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Posted April 8, 2012
Great book another emotional read from Mr. Klune. Can not wait
Great book another emotional read from Mr. Klune. Can not wait for the sequel in a few weeks!
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Posted February 23, 2013
4.5 Stars ~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book
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~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
Touching and poignant! You can’t fake that type of emotion and Klune manipulates emotion to his whim, taking the reader on a journey that many won’t ever forget. ~ Under the Covers
Don’t look at the title! Or the cover! Ignore those because I know that it may not shout “Read me!” but I can assure you, the title makes complete sense and you’re not really reading about a bear and an otter with a human kid.
Bear (whose real name is Derrick) and Otter (Oliver) have become one of my favorite couples. Their story is one that made me laugh and cry. I definitely don’t suggest reading this book in mixed company because you will laugh hysterically and cry manically like a deranged person with bipolar.
When Bear turned eighteen, his mother left them and instead of a new car, he got sole possession of his younger brother whom they call, the Kid. Abandoned and burdened with a heavy task that no young adult should ever experience, Bear essentially grows up in a day. His best friend, Creed and his older brother, Otter have been helping them in any way that they can but, Bear feels ashamed to lean on them so much.
Despite the hard times, Bear and the Kid get along great and there are moments in this book that will completely melt your heart. That being said, there are also moments when it will crush your heart:
I reach into my pocket for my wallet and pull it out. Inside is a piece of paper I’ve carried for a year and a half. It’s yellowing with age and has ripped in a couple of places from how many times I have opened and read it. I hurl it at him. It bounces off his chin and into his lap. “Read it.”
He doesn’t move.
“Read it!” I shout.
He opens it and I see his face go white. “You….you kept this?” he whispers. “Bear, I –“
That’s it, I can’t take it anymore. I fumble about for the door handle, blinded by tears for Christ’s sake, and throw open the door. I am furious. Furious at myself for crying in front of him, furious at Otter for tricking me like he did, furious at myself for thinking of him like that.
Otter swore he’d never leave them, but immediately following something that shouldn’t have happened, he left them high and dry without a warning or explanation. Returning years later, the harbored anger and betrayal that Bear feels returns in full force and readers are caught within the storm as they try to hash it out.
I cried so many times while reading this book, the quote above being the first time. I think the last time I cried this much was reading Kenyon’s ACHERON, and I see some similarities between the two books. Readers sympathize with the main character on a level that goes beyond the pages. The pain doesn’t seem to stop and the self-deprecation just eats and eats at the protagonist.
The secondary characters are smart and funny and have the ability to tug on your heart stings as well. The Kid in particular has such depth to him. Klune has really been able to strike the perfect balance to creating a romance and a sense of family.
There have been some claims to plagiarism and since I haven’t watched the movie in which it was supposedly copied from, I will refrain from stating opinions. But I do think that this story was touching and poignant. You can’t fake that type of emotion and Klune manipulates emotion to his whim, taking the reader on a journey that many won’t ever forget. So, I’ll sign off by quoting the Kid, whose words definitely summed up this book for me.
“… The story was STRONG…And like Mad Cow Disease it will stay with me, for a time that is long.”
Posted February 15, 2013
I am a fan of TJ Klune after reading his other novel titled "Burn." If there is something I have learned, Mr. Klune does well with tugging those heart strings until you become teary eyed. And that's what this book does good at. I won't go into the plot, since you can read about that in the book's description. Instead, I will focus more on the mechanics.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
BOATK is told from the perspective of main character, Derrick (AKA: Bear). The story is NOT linear. This is something I have seen in Mr. Klune's Burn: that he doesn't write stories from point A to point B. He tells a little, then goes back to fill in the blanks. Then after all that, the story resumes to pick up where it left off. And between these bouts of flashbacks, there is some linear storytelling. You don't really enter the flashbacks until towards the middle of the novel.
Basically, if you are one that HATES flashbacks, then this would be a struggle for you. As for characters, Mr. Klune does a GREAT job creating characters you can't help, but fall in love with. You end up loving the characters you are supposed to love, and the hate the ones that are meant to be hated. No one is one-dimensional and boring. However, if I had to choose my least favorite character, I would (oddly enough) choose Bear.
If there was one reason why I did not give this a 5/5 stars, it would be due to pacing. I really enjoy long books as opposed to short ones. However, I felt that this book (at ~350 pages) could have done with slightly fewer pages. There seemed to be a LOT of self-conversations (and why not, since the story is told from Bear's perspective?), but it got tiring. I think Bear's circular thoughts and self-conversations was what made me dislike his character most. However, that didn't make me dislike the novel (it just made me not like it AS much). And one minor complaint is the spelling/grammar mistakes, especially towards the end of the novel. Nothing huge, but they were there and enough times to notice.
Overall, I would highly recommend this book!
Posted September 14, 2013
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