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Previous Cover Edition Of ISBN For Alternate Cover Edition See HereThree Years Ago, Bear McKenna S Mother Took Off For Parts Unknown With Her New Boyfriend, Leaving Bear To Raise His Six Year Old Brother Tyson, Aka The Kid Somehow They Ve Muddled Through, But Since He S Totally Devoted To The Kid, Bear Isn T Actually Doing Much Living With A Few Exceptions, He S Retreated From The World, And He S Mostly Okay With That Until Otter Comes HomeOtter Is Bear S Best Friend S Older Brother, And As They Ve Done For Their Whole Lives, Bear And Otter Crash And Collide In Ways Neither Expect This Time, Though, There S Nowhere To Run From The Depth Of Emotion Between Them Bear Still Believes His Place Is As The Kid S Guardian, But He Can T Help Thinking There Could Be Something For Him In The World Something Or Someone


10 thoughts on “Bear, Otter, and the Kid

  1. says:

    Let me start by saying the author has excellent writing skills, and that the book was well written However, I can t view it as an original novel, since it is a complete rip off of the gay themed movie Shelter 2007 I saw the movie a couple of years ago and this book has the same characters, same story development, same guy gives up scholarship to take care of small child plot Both the movie and this book even start with the same scene he s driving to pick up his wealthy best friend and take him somewhere I watched the movie again after reading this book and there is no mistake that complete scenes, situations, etc were copied some almost exactly His best friend s older brother comes home from southern California after a bad breakup in both the movie and the book The scene where the best friend arrives at his house to find the older brother there is nearly the same The same tension and awareness between the older brother and the hero are there in the book as was in the movie In the movie and this book, his on and off girlfriend since grade school works at the same grocery store with him the book even mentions a bench and table outside the front entrance of the store which is in a scene in the movie All the characters have the same personalities in both the movie and the book The locations are similar the best friend s house is on a beach, for instance, and the older brother had moved to southern California and become a big shot Throughout the movie, the hero struggles with his feelings for his best friend s older brother, hiding his feelings from others and denying it to himself His girlfriend suspects his feelings for the older brother and they break up for good He and the older brother get together, and then the hero breaks up with him The older brother eventually convinces the hero to move in with him and let him help raise the child in both the book and movie The only differences are that in the movie, his sister leaves her son his young nephew in his care, while in the book, his mother leaves his younger brother in his care, the sister is homphobic in the movie and the mother is homophobic in the book, and both leave with a man who says the kid can t come In the movie, the sister doesn t leave until later, but she is absent a lot and the full care of the child falls on the hero most of the time Some of the scenes in the book where he remembers his mother drinking with a man at the kitchen table are exactly like the scenes in the movie where his sister is drunk and drinking with a man at the kitchen table In the movie, the sister never came back so there was no custody question Also in the book, his best friend and ex girlfriend end up together, which did not happen in the movie These are minor differences compared to the overwhelming parallels Mr Klune left out the hero s artistic talent and how the hero and older brother spend time together surfing, but the character personalities, the events, and almost exact circumstances in the movie Shelter are exactly the same in this book In the author s bio at the end of this book, the author says his first story was a 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 Well, it looks like Mr Klune is still offering his take on stories that he didn t think ended well, because this book is almost a clone of the movie Shelter with only a few minor changes I know the saying goes that there is no plot that has not already been written, but this book passes beyond similar and goes into copied territory, or at least 80% copied anyway EDIT A couple of people said they saw no similarities or only superficial similarities between the movie Shelter and Mr Klunes book So I made a list I m sure there are , but I got bored with it afer a while.Plot both book and movie boy, who has taken on the care of a young child, falls in love with his best friend s older brother, breaks up with his girlfriend, starts a relationship with his best friend s older brother, breaks up with his best friend s older brother, makes up with his best friend s older brother, and the two decide to live together and raise the child.Core Characters Main Character MC Characterization both book and movie 20ish Lower middle class Fiercely loyal to the child Introverted Struggles with his sexuality and the changes in his life Spends a lot of time thinking.Best Friend BF Characterization both book and movie 20ish Wealthy Partier College student out of town college Extraverted Loyal to MC Makes fag jokes and references to tease his Older Brother OB Talks trash about girls sometimes Loves his brother and doesn t