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
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"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.
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
"Fantastic and funny"
The way this story is done u can't help be taken on a ride that makes u laugh makes u cry makes u think and makes u wonder..even though this is a different narrator it's sooo worth it
"Silly Not 10 Stars Like Bear Otter & the Kid"
Narrator! Where is Sean Crisden?!!!! He was awesome with the first book. In this book, Ty as a "9 1/4" year old suddenly sounds Gay, where previously he did not, has a potty mouth and in the few months between BOATK has gotten way out of hand for his age. In BOATK he was sweet, precocious and extremely smart and he tore at my heart strings. In this book he is just a little too advanced too quickly. Also Bear was really ridiculous, he started out as a shy diminutive steady, loving totally unselfish guy and turned into a potty mouth, acting more affected and down right girlish sometimes in this book - more so than Otter (who has been gay for a while). I liked the first book because I appreciate the normalcy (to me) of Bear, Otter and the Kid, despite their tribulations. I think most reactions and choices were within the realm of possibility and they were just really good loving people. While they remain good and overall loving, so many choices and actions (and speaking style and content) were over the top and somewhat flamboyant, hard to believe for our shy Bear really, regardless of drinking - and in some cases not drinking .
I am comparing this to Bear, Otter and the Kid (which was excellent and very well narrated!). I have heard Charlie David before - but he wasn't suited for this one.
I didn't like it, it was way out there for most of these returning characters except for Bear and Otter. The Narrator matters, the narrator is huge!
If it were written with a little restraint, more like the first one. This plot and the characters are all over the place. I realize there are growing pains to be had, both for a 9 year old and a "newly discovered" gay Bear, but this was extreme
Mrs. Paquin was ruined for me as well in this book, I understand eccentricity but this was off the charts. I did buy the Art of Breathing (third installment) because it is again narrated by Sean Crisden who made Bear, Otter and the Kid so precious to me - and TJ Klune's excellent writing in that installment. (I'm hoping the third time's the charm!)
"One of my favourite series of all....."
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.
Different narrator to Bear, Otter and the Kid. Took a while to remember the new voices, but they're good voices
Loved listening to it - made me laugh, cry and smile. Great story well written and performed.
"An amazing sequel"
Breathtaking, heart-wrenching, inspiring.
No seriously that would ruin it. As with the first book, the lows make the highs so much more meaningful.
Whilst I would love to read the books too, having this as an audio book really makes you feel like you've gotten to know and engage with Bear as he tells his story. It feels like he's actually telling it to you in person, that you're really there.
It made me laugh, cry, and it made me want to be a better person in my own relationship.
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