Bear, Otter and the Kid

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Author: TJ Klune
Time: Now
MCs: M/M
Subgenre: Contemporary Romance/ YA
Themes: Self Awareness, Coming of age, Change, Self Acceptance, Family and Friendship
Summary: Bear and the Kid are surrounded by friends when a horrible tragedy befalls them. They come together to create a warm, loving and supportive, though weird family. Bear is also forced to face his sexuality and love for someone he might have lost. But even as he tries to keep them all together, he might very well have to choose between his love and his brother/son.
What I think: Let me start this by saying that my inner lesbian needed this book when I was in my teens and I’m upset for just finding out about it. This is one of those stories that stays with you for a pretty long time. It also hit close to home because I was raised by a single mother and had major points in my life when I had to decide to stay and endure hardship with my family or walk away to make a new life for myself. Bear validated me like you won’t believe. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

I was disappointed that this wasn’t a paranormal story which was not my fault. I was buzzing from Wolfsong and have you seen this title? What else could it be? What I didn’t expect was how invested I would get in these seemingly ordinary characters. My bestie says Bear was just too much with his angst which I agree with. But it was refreshing for me to see someone who worried about things that hadn’t happened yet and had about a 1 in 1000 chances of ever happening! It was a relief to meet a character so willing to give up his life and his very self for love while battling with fear of failure. It was a pleasure to meet this awkward, emotionally scarred young man who still had enough strength to form a family out of strangers of varied ages. Do people anxiously internalise like Bear?

I was disappointed that this wasn’t a paranormal story which was not my fault. I was buzzing from Wolfsong and have you seen this title? What else could it be? What I didn’t expect was how invested I would get in these seemingly ordinary characters. My bestie says Bear was just too much with his angst which I agree with. But it was refreshing for me to see someone who worried about things that hadn’t happened yet and had about a 1 in 1000 chances of ever happening! It was a relief to meet a character so willing to give up his life and his very self for love while battling with fear of failure. It was a pleasure to meet this awkward, emotionally scarred young man who still had enough strength to form a family out of strangers of varied ages. Do people anxiously internalize like Bear? Yes, yes, they do (I’m living proof). The Kid (ecoterrorist-in-training) is a character that is as sweet as he is charming yet as scarred as the big brother he tries so hard to protect. But Otter, oh Otter. I found myself needing him like Bear and the Kid needed him. I have never seen a more perfectly paired couple nor have I ever been allowed into the most intimate areas of a character’s mind like I was in this book. This is an almost visceral journey of self-awareness and coming to terms with sexuality.

I have never seen a more perfectly paired couple nor have I ever been allowed into the most intimate areas of a character’s mind like I was in this book. This is an almost visceral journey of self-awareness and coming to terms with sexuality. By the end of this tale, I was certain that Bear is just Otter-sexual which he totally deserves because he’s Otter. Did you see that first lovemaking scene? You’ll need to put your head in the freezer just to cool down. Otter is one of those people that I know I will be comparing my future partners to because come on, everyone needs a partner who is this steady, loyal, patient and loving. Someone who owns up to his mistakes while sticking around to fix them. This might be a YA book but all its issues are

This might be a YA book but all its issues are adult, real and in the now. It’s as awkward as it is realistic, as funny as it is painful. But above all, filled with love in its many forms. Trust me, you’re about to become a fan.
Verdict: Read, laugh, get pissed, read some more, get frustrated, cry tears of joy (blame Klune for making you a hugger).

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