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.
©2013 TJ Klune (P)2013 TJ Klune
Yes, but really not a fan of the narrator. One of my favorite series. Love the balance between angst and humor. Especially the seagull chapter.
Otter. I love his protectiveness, his complete happiness with his relationship.
Made a 9 year old boy sound like a flaming queen. Just ick.
Mostly. But I definitely going to reconsider buying a series where the narrators have changed.
Interesting, Funny, Heart-Warming
The main character's, Bear, witty insight and inner dialogue.
There are a lot of things that happened in this book and so I would insist that if you read, Bear Otter and the Kid, you definitely need to read this one.
A good continuation of lives of Bear, Otter and the Kid. The author does an admirable job of squeezing another instalment from a storyline that wrapped up pretty nicely in the first book.
Not as good as the first book, but a really great end to a cute little love story.
I read Bear, Otter, and the Kid in 2012 and absolutely loved the beautiful story of family and love. I'm not sure why it took so long for me to get to Who We Are but when I was looking for a new audio book to listen to, it seemed a great time to continue the story.
This is a story of Bear and Otter, wrapped in each other's love, facing the next steps in their future.
"....I came back for you, and I promised myself that I was never going to let you go again." He sighs. "All I want is to grow old with you and know that one day, it'll just be you and me, that we'll be able to look back and be proud of what we've done with our lives. I want to know that you belong to me and I belong to you. I love you with everything I have and I can promise you what I'll never ever stop. I couldn't, even if I wanted to. It won't be perfect, Bear, nothing ever really is. There will be days when we are angry with each other, and days where it seems the world is a fucking messed up place, but it won't matter. Because I'll have you and the Kid and you'll both have me....."
The blurb provides a really good indication of the journey this book takes - it's full of love and family, happiness and sadness, heartache and jealously, death and new life - hilarious one minute to warm and sweet the next to shedding tears - definitely an emotional journey!
As far as being a tearjerker, there was a section of this book that had tears streaming down my face as some of the book seemed so relevant to recent events in the author's life. Those of you who know or follow T J Klune will know exactly what I am referring to...
The audio book is narrated by Charlie David and I loved the way he voiced this book. It is obvious that the narration is by an actor. Charlie David really captures the emotion in the moment, not just reading the words from the pages. His pace is quite fast which I really, really like. It is not a slow, dragged out kind of reading, rather a vibrant and engaging telling of the story. I think he perfectly captures the characters and is wonderfully suited to the craziness of thoughts in Bear's head! The sex scenes are fabulous with the voice capturing passion and love. He could be soft and loving, funny and sarcastic, quite, thoughtful.......If you haven't checked out any audio books narrated by Charlie David, do give them a try!
And speaking of other books, there is good news! As we speak TJ Klune is working on the third book in the series. There is no release date as of yet but if the epilogue of this book is any indication, pretty soon we will be hearing more of the Kid!
Narrator! Where is Sean Crisden?!!!! He was awesome with the first book. In this book, Ty as a "9 1/4" year old suddenly sounds Gay, where previously he did not, has a potty mouth and in the few months between BOATK has gotten way out of hand for his age. In BOATK he was sweet, precocious and extremely smart and he tore at my heart strings. In this book he is just a little too advanced too quickly. Also Bear was really ridiculous, he started out as a shy diminutive steady, loving totally unselfish guy and turned into a potty mouth, acting more affected and down right girlish sometimes in this book - more so than Otter (who has been gay for a while). I liked the first book because I appreciate the normalcy (to me) of Bear, Otter and the Kid, despite their tribulations. I think most reactions and choices were within the realm of possibility and they were just really good loving people. While they remain good and overall loving, so many choices and actions (and speaking style and content) were over the top and somewhat flamboyant, hard to believe for our shy Bear really, regardless of drinking - and in some cases not drinking .
I am comparing this to Bear, Otter and the Kid (which was excellent and very well narrated!). I have heard Charlie David before - but he wasn't suited for this one.
I didn't like it, it was way out there for most of these returning characters except for Bear and Otter. The Narrator matters, the narrator is huge!
If it were written with a little restraint, more like the first one. This plot and the characters are all over the place. I realize there are growing pains to be had, both for a 9 year old and a "newly discovered" gay Bear, but this was extreme
Mrs. Paquin was ruined for me as well in this book, I understand eccentricity but this was off the charts. I did buy the Art of Breathing (third installment) because it is again narrated by Sean Crisden who made Bear, Otter and the Kid so precious to me - and TJ Klune's excellent writing in that installment. (I'm hoping the third time's the charm!)
