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Product Details

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613720874
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613720875
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,409,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When TJ Klune was eight, he picked up a pen and paper and began to write his first story (which turned out to be his own sweeping epic version of the video game Super Metroid--he didn't think the game ended very well and wanted to offer his own take on it. He never heard back from the video game company, much to his chagrin). Now, two decades later, the cast of characters in his head have only gotten louder, wondering why he has to go to work as a claims examiner for an insurance company during the day when he could just stay home and write.

He dreams about one day standing at Stonehenge, just so he can say he did.

TJ can be found on Facebook under TJ Klune.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Hill-Dom on February 12, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
First of all, I'm not sure what book the negative reviewers read, because it couldn't have been this one. This book while 'angsty' was hilarious to the extreme. I had trouble putting it down.
I must admit there were a couple of times that I wanted to throttle Bear for being an idiot, but I remembered that sometimes even gay men being real men fail to communicate, just like their straight brethern! I liked Otter, and the Kid is the kinda kid I'd have liked to have, if I'd have had a kid. Precocius doesn't start to describe him. Lets face it, this is a modern tale of discovery of ones truth (Bears), following ones heart (Otter), and learning to deal with abandonment issues (the Kid), while growing up (all of them).
I instantly knew we hadn't seen the last of the mom, and by the end wasn't all that surprised to see Jonah. I feel like maybe the mom and Jonah were working together, because with so few supporting characters who could it have been? I feel like ther needs to be e sequel just to tie up the lose ends and all.
Never heard of TJ Klune before this book, but will add his name to my 'Go To Authors' list, looks like he's added one more fan to the list.
Happy reading.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tom W on November 23, 2011
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"This is the way my world ends."

With this opening sentence, we meet Derrick (Bear, to those who know him), and discover that, one day short of his 18th birthday, three days shy of his high school graduation, and three months away from his leaving to start college, his mother has left. Left him alone and in charge of his five your old brother Tyson (Kid). With the help of his girlfriend Anna, his best friend Creed and Creed's brother Oliver (Otter), Bear picks himself up and gets on with the business of making sure the Kid is cared for and loved.

Over the course of the three or four years covered here, we see love. Love between two brothers, between friends, between a man and a woman, and between a man and another man. We see love end, love begin, and love transformed. We see love used as a weapon, love as an excuse, and love as a means of control.

We get the Kid's definition of love. "I think it's when you can't go on another day without the other person. That they make you feel like your stomach is on fire but in a good way."

We see it when a heart is broken and love ends. "You've broken my heart, but it was mine to give."

And we have our hearts broken when Bear tells the Kid their mom deserted them. "I heard the first gasping breath come out of his little body. 'Bear!' he cried into my ear. 'What's going to happen to me? I'm not big like you! What's going to happen to me?'" And Holy Hell, didn't I choke up at that...

What happens is...I almost don't have words for it...a glorious, imaginative, sprawling, touching, living heart of a book. TJ Klune has taken these characters and built a tale of family and love.
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89 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Francesca on September 20, 2011
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Based on all the fantastic reviews, I truly expected to love this book, but just couldn't. I did love the plot and the characters, and some of the writing and humor was wonderful. The problem is the book simply drags. The second-by-second descriptions wane and become old very, very quickly. What is a nice writing technique, if used judiciously and sparing, is unduly trying when used in abundance. The constant retelling of the same event, over and over, just dragged the book along. I nearly put it down many times, having reached a point of utter boreful and frustration over and over, but found I could make it to the end by skipping great quantities of pages and not miss a thing. The loose ends have already been commented on don't need to be repeated.

To be blatantly honest, this book is no where near the category of "best book I've ever read". There are certainly much more solidly written books in the genre.

I'd love to see something else from this author, but written in a different style.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By bill m on August 16, 2011
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This is a wonderful story written by a truly talented author. There's humor, love, betrayal by those who society says are our best resource and redemption by those who many in society say shouldn't be there at all and, finally, self discovery by the main character. Read this and you'll understand how family is often not defined by blood but by real affection and support offered by those we bring into our lives - indeed, sometimes blood is just toxic. TJ Klune is someone to watch and follow - if his future stories are anything like this one they're going to be "drive you crazy" good.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on January 4, 2013
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This book is like a series of scenes from a primetime teen drama. I'm not sure the kid isn't a figment of Bear's imagination, and the writing style is one of the most unique first person narratives I've seen in a while. Still it is almost two am, I have to work tomorrow and yet no only could I not put this book down I had to take the time to write the review. This book is hilarious, touching, melodramatic, just wonderful in ways I'm just too tired to describe. I love all the characters and the kid is a fantastic addition that really makes the book. Something about this book is absolutely engaging an I'm glad I ignored the poor reviews. It was on my to read list for a while and I'm glad I purchased it. The scenes are so powerful and detailed it's like watching a perfectly staged play. The beauty is in its disengagement from reality. Each moment pulled out emotion whether it was laughter, sympathy, frustration with bear, etc. I am going to get the sequel right now and this is absolutely recommended an likely reread.
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