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Bear, Otter and the Kid (Bear, Otter and the Kid Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B07ZXB97WY
- Publication date : November 1, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 637 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 325 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1734086211
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #49,574 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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A major plot development occurs near the midpoint. And for me anyway, the book began to lose it's luster. Klune could have really used a good editor to pare down some of Bear's self-inflicted woes. In lengthy inner monologues, he repeats himself: not just one time, but again and again. Finally, I began skipping over paragraphs at a time, because I wanted to know what would happen next, not a rehash of things I already knew. That's just not something I do with a well-written book. I sometimes enjoy wordy authors, but only when they are telling me something new with those words.
Anyway, I thought that character development was very good. This book has become a series, and I plan to read the second book. Maybe it will be written from a different character's perspective, one who can more easily make up his mind. Otter? The Kid?
I don't give Bear, Otter, and the Kid a thumbs down, but I can't really recommend it either. I'm sorry I can't!
This is a book I've been meaning to read for a LONG time.
Bear, Otter and the Kid is the story of Derrick (Bear), a 21 year old man who is raising his younger brother on his own. Their mom left when he was 17, and it's been just him, his brother and his best friend for a long time. When Bear's best friends brother Otter comes home after a long time away, and Bear must face feelings he never expected.
This is a book I've been meaning to read forever. I just couldn't get past the horrible cover (superficial and shallow of me, I know). But I honestly think this book would sell more with a better cover. GFY romance is my favorite kind, mostly because of ANGST and we all know I love my angst.
I really enjoyed this story, Ty the little brother cracked me up. I know I would end up with a kid like him, but mine would probably be more of a bad kid. Otter was pure awesome, that man was a saint. My heart felt so much for that man. He and Bear just seemed perfect together, despite how frustrating Bear could be.
One thing I have to get off my chest, the excessive use of the word "R******d" (word removed for amazon, but means special needs). I stopped counting after 6-7 mentions. For a book that preached not using the word "f**" (word removed for amazon, bad word meaning homosexual) because it was hurtful, it really shouldn't be using the other word so much. Maybe it's just me, but that really makes me mad...
Anyways, I can't wait to read the other books in this series and have more of the kid, Otter and Bear in my life.
“I’ll never understand why people just won’t let others be who they are. It’s not like it’s affecting them in any way.”
There are a lot of tear filled pages in this book but a lot of hilarious pant peeing moments to make up for the sadness. There were also quite a few unbelievable moments that frankly started to wear on my nerves as annoying when a 9 year old boy talks and thinks more like an adult than the adults in the book which kept this otherwise touching story from being a 5 star book.
This book is a little bit of a punch to the gut, but in the best possible way. It is emotional and heartbreaking. You scream at the characters (Yes, you Bear), and cry and laugh and feel giddy and ride through the rollercoaster that is this story. The Kid is by far the best character. He is hilariously honest and endearing and grownup for a nine year old, but then he has moments of young vulnerability and sadness that make you break apart. The connection between Bear and his brother, the Kid is incredible. Every sweet moment between the two of them was perfect in this super angsty book.
Then we have Otter. Otter is pretty much a saint when it comes to dealing with Bear. Don't get me wrong, I love Bear, but he is also frustrating af. I understand his character and why he does the things he does, but I also screamed at him a few times because I wanted him to just take down his walls with Otter. Otter complemented this story well and was a good force in Bear and the Kids life.
And I cannot end this review without commenting on the writing. For me, Tj Klune writing is the epitome of how a story can be written to make you FEEL. I do not know how to explain it other than, the way he writes and composes a story makes me feel like I am staring into his characters souls and that his characters are a part of me. So basically, it makes the emotions the book invokes that much powerful but also it makes you love the story, no matter how sad, that much more.
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This book is about real relationships, bonds between chosen family. It shows that family is not blood, it’s who you chose to be in your life and these characters fight and bleed for those they call their own. It was so refreshing not getting caught up in flashy explosions and monsters and to just delve into this amazing world that stays with you long after you finish it. I can’t recommend this more.
But WOW, I'm so glad I picked this up. I read the entire first half in one sitting and I only stopped as it was really early hours of the morning and I had to get up for work. At this point I got a bit of a bad feeling that maybe the second half was going to lose me...and although it wasn’t quite as brilliant as I had found the first half, it was still a very satisfying unfolding of the story…
The details say its 350 pages long but I got the feeling it was way longer than that, as it seems like I was reading forever…? I don’t know what the actual length of the book is as I saw a couple of people mention a lot more pages in their reviews.
Some things I liked straight off:
- This sucked me in as soon as I picked it up and was full of well developed relationships, emotions and humour
- It was friends-to-lovers and GFY - so this already gets stars for combining both of my fave tropes in one!
- The slightly unusual narrative in 1st person POV adds something to this - I’m not that keen on 1st person these days unless the narrator’s “voice” is particularly engaging...luckily for me, in this case I found that it was. It was great seeing everything from Bear’s POV, he was a great lead character, telling the story with humour and emotion - he tells the whole thing like he’s talking directly to you and then you hear his thoughts as they came to him, even talking to himself at times. There are times when it gets almost “stream of consciousness” with Bear’s thoughts, and we jump around a lot with timelines in the early parts especially, but I personally enjoyed it - it made it a bit different to the norm. I have no real problem with 1st person and time jumps when done well, but if you hate these things at the best of times, then maybe give the sample a go first, as this will give you a good idea of what the writing style is like.