care if he s gay Accepts the Main Character s new relationship with his Older Brother Older Brother OB Characterization both book and move 30ish Successful Gay Moved away the southern California for a few years Caring, supportive, and patient most of the time Allows MC time and tells no one about their relationship Struggles with artistic motivation book photogrophy, movie writing while at his parent s house Likes the child and is good with him Has loved MC for a long time Wants to help MC and raise the child with him.Girl Friend GF Characterization both book and movie 20ish Caring, intuitive, loyal Knows MC inside and out Angry when they break up for good, but loves MC and the child even after break up Child Characterization both book and movie Has anxiety issues and is extremely dependent on the Main Character His mother leaves him in the Main Character s care at age 5 Character Circumstances and Scenes Movie One of the opening scenes is the Main Character MC driving his wealthy best friend BF to get a ride some of his friends from college The child pretends to sleep The BF talks crudely about girls and his career options after college The MC and BF tease each other about their differing economic statuses wealthy not wealthy.Book One of the opening scenes is the MC driving to pick up his wealthy BF from the airport because he is coming home from college for summer The child is present The MC thinks of past conversations with his BF and what career options his BF will have afer college The BF talks crudely about some girl he boned The MC thinks about their differing economic statuses wealthy not wealthy pages 7 12 Movie The MC and the child share a bedroom because the child can t stand to be sleep anywhere else.Book The MC and the child share a bedroom because the child can t stand to be sleep anywhere else page 59 Movie The MC says, I m sick of being your childhood wet dream Find another fantasy OB calls MC a coward break up scene Book The MC says, this obsession you have with me needs to end OB calls MC a coward break up scene page 255 256 Movie The MC s and OB s deeper relationship starts with one drunken kiss MC freaks out when he wakes up the next day.Book The MC s and OB s deeper relationship starts with one drunken kiss MC freaks out page 64 Movie The OB tells MC he has a choice about taking on the care of the child and the MC insists that he does not Book His friends tell him he has a choice about taking on the care of the child and the MC insists he does not.Movie The MC has an on and off girl friend GF who is also his female best friend They work at the same grocery store together The grocery store has a bench and table near the front entrance.Book The MC has an on and off girl friend GF who is also his female best friend They work at the same grocery store together The grocery store has a bench and table near the front entrance pages 25 and 150 Movie The sister leaves with a man to go to Portland, Oregon where the man has found a job The man says the child can t come The sister smokes and drinks There is a scene where the sister is drunk and still drinking with a man in their kitchen.Book The mother leaves Oregon to go with a man to an out of state location where the man has found a job The man says the child can t come The mother smokes and drinks There is a flashback scene where the mother is drunk and still drinking with a man in their kitchen pages 1 3 and 232 233 Movie THe MC gave up a college scholarship in order to take on the care of his young nephew.Book THe MC gave up a college scholarship in order to take on the care of his young brother page 40 Movie MC s sister doesn t think MC needs college Discourages it She s also homophobic.Book MC s mother doesn t think MC needs college Discourages it She s also homophobic pages 1 3 and 227 248 Movie The BF s parents are away the entire movie The house large and is on the beach.Book The BF s parents are away the entire book The house large and is on the beach pages 7, 12, and 83 Movie The MC spends a lot of time just thinking about things.Book The MC spend a lot of time just thinking about things extensive internal dialogue throughout the book.Movie The OB has an old home video of MC and BF He watches it.Book The OB has a photo of younger MC that he looks at a lot pages 127 128 and others Movie BF teases OB with many references to fag things and gay stereotypes Book BF teases OB with many references to fag things and gay stereotypes numerous examples throughout the book Movie The OB shows MC a secluded beach that no one ever went to, and they hang out there a lot The MC sometimes goes there by himself just to sit and think.Book They all know of a secluded beach that no one ever went to, and the MC plans to have OB meet him there for a romantic dinner The MC goes there by himself when he doesn t want to be found and needs to think pages 194 and 306 Movie The OB asks when MC is going back to college Encourages it.Book The OB asks when MC is going back to college Encourages it page 121 and Movie Ex GF suggests MC can go to the local community collge.Book Ex GF suggests MC go to college pages 28 29 Movie The MC deliberately looks at other men after the kiss to see if he s attracted to them too or just OB Apparently he is not scene at beach Book The MC deliberately looks at other men after the kiss to see if he s attracted to them too or just OB Apparently he is not pages 155 156 Movie The MC denies his feelings and is paranoid and rude about OB touching him in front