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Bear, Otter, and the Kid (Bear, Otter, and the Kid, #1) by T.J. Klune

December 30, 2013


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.

My Review:

I have no idea how to review this…honestly I don’t. This book hurt me, it was like going to the doctor’s office and having the nurse point to the pain scale and and which one describes your level of discomfort. In the case for this book, it would be my level of emotional heartbreak.


Well, nurse. For the first part of the book it was between a 0 and a 2. But then Otter came back and it went to a 4 and then a 5 really quick and a few times in there it shot up to a 6 and my poor heart really hurt. Then it bounces between a 5 and 6 for the most of the story with an occasional toss back to a 0 and a 1 and maybe a 2 or 3 until you hit around the 68% mark and it was a steady 6 until the end when I just passed out.

Really, Sara? You might ask. Really, people. This book was amazing. All the pain and heartache was worth it but it put my heart through the ringer so many times. I felt the struggle within Bear but I just wanted him to be happy. I loved everyone in the book but oh…Otter stole my heart. I have special place for The Kid and would totally cook lasagna for him anytime he wanted me to. Some of the things that come out of his mouth are so grown up but being the youngest child of 11 myself, I was always told I spoke older than my age. I think it’s what happens when you grow up around more adults than children.

I am at such at a loss for words at how to describe this book. I just want everyone to read it. To read the beautiful words that T.J. Klune gives us; the humor, the struggle and the heartbreak are works of art. Not simply words tossed on a page, it’s gorgeous story telling. This story was beautiful from start to finish. Even the awful letter in the beginning was worth it. I have the second book ready to go, I just have to find the courage to read it.

Side Note: I am a newbie to the world of m/m romance and was not around when there was controversy about this book and the film Shelter. So, me being me, the girl with the OCD, I found Shelter and watched it after I finished this. I have read reviews where folks do a side by side comparison of both and they are so blind. IF this book took from the movie even 0.8%, then bless Mr. Klune for creating a better story. Not to say Shelter wasn’t good, but I felt nothing for the characters in the film. Nothing they did made sense. Maybe that is why I prefer books to movies, I don’t know. I just know that Bear, Otter, and the Kid is one hell of a good book and nothing should be taken away from that fact. All works of art start somewhere, it’s what is done with it that matters, and this book matters.

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**Pain scale borrowed from Allie Brosh and Hyperbole and a Half**

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