I definitely would if they were looking for a book in this genre. It is an amazing sequel to Bear, Otter, and the Kid, it is hilarious, and it is sweet.
I loved all of the comedic dialog and character relationships.
There were parts of the story that were so ridiculously unrealistic, that it made very serious moments funny.
I think I prefer the first book, but it was simply for narrative reasons. TJ Klune is a fantastic writer. However, I'm not a fan of Charlie David's narration. Pretentious pronunciation and a rather annoyingly terriblly awful and unnatural British accent for a character who wasn't previously British.
There's really nothing to compare it to, besides its predecessor. The main character's narration is wonderfully verbal and neurotic. Its so deliciously funny!
The previous narrator for Bear, Otter and The Kid. He did a fantastic job.
It's very long, which makes it rather impossible. But, if I could, I would have eaten it up in one sitting.
"Tell Me It's Real" was my introduction into TJ Klune's world, and I couldn't get enough. His characters, his worlds always seem real enough to touch of you only try. This novel definitely expands on Bear, Otter, and the Kid's world, and I like that Bear was finally told and shown that he was attractive, which didn't come through at all in the first book. What I also like in this series is that both Bear and Otter fight for each other time and time again, that their relationship is a work in progress even though you can see, and believe, how much they love and adore each other.
It's almost always a shame when narrators change in the middle of a series, but I loved Charlie David's narration in "Perfect Imperfections," so I wasn't too broken up. I only have one complaint in this book that I didn't in his other: Everyone knows what it's like for small things to interrupt a story, especially when you have to stop and figure out who started the conversation to be able to follow who said what in the lines to follow. That once voice conversation is what happened on a few occasions here because do many of the characters' voices were damn near identical. Other than that Charlie David's ability is, hands down, a flawless performance; I think I listened to Bear's drunken dinner confession at least twenty times.
Eclectic reader but mostly read anything seafaring, Tolkien and American history, even Pride and Prejudice and romance stories.
Don't read this in public, like an airplane, train, packed bus or anywhere near people you don't know. Never, ever! Even if you're macho or can hide your feelings, if you have an ounce of humanity, you'll end up like me when you read this book. I guffawed, chuckled, smiled; bawled, cried, whimpered; cursed, saddened; grieved. Most of this book was pure laugh-out-loud fun but if you read the first book, "Bear, Otter, & the Kid," you'll know and love these fictional characters and this story as if it was real and you care about them. I had my doubts about the narrator, Charlie David, but after the story picks up you could hear the laughter in his voice and when his voice cracks you know, you understand, that he wants to cry right along with you. Bravo, TJ Klune and good job Charlie David!
"One of my favourite series of all....."
It's the story itself, the laughter, the tears, Bear's weird logic and the way he listens to the voice in his head...and then silence as everyone else around him waits for him to process (sometimes) what comes out of his mouth. Otter's steadfastness, Anna and Creed's friendship. Tyson and his tentative relationship with Dominic, starting off as friendship when neither of them have many friends. This story makes me really laugh out loud but I also carry a handkerchief, ready to catch the tears streaming down my face in the emotional parts...of which there are many.
I'll just say one word...seagull. Anyone who's read the series will know what I'm talking about, and will probably crack up with laughter.
I normally love Charlie David narrating (Hot Head is a prime example, sooo sensual. He made Griff and Dante come alive) but I HATED the way he portrayed Mrs Paquin in this audio rendition...as a high pitched English voice. Just didn't connect with it I'm afraid.
Impossible to listen to it in one sitting. A) it's too long and B) too important, you must do it justice and listen to it closely HOWEVER long it takes.
Loved listening to it - made me laugh, cry and smile. Great story well written and performed.
"An amazing sequel"
Breathtaking, heart-wrenching, inspiring.
No seriously that would ruin it. As with the first book, the lows make the highs so much more meaningful.
Whilst I would love to read the books too, having this as an audio book really makes you feel like you've gotten to know and engage with Bear as he tells his story. It feels like he's actually telling it to you in person, that you're really there.
It made me laugh, cry, and it made me want to be a better person in my own relationship.
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