of other people while he struggles with himself about being attracted to OB and what it will change in his life MC thinks about what is best for the child several scenes in movie Book The MC denies his feelings and is paranoid and rude about OB touching him in front of other people while he struggles with himself about being attracted to OB and what it will change in his life MC thinks about what is best for the child extensive internal dialogue and rude behavior to OB throughout the book Movie The OB cooks for MC and the child at his parents beach house and makes whatever the kid wants scene in movie after MC accepts his feelings for OB Book The OB cooks for MC and the child at his parents beach house and makes whatever the kid wants 104 Movie For the MC, the child is family, and he will take care of the child no matter what, putting the child first, even if that means he can t have OB OB says, You don t have to take care of child , and MC says, Yeah, I do several scenes in movie Book For the MC, the child is family, and he will take care of the child no matter what, putting the child first, even if that means he can t have OB multiple repitition of internal dialogue in several chapters Movie The child likes OB a lot Asks when they can see him again.Book The child likes OB a lot Asks when they can see him again multiple times in several chapters Movie The MC spends a lot of time with OB but doesn t tell anyone and is distant from OB in front of others OB tries to be patient several scenes in movie Book The MC spends a lot of time with OB but doesn t tell anyone and is distant from OB in front of others OB tries to be patient several scenes in multiple chapters Movie After the BF finds out about MC and OB, he says that he and MC are still bros He also asks if guys give better head The MC is uncomfortable and won t answer Book After the BF finds out about MC and OB, he says that he and MC are still brothers He also asks if butt sex hurts The MC is uncomfortable and won t answer page 286 Movie The child questions why MC doesn t see OB any Book The child questions why MC doesn t see OB any a lot of internal and external dialogue Movie The MC finds his sister in her bedroom, sleeping, seemingly suffering from depression, with a pill bottle next to her.Book The MC remembers a time when his mother spent most of her time in her bedroom sleeping, depressed, and only leaving her room to buy cigarettes and bourbon page 232 Movie The BF gives a big party at his home Book The BF gives a big party at his home chapters 13 and 14 Movie The MC tells ex GF that he always thought he would be with her forever.Book THe GF tells almost ex MC, I never thought it would come to this I always thought that we would The implication is that that they would be together forever page 97 Movie The OB has his luggage packed and waiting at the front door implication that he is leaving town when MC shows up to make up with him.Book The BF calls MC and tells him that OB is about to leave town THe MC drives over there to make up with him It doesn t quite work out immediately but is resolved within 24 hours pages 301 314 Movie The end scenes show MC, child, and OB playing on the beach All are happy.Book The cover shows MC, child, and OB on the beach All are happy.Movie Locations Ocean side towns on west coast Many scenes are on the beach MC and OB spend time surfing and at OB s house to bond with each other.Book Locations Ocean side towns on west coast Some scenes are on the beach MC and OB spend time at OB s house to bond with each other.The book differs from the movie due to removed surfing references, partial changes to the child s personality, and the addition of an elderly neighbor The sister is present but unmotherly throughout most of the movie, while in the book the unmotherly mother is gone, but shows up in flashbacks and in person once.Surfing is used in the movie as an activity that allows the MC and OB to spend time together and bond The movie also uses scenes from the OB s home, especially his bedroom and the kitchen The book left out the surfing backdrop, but left in the time spent together in the OB s home, especially in the OB s bedroom and kitchen The movie has limited time to diplay characterizations, so is concise with their development For example, to show that the child has anxiety issues and is very attached and dependent on the MC, the movie shows scenes of their shared bedroom, a picture of the sad child drawn by the MC, and a couple of lines of dialogue that say the child won t sleep anywhere else but in the MC s bedroom and that the child does not like to wake up in a strange place The book uses entire chapters repeating these themes Another example from the movie is that to show the MC is very contemplative and struggling with his feelings, the movie uses many scenes of the MC just sitting by himself brooding on the beach, in his car, zoning out at his BF s party, etc The books spends chapters on internal dialogue of the MC where he broods about everything, including struggling with his feelings.The core plot, characters, circumstances, and events found in the movie are intact in the book Second Edit Thanks to the person who pointed this out Movie The MC breaks up with OB after his sister confronts him about hanging out with a fag OB and tells him she doesn t want her child around that.Book The MC breaks up with OB after his mother confronts him about hanging out with a fag OB and tells him she doesn t want her child around that.


