Bear, Otter, and the Kid

Bear, Otter, and the Kid

by TJ Klune


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Three years ago, Bear McKenna's mother took off for parts unknown with her new boyfriend, leaving Bear to raise his six-year-old brother Tyson, aka the Kid. Somehow they've muddled through, but since he's totally devoted to the Kid, Bear isn't actually doing much living-with a few exceptions, he's retreated from the world, and he's mostly okay with that. Until Otter comes home.

Otter is Bear's best friend's older brother, and as they've done for their whole lives, Bear and Otter crash and collide in ways neither expect. This time, though, there's nowhere to run from the depth of emotion between them. Bear still believes his place is as the Kid's guardian, but he can't help thinking there could be something more for him in the world... something or someone.

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ISBN-13: 9781613720875
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press, LLC
Publication date: 08/02/2011
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 832,371
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

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Bear, Otter, and the Kid 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
"I don't know if it's a blessing or a curse that Mom chose to leave me with the .smartest kid on the planet". Oh my god! No author should write such an emotional tear-jerking story like this one. Tissue! I need some tissues because this story has such a disturbing heartbreaking tale that I don't think I will ever be the same after reading it. As a mother of two this story left me with so much rage at any mom who could just walk out on their children. It was so very hard watching a young man still a kid himself fight to keep what was his, safe. Derrick McKenna, (Bear) was seventeen when his mom left him to raise his younger brother Ty (Tyson) on his own. Even though he has to give up his plans of college he is determined to do whatever it takes for the kid and him to stay together. The story is written in first person and sounds a lot like a diary in many ways. It is a heartbreaking tale of brothers, friends, and lovers who fight for each other and stick together to see that Ty has a normal life. There are so many characters in the story that left an impression on me and won my heart. Ty (the kid) is way too smart for his age but he still needs to know that the people he loves will not walk out on him. Creed has been Bear's best friend since first grade and blood brother since they were twelve. Anna has been Bear's girlfriend on and off since they were ten and his first everything. Oliver (Otter) is Creed's older brother one of the people Bear and Ty depended on, but when he packs up and leaves, life changes for them both and trust is lost. Mrs. Paquinn is the old lady who lives next door and babysits the kid. Each and every one of them plays an important role in the plot of the story and makes it one of the best of the best books I have ever read. This story is not all sadness and tears; there are places where I found myself smiling and laughing. Times were my heart swelled with joy at knowing that Bear and Ty had so many people willing to stand by them through thick and thin when the stress of life got to be more than they could take. This is not just a sweet love story of Bear and Otter; it is a tale of family blood or not, people loving and being there for each other, of those in life that are worth fighting for, the ones that keep you strong. A must read for any lover of books. Originally posted at Whipped Cream Reviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book another emotional read from Mr. Klune. Can not wait for the sequel in a few weeks!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful novel. I literally laughed and cried. There are poignant parts, comedic parts, dramatic parts, understated sex, and lots of romance. The protaganist is cute and honorable, but has not got a clue. He has a 9 year old brother who is preococious and totally lovable. And then there is the knight in shining armor. All of the elements that are needed for a good read.
aggiepm More than 1 year ago
I am a sucker for a good love story and this book delivers. Be warned it is written in the first person which some people do not like, but it works for this book. You will become invested in the lives of Bear, Otter, and The Kid. You will for sure have some misty eyed moments with this book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Can't wait to read the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am now a HUGE TJ Klune fan! Wow, I loved this story. It was EPIC. Angst, drama, laugh-out-loud humor and love between partners, friends and family. It had my emotions all over the place and kept me enthralled from beginning to end. There are 3 books in the actual series so far, although the author leaves it open for a 4th. However, there is a book "Tell Me It's Real" that happens between Books 2 (Who We Are) & 3 (The Art of Breathing) that is well worth reading too. The characters are mentioned in Book 3 but done so well you do not have to read "Tell Me" if you don't want to. "Tell Me" does not have near the drama and angst but it has the love and humor and entertaining story. I suggest reading it first or using it for an emotional reprieve between 2 & 3. I can't wait for the 4th book in the series. These are all definitely on my to-be-read again list and I'm going to go buy all of TJ Klune's other books.
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Such a great book. I could not put it down the first time I read it.
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Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars ~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.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. 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!
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Candace724 More than 1 year ago
One of the best stories I have ever read! I want more, more, that little eco-terrorist in training!
FictionFan2 More than 1 year ago
Once I started this novel, I had a difficult time putting it down. TJ Klune's skill and creativity are highlighted in the develpment of truly engaging characters and a storyline that is completely compelling. I laughed and cried many times while reading this book. Using a phrase borrowed from this novel, "It is strong".