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
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.
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!
The kid and his wisdom and humor.
When the kid actually becomes a kid when 2 of the characters are in the hospital. Also when Bear yells at God by the ocean.
This a well-done follow-up to the original book, Bear, Otter and the Kid. It features the same characters, at a slightly later time in their life.
I appreciated that the main character, whose POV drives the narration, had grown up a little . While he remains a bit self-centered and whiney (i.e. in character, so not necessarily a flaw in itself), it is a relief to see some personal growth.
I have to admit the second half of the book sees drama laid in a bit thick, but overall it is an enjoyable journey.
Charlie David's performance is fine.
Did not read print.
Humor and emotional depth of characters,
Sounded too effeminate.
I love Otter. He sounds so sexy!!!!
This book was very well written. I never got bored and was always eager to pick it back up when I had to stop listening. I have listened to it three times. When I need to relax or distract myself from the stresses of life, I just listen to the story and escape into a world full of humor, love, and romance.
This was a much awaited sequel to the great Bear, Otter and the Kid. I'll admit at first I did not like that Sean Crisden wasn't the narrator. But Charlie David does a fantastic job. I just love everything about this book. I will be listening too it many times.
This is one of my favorite books, and Charlie David really brought it to life. He did such a fabulous job of narrating Bear and his somewhat insane thought process. The narration definitely added to my enjoyment.
The dinner party scene made me laugh out loud. The hospital scenes made me cry.
The dinner party, absolutely hysterical.
It made me do both.
I've bought and read quite a few audible books in the last few months, and this one was among the best I've listened to. I can honestly say that the narrator made it even better. Job well done.
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The candid honesty and humor of the characters. From the eccentric Ms. Paequin to the Kid's eco terrorist idioms to Bears flare for the dramatic thoughts. The book was Authentic and by faaaarrrrrr the best I have read to date!.
I can not even compare this to Book One. WWA has far exceeded my expectations and surpassed my appreciation for BOATK. This book has a individuality that is personified in each character. Definitely one of a kind!
No I don't think I have. But Charlie's interpretation of the characters and the situations they were placed in, I felt were spot on! He was awesome. But I also thought Sean Crisden did a fair job with Book 1.
Who We Are is just perfect.
Ofcourse, I feel I can't say enough about this book but I have to get back to work. Maybe later.
"Love the story and characters..."
Whilst I fell madly in love with the characters in the first book and they continue in the same way in this book I just wish that Sean Crisden had read it! Don't get me wrong, I love Charlie David (in all sorts of ways!) but when you've grown to know a set of characters by the voices it's a bit of a shock when they don't sound the same. TJ was supposed to have finished book 3 this past Wednesday (according to his Facebook page). Please, please, please get Sean to record it!
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