  2. says:

    Only 0.99 at ARe and US today 5 2 16 Dear Heather, It is a very bad idea to start a T.J Klune book right before going to sleep What were you thinking You will just stay up all night to finish it, like you did last night Don t do it again.Love, Your body and brain To be honest, I wasn t expecting greatness from Bear, Otter, and the Kid even though most of my GR friends adore this one First of all, I try to not read books with kids in them I can t deal with tragedy and little kids and, inevitably, tragedy befalls them in books where kids play a main role Not my cup of tea Also, the title threw me off I wasn t feeling it However, I couldn t ignore the amazing reviews so I decided to give this one a try And, low and behold, I loved this one Excuse me while I gush a little.What really struck me was the chemistry between Bear and Otter It was wonderful and rich and full of pure love That is really the best way to describe it They are so pure in the way that they love each other, and it is just magical to read T.J Klune manages to pull that off without it coming across as insincere or phoney, which is a very difficult feat.I also loved the secondary characters The Kid was so sweet, funny, and observant He was the perfect innocent voice of reason, and I fell in love with him I wanted to adopt him myself by the end of the book Anna and Creed were also fab and really added to the plot My only issue with this one was that I don t do well with plot twists meant to drive readers nuts and for the last 20% of the book or so I was like thisCome on Did you have to do that to me T.J I have heard some controversy over this book and its similarities to the movie Shelter I haven t seen the movie, but honestly, I didn t care that it possibly borrowed ideas from the plot of the movie It still took major skill to pull off writing such a wonderful work of fiction T.J Klune just earned himself auto buy status for me Re read, audiobook edition, 6 16 14 Very nice performance by Sean Crisden, though this book sounds nearly identical to Chase in Shadows similar voices for the MCs so it took me a little while to adjust.


  3. says:

