Friday, June 8, 2012

Who We Are by TJ Klune

Sequel to Bear, Otter, and the Kid

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.

5/5 stars

Loved it! I was so excited when I saw this book, because Bear, Otter and the Kid is one of my favorites. This book did not disappoint in any way and was a great sequel even though the last half was so heartbreaking. I loved the fact that it picks up just a few months after BOatK took place and we got to see them settling into a life as a family in the Green Monstrosity. Bear was just as lovable as before with a few new issues to drive him crazy. And the Kid...what can be said about the Kid except that once again he dug a little deeper into my heart. Oh yeah, that little glimpse of the future we got at the end? Wonderful! I can't wait for a book about a grown-up Kid. Be advised to have a box of tissues handy for this book- you'll need them. I've lost count of how many people I've told about this series. Hopefully they'll all pick it up and share in the joy of these guys and their new life together.

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