- It was a wonderful slow-building relationship between Bear and Otter - you really felt their back-story of being such close-knit friends first and then developing over time into something more - and Bear made a pretty realistically-paced transition to thinking of Otter as a love interest rather than close friend...but really the two are intertwined as he clearly loved him deeply, even as a friend. - Bear’s slow realisation and coming to terms with the fact that he loves/desires another man is done pretty well - it’s not just absolute denial, as its there at the fringes of his thoughts throughout the build-up and we get to see his thought process when he is coming to terms with who he is
- It felt like there was this amazing bond between the childhood friends - Bear, Creed, Anna and Otter - and between them and Ty also. There was this kind of deep lasting friendship that you could just FEEL. So I enjoyed the setting out and development of these entangled friendships, as well as the more romantic relationship aspects - they felt real.
Some things I didn’t like:
- I gotta say that the title and the cover really put me off, but I think the main thing for me was that a “kid” was an integral part of the story...I have only read a small handful of books where children are written well, so this was a possible problem going in for me
- The names of Bear and Otter also got on my nerves slightly - I’m not keen on animal names/nicknames...but I got past it!
- There were a few areas that I thought were a bit repetitive - some of the scenes kind of got repeated numerous times and I didn’t really think they added anything - such as the bit about their mother leaving and the letter I think gets rehashed in various ways about 3-4 times and the metaphor of the earthquakes and the storm/sea, while good at times, got a little bit overdone in the second half
- You do have to suspend reality slightly with some areas of this...but I kind of ignored those bits and went with it
- Sometimes Ty (the Kid) did seem a bit oddly old for his age - this seemed to work quite well in the earlier parts of the book as it was done in that great way that kids have of saying/asking things so innocently and they really cut to the point... but it got a bit weird in the second half as he seemed to be saying a load of stuff that was definitely way more like a teenager - as a couple of reviewers mentioned, I actually enjoyed Ty’s character most when he was being a normal vulnerable little kid, like when they told him about his mum leaving and when he runs says he needed to get help as he’s only a little guy and can’t look after Bear on his own. But in the second half of the book there were just too many discussions that sounded more like they were with a teenager and it kind of creeped me out when they talked about sex and then I cringed when he gave out love advice like a mini-couples counsellor or something!
- Although I liked Creed and Anna’s characters ok, I couldn’t help but feel they weren’t that well fleshed out. Their characters never had that much in the way of decent dialogue and Anna cried a lot...towards the middle of the book we didn’t see that much of them at all apart from a few key parts where they served to take the story in certain directions
- Predictable - it really was very predictable, I think I could have guessed at pretty much all major events and how the story would unfold, so there were no great surprises...but thinking on it, I kind of didn’t mind too much, as it was all told in an engaging enough way to keep my interest
- There was a lot of over the top drama and angst (some of it self-inflicted) in the last 20% or so, which was a bit annoying - don’t get me wrong, I like a bit of angst but it almost turned into an Amy Lane-esque angst-fest for a bit...but most of it just seemed like a contrived plot device and it felt a bit like cartoon villains, a big misunderstanding and one of our heroes trying to convince the other he doesn’t love him for the good of other people...but you do see all this coming a mile away anyway so its not that big a deal - and the angst doesn’t really last too long
- Finally, related to said angst above, there is a quite obvious loose thread thats not wrapped up by the end. There is also what could be a cute epilogue but I felt it wasn’t long enough… I notice there are more to the series though so perhaps these issues are covered in the next books?
It was pretty predictable in parts, some was a bit unbelievable and there were a few other niggles which bugged me, but overall I found this to be an engaging and thoroughly enjoyable read. My fave part is probably the way this makes you truly feel the realistic and deep friendships between these characters - it made me smile.
Downloaded the Kindle app to my mobile phone in order to continue reading as new Kindle takes two days to arrive.
This is a fantastic book. A refreshing style of writing, different in that the reader is party to the Bear's thought process aswell as the reported action, very funny, very sad, very well devised.
I'd seen this book previously in the recommendation list and although all the reviews were favourable, the actual synopsis just didn't make me want to buy and download. Plus, as BevS, another reviewer mentions, the cover (and they are important) just didn't sell this story to me. Gay men and their children? Another reason I didn't feel compelled to purchase.
Thank you to my two favorite reviewers BevS and makkt, I was persuaded to download and try. (Never judge a book by it's cover). I can honestly say that this is one of my all time favorite novels in this genre. As we live near Stonehenge (its smaller than you think) I FB'd the author and invited him to visit and received a very sweet reply. I'm not a stalker TJ, I promise :oD
I swear Ty has to be one of sweetest, funniest and downright cutest characters (not to mention extremely smart) ever in any book I've read. If only for him it's worth reading and that's not to say the other characters aren't good they really are but Ty (Kid) is just special (and maybe just a little precocious but in a good way). Might favourite description of him is as being a ' the worlds youngest vegetarian eco warrior'. Read it you'll see why.
About the story well take a not quite 18 year old and a 6 year old (Brothers), a runaway mother absent father together with a best friend a girlfriend and the best friends brother and not forgetting the next door neighbour and you have one great book.
Soon gonna enjoy the sequel