    WOOO HOOOO I loved this book, I actually did a Happy Dance at the endI thought of doing the 4.5 stars thingy, but then said SCREW IT Any debut novel that has me laughing my ass off, and crying my eyes out at the same time, gets FIVE WHOLE STARS.Well this is Bear, Otter and the Kid s story Bear McKenna, at seventeen years old and just weeks away from finally going away to college, finds a letter from his mother letting him know she s taken off and left him to take care of his five year old brother So there he is, no mother, no school, and a little kid to raiseBut he has friends, and he lets them help him as much as his pride allows, and he pulls through He raises this boy, this amazing brilliant boy, and he lives Along they way he makes mistakes His neurosis is a thing to behold The man goes into diatribes in his head that can go on and onBut hey, if you had the abandonment issues Bear had, you d probably doubt yourself a lot too Then there is Otter, Bear s best friend s brother Bear loves Otter, Otter loves Bear Otter is gay, Bear does not think he is gay, yet his whole life he has known that there is no one he wants , no one he needs than Otter And there is dramaoh yes, LOTS Cause Bear can do the emo 80s movie angst like A CHAMPBut we see him through it, we want to, because this story is epic, and lovely, and sad, and funny, and triumphant, and we want to see them get their happy ending.This may be one of my favorite family books, I can t say these people were secondary characters, they were not As they said throughout the book, it was about ALL of them Creed the best friend was hilarious and a fiercely faithful friend, Anna the ex girlfriend was loyal and strong, the next door neighbor was great too And the KidBRILLIANT.This is a story about love, in all kinds of ways, I truly truly enjoyed itI ll have these boys in my head for a while Borrowing from the Kid, I d say I loved this book, the story was STRONGAnd like Mad Cow Disease it will stay with me, for a time that is long O


  4. says:

    Audio 4Story 2I guess it s me and not the book because everyone loved it but me.What I liked about the book Oliver aka Otter What I didn t like The flashbacks and back tracking Bear I found him unlikable, selfish and TSTL for most of the book Bear s long winded internal monologuesThe Kid He annoyed me He was unrealistically perfect and mature for a 9 year oldThe whole story had a Walt Disney vibe that didn t work for me.


  5. says:

    This book has been on my tbr list for some time now Of course I have read all the wonderful reviews and of course my friends encouraged me to read it, but for some reason, I was a bit hesitant I don t know why exactly Maybe it was because of the title, or maybe it was, because I knew it was gonna be about a little kid Maybe it was, because I was worried, that I was gonna be one of the few people that didn t like it.I shouldn t have worried thoughI mean this is a TJ Klune book and I have come to realize, that he has a way of pulling me into a story, that I don t ever want to end He has a very unique writingstyle, which I love very much.So yes, I loved this book Why.well because of Bear, Otter and the Kid. and all of the other amazing characters that were in this book This kid, who I was so afraid of reading about, he stole my heart and made me pee my pants laughing I absolutely adored him.But of course, it wasn t just because the Kid was funny and sweet and smart It was also, because of the amazing relationship between Bear and Otter and how they came together It was the unconditional friendship between Bear and Creed and even between Bear and Anna, that made me smile and sometimes blink away a tear It was because this book is about family, and because family doesn t have to mean blood.So there you have it I loved it and I can t wait to read the next one I should have listened to my wonderful friends, but hey, at least now I still have something to look forward to, since there are 4 books in this series Well, 3 really, but book 4 is coming out in 2017 Little sidenote I have listened to the audio while reading and I think Sean Crisden did an amazing job This review has been posted on Dirty Books Obsession Re read March 19, 2017.still love it just as much


  6. says:

    I am one of the only people I know who didn t just love this book Don t get me started on the creepy kid on the cover His mouth shiver I had a lot of major problems with this book and only the writing which was very good and the sweetness kept me reading until the end.Things I really liked The writing is really good for the most part the imagery and word choices are excellent.The book takes place in the Pacific Northwest It s a fake town called Seafare, closely resembling Seaside, OR, which is a wonderful town.When the kid is upset, he climbs into the bathtub because he read that it was a safe place to go during an earthquake It s not That s where you go for a fire For an earthquake you worry about things falling, so you go under something But the whole metaphor around it with earthquakes being scary intense times, is really well done.There were some funny parts like view spoiler I thought the whole point of having a gay brother was that they were supposed to be all cool and shit I ve got a defective gay hide spoiler


  7. says:

    The is no way I could have loved this This is a M M romance fan favorite and it was released forever ago, so I m not going to even try to summarize the story for you Chances are you ve already read and loved it But if not, just get yourself a copy and read it Trust me.I ve heard this book compared to the LGBT movie classic Shelter many times, and I have to wholeheartedly agree Click image for fullsize photoThe similarities are endless and since Shelter is one of my absolutely favorite movies, it made me love Bear, Otter, and the Kid even .HIGHLY, HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommended PS For some inane reason, Shelter is not available to stream online And even worse, it was only released on DVD once in 2008 US version and copies are few and far between You can order a DVD copy from Netflix, try and order a DVD from eBay or s Marketplace or ask a friend to lend you their copy Oh, good news for Blu Ray owners It is available on Blu Ray It is not to missed It is perfection.


