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
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.
"Why oh WHY do they change narrators in a series?"
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.
"If you loved the first, you will love the second"
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.
"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!
"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.
"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.
"Good story, narrator needs a dictionary"
Yes. Please re-record with Michael Lesley as the narrator. This narrator had issues. He did an AMAZING job (IMO) on TJ's other books like "The Lightning-Struck Heart" and "Tell Me It's Real."
The narrator mispronounced or completely misread a number of "big" words the kid and others used. It drove me nuts as I shouted out loud the correct pronunciation or the correct word. "Egregious." "Stead" is not pronounced like a horse ("steed"). Etc.
Yes, I would actually love to see the whole series of 3 books (1 more promised) be made into a short streaming series on Netflix or Amazon. Seriously. Casting would be key though, and the internal monologues might be tough to pull off if not handled correctly.
"Amazing sequel - new narrator - still awesome!"
This is not a standalone. LOL. It’s book two of 4? – for now 3.
We met everyone in book one and Bear and Otter had just gotten together and told Creed and Anna. Now it’s time to tell the parents. (I gotta tell you that scene made me laugh out loud so often my husband had to Shush me!)
There’s more angst regarding the Kid and his mother. We also meet Dominic (who is one of my favorite characters in this series!)
Anna and Creed have some important news and we are faced we a HUGE crisis near the end of the book – HUGE.
I liked this story a lot more than I liked book one because it felt more grounded, to me was funnier, it had a more emotional and physical connection between Otter and Bear and seemed to address what felt like actual issues than just the stuff in Bear’s head. (Also it’s shorter and felt more tightly edited – but that could be in my head.)
That being said, I really liked book one, too! And I think I liked Sean Crisden’s narration a lot better than Charlie David’s. It’s not that Charlie does a bad job, he’s an amazing voice actor/actor/narrator but to me Otter needed the deeper voice and Bear’s should have been less growly. Also I wanted something a lot different for Dominic than we got. I thought his Mrs. Paquin was hysterical though and the family dinner scene with “dranken” Bear was SPOT ON!
So… it’s not that he didn’t do a good job, it’s just that I liked Sean’s a bit better.
In any case, if you’re a fan of audiobooks you’ll still want to listen to this because it’s great and funny and sweet and tear-jerking and wonderful! Also, the book is good too if you don’t like audiobooks.
Awwww, I just loved this book! Bear is so freaking funny. I got many a look when I was laughing out loud. But this book was not all fun and I shed some tears as well. This was a sweet and sappy book and I am so happy that I can jump right to Tyson's book.
I normally love Charlie David's narration (see Perfect Imperfections and Hot Head), but I did not LOVE his narration of this one. He did not differentiate the voices enough for me and I was confused at times of who was actually speaking. That being said I feel like all TJ Klune books can be better appreciated in audiobook form. I'm looking forward to Sean Crisden's narration of The Art of Breathing.
How do you improve what is already a brilliant book? Have Charlie David narrate it & bring these characters fully to life. Perfection.
Absolutely love this story line, the first book was great this was awesome and I can't wait to read the next one!!!!! Great job TJ
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