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Who We Are | [TJ Klune]

Who We Are

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Boys like Boys New York 10-26-13
    Boys like Boys New York 10-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "If you loved the first, you will love the second"
    If you could sum up Who We Are in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, Funny, Heart-Warming


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character's, Bear, witty insight and inner dialogue.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wind Dancer Maine, USA 07-21-14
    Wind Dancer Maine, USA 07-21-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I laughed and I cried and I laughed again"

    I love this book! I found it so funny and touching. Bear's mind is a very strange place, and we get long monologues that are roll-on-the-floor funny. The narration is well done, the cadence and speed perfect for the long rambles. I did find it egregious, however, that he pronounced "egregious" wrong every time it appeared. It was jarring, and that's why I gave the narration 4 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Orlando Murrieta, CA, United States 05-12-14
    Orlando Murrieta, CA, United States 05-12-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great, but just not as good as Bear, Otter and the"

    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.

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    Ric New Orleans, La. 05-09-14
    Ric New Orleans, La. 05-09-14 Member Since 2013

    R. Allen Freeman

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    "I love the boys in this book."
    Where does Who We Are rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love how Bear, Otter and Tyson make a beautiful family the love between these guys is so endearing any little boy would be very lucky to have parents like Bear and Otter. The enter play between the characters is fun and there's many times I was laughing and crying a very sweet story of love and acceptance.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Tyson got scared when he thought Bear was changing there fight was intense and at the end of that scene I was shocked and surprised when Tyson's friend told Bear he was sexy and hot in what he was wearing that was such a cool scene.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Two men and a genius.


    Any additional comments?

    To gay men I can't recommend this book enough it is so much fun I never was bored I even rewound scenes from time to time because I just had to hear it again if you like gay love stories as much as I do then this book is for you. Bear's love for Otter is so strong and so beautiful and Otter's love for Bear is so complete so total it's hard to imagine any person loving another person with this much intensity, I LOVE THIS BOOK! I will read and listen to it many times. This in my opinion is how a gay love story should be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Because Two Men Are Better Than One! Australia 02-07-14

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    "Absolutely adored both the story and the narration"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    T. Henry The Woodlands, TX 02-06-14
    T. Henry The Woodlands, TX 02-06-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Another winner with BOAK"
    What did you love best about Who We Are?

    The Kid!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The kid and his wisdom and humor.


    What does Charlie David bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great voices


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    pierre-luc Arnprior, ON, Canada 01-26-14
    pierre-luc Arnprior, ON, Canada 01-26-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Will please those who liked the series' first book"

    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.

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    Tish Wichita, KS, United States 01-06-14
    Tish Wichita, KS, United States 01-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Who We Are to be better than the print version?

    Did not read print.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Humor and emotional depth of characters,


    What aspect of Charlie David’s performance would you have changed?

    Sounded too effeminate.


    Who was the most memorable character of Who We Are and why?

    I love Otter. He sounds so sexy!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Riva Chicago, IL, United States 11-22-13
    Riva Chicago, IL, United States 11-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jkfan9989 Hubbard, OH United States 11-14-13
    jkfan9989 Hubbard, OH United States 11-14-13

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    "Great story, fantastic narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Who We Are to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Who We Are?

    The dinner party scene made me laugh out loud. The hospital scenes made me cry.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The dinner party, absolutely hysterical.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me do both.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jason
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    "An amazing sequel"
    If you could sum up Who We Are in three words, what would they be?

    Breathtaking, heart-wrenching, inspiring.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Who We Are?

    Spoilers...
    No seriously that would ruin it. As with the first book, the lows make the highs so much more meaningful.


    What does Charlie David bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    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.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh, cry, and it made me want to be a better person in my own relationship.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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