and full of pure love. That is really the best way to describe it. They are so pure in the way that they love each other, and it is just magical to read. T.J. Klune manages to pull that off without it coming across as insincere or phoney, which is a very difficult feat.
I also loved the secondary characters. The Kid was so sweet, funny, and observant. He was the perfect innocent voice of reason, and I fell in love with him. I wanted to adopt him myself by the end of the book. Anna and Creed were also fab and really added to the plot.
My only issue with this one was that I don't do well with plot twists meant to drive readers nuts and for the last 20% of the book or so I was tearing my hair out!
Come on! Did you have to do that to me T.J.??
I have heard some controversy over this book and its similarities to the movie "Shelter". I haven't seen the movie, but honestly, I didn't care that it possibly borrowed ideas from the plot of the movie. It still took major skill to pull off writing such a wonderful work of fiction. T.J. Klune just earned himself auto-buy status for me!
As always, the narration from Sean Crisden was awesome. Nicely done.
I would have to say that Bear is my favorite and least favorite character at the same time.
As I am writing this after listening to both audio books I would have to say Charlie David.
Listen, no. I did want to read it all in one sitting.
The narrator turned the Kid and Anna into frigging Rick Moranis! Oh ick! I did see a lot of reviewers saying they really like this guy's narrating and I wouldn't discount him altogether, but I am hoping this Rick Moranis voice is not a common occurrence. I am so glad I read the book before listening to the audio. I liked the narrator of the second audio book MUCH better.
I would in a few years.
I've enjoyed a number of his books even though his male characters sound alike, lol. I thought for a hot second I was listening to Fish & Chips, lol.
The Kid of course! He was funny but almost "not real" or to grown up. I just can't imagine any kid saying the things he says or making the realizations. He seems to made Bear's character seem like a kid when it came to adult thinking. Bear was there to keep the bills paid, thats it, lol.
I'm still at a loss over the mother. I just knew she arranged for the ex-boyfriend to show up or maybe he was going to pay the mother some money to help him get Otter back but it seems she just showed up for a few hours and vanished. It was like she made an empty threat and didn't even show back up to sell wolf tickets. I thought i may have missed her second return. All in all though, I really enjoyed the book and would highly recommend it.
This almost doesn't qualify as a gay romance novel, in a very good way. Yes, there is some of that, but only enough to cement the relationship between Bear and Otter, and it's not nearly as graphic as some of the novels I've come across. The Kid is a great character, and he's supposed to be super smart with great intuition, but he sometimes seems far too intelligent for a 9 year old, almost to the point of unbelievability. But that's really the only big flaw in this story. You will find yourself rooting for Bear, Otter and the Kid. I didn't want it to end, and I hope there's more to come.
Eclectic reader but mostly read anything seafaring, Tolkien and American history, even Pride and Prejudice and romance stories.
There are two things I liked about this book: TJ Klune is a remarkable, wonderful and fantastic wordsmith and Sea Crisden making me laugh and cry and fall in love with Bear, Otter and the Kid! I'm a finnicky male/male romance reader-listener. Sex in a story is fine but it has to take the back seat to a character-driven plot and storyline and - SUCCESS - this story hits all the right mark. Seriously, Mr. Crisden has a remarkable voice; he could narrate a story about spark plugs and I'd be riveted. Please bring him back for more stories, be it non-fiction, regular fiction, or anything. This man's voice is what is golden.
I can't express how much I loved this book. I found it very easy to get into and it held my attention like few books I have read recently have. I did not find the repetition a few others have noted a detriment to the overall feel of the story. I would recommend this book to anyone, as long as they aren't squeamish about gay sex.
I wont go in to the plots too much mainly if it 3 - 5 stars you may want to try it.
The Kid such a smart little guy
sand crabs funny as hell you'll get it.
I cried, laugh, got angry, laughed, cried, cried, and laughed some more.
I've always hated how parents can just abandon their kids. you bring them into the world take care of them. Bear is a great guy a little screwed up but a good guy.
Yes - it is well written with a lot of humor and love and all the charaters are alive. The relationship between Bear and his brother is both humorous and heartbreaking.
I think maybe when bear tries to make a romantic dinner at the beach and uses Tys (the kid's) poem - toe-curling embarasing, funny and lovable at the same time.
He makes the people real - couldnt think of anyone doing a better job
Love, strength and earthquakes?
Absolutely worth a credit.
I saw this book around and thought I would hate it. I thought it would be dumb and one night I wanted a love story and this one kept popping up so I bought it and I am so glad I did. It is now one of my favorite books. I feel in love with the characters. I laughed, I cried, I even yelled at the characters from time to time.(I think a few of the people from work thought I was loosing my mind or having a bad phone conversation.) It was amazing and I had to get the second book. Now there is a third book and I have read it already but I am so excited for it become an audiobook so I can listen to it when I am driving or working or just sitting around doing nothing. I say get it and enjoy it just like I did. It is really worth it.