  8. says:

    4 stars There s nothing like being admonished by a nine year old ecoterrorist in training 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 You want to know what it feels like to be castrated Try having your nine year old brother protect you from your ex girlfriend after you ve told her you re in love with a man 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 with a better cover Gay for you romance is my favorite kind, mostly because of ANGST and we all know I friggin 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 of a shit 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 friggin frustrating Bear could be.One thing I have to get off my chest, the excessive use of the word retarded I stopped counting after 6 7 mentions For a book that preached not using the word fag 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 madAnyways, I can t wait to read the other books in this series and have 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 Follow me on Facebook Blog Instagram Twitter


  9. says:

    Pity Party Pity Party Table for one Under the reservation, Bear McKenna, please Bear, Otter and the Kid has DRAMA hands down There s drama for you, your family, your friends, their friends, their friends friendsHoly Cheesus, it can make it s own universe.TJ Klune s story is well written, you can argue all the faults you may or may not have but the writing style is superb Yes, I m aware of the Shelter movie controversy shrug I see it as a homage to a great film You will feel something for each character albeit lust Otter , mistrust Anna , disgust that thing Bear Kid got hatched from I do not care what you tell me, she s not a mother that damn Kid has got me rhyming Now instead of me rehashing the sad little tale of how Derrick aka Bear has a shitty life and shit storm of a mother who leaves Bear who is still 17 years old to take care of her almost 6 year old son, Ty aka the Kid It s kind of white trash beautiful at the end so don t let that hinder you Bear it s not his real name, thank god receives help from his on off girlfriend Anna, best friend Creed, next door neighbor Mrs Paquinn and of coursethe ever yummy and patient, Otter aka Oliver.Besides the hinky nicknames and ever loving drama stirrer Bear c mon this story could have been cut in half if he just pulled his head out of his ass faster , Otter and the Kid are the jelly that makes this a palatable literary sandwich.The Kidhe s the only straight shooter out of the bunch of adult loons he s surrounded with I don t know if it s sad as of yet.And Otter First off his nickname is Otter so he deserves some sympathy points for that alone the rest is being in love with Bear Bear does a lot of stupid things to this ever suffering man Seriously, I m sending a soul hug out to this man 9458 Kindle locations later, I question his sanity on loving Bear but the story eloquently proves these two not only really love each other, they deserve each other, in a really epic way.What felt like overkill was the drawn out flashes forward and backward and the over analyzing of pretty much every dramatic scene If Kid didn t pop up every now and again to smack some sense in it all, I would have probably rated this lower.When reading this, you need an open mind, some free time book s long and maybe a shot of something in the alcoholic category I m rating it 3.75 stars but I ll round it up to FOUR STARS.Still want to read Don t say I didn t warn you.


  10. says:

    1.5 StarsToo much needless angst and drama I really enjoyed the first 40% 50% of the book, but then it all went downhill from there I enjoyed the relationship dynamics, and most of the side characters I thought the chemistry between Bear and Otter was perfect Bear had this sarcastic wit about him that brought humor into the story I really liked him at first I thought the Kid was a well developed character He provoked a few eye rolls, but for the most part he had me smiling Once Bear and Otter got together, there was no communication, just ridiculous plot devices to induce the conflict in their relationship Uggg, I was so irritated by the end of this book Let s not even talk about Bear s endless inner monologues and his fears The storm and drowning metaphor got old fast, and by the end I wanted to drown him myself.