Bear, Otter, and the Kid (Bear, Otter, and the Kid, Book 1) by T.J. Klune

Bear, Otter, and the Kid (Bear, Otter, and the Kid, Book 1) by T.J. KluneSeries: and the Kid, Bear, Otter
on August 11th, 2011
Pages: 350 pages
AmazonNarrator: Sean Crisden
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Three 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 home.

Otter 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 more for him in the world... something or someone.

This audiobook was 200 pages too long. I came in really excited because of the kid angle and I got a book of 5 matyrs.

17 year old Derek “Bear” as his baby brother Tyson couldn’t pronounce Derek came home one day to find a note for his mother. She was leaving with her latest loser boyfriend for parts unknown. Since the loser didn’t want her kids, she was leaving Tyson “Ty” in Bear’s care. She had the presence of mind to print ouf a power of attorney form from the internet, and signed it (though it was incorrectly executed). Then she so graciously left him $137.50…but drained Bear’s bank account because she and loser needed start up money.

Luckily Bear was turning 18 in a couple of weeks, and had been planning to go away to college. Now he was stuck with an 8 year old boy and he was petrified. Thus began Bear’s journey as “Brother-parent” as well as finding himself as a man. Luckily, he had some friends who stood by him and pitched in where they could. Bear’s best friend Creed, Creed’s older brother Otter, Anna–Bear’s girlfriend, Mrs. Paquin, Bear’s neighbor all became an adopted family that rallied around Bear and Ty. In the process Otter became more than a best friend’s older brother too.

I don’t know if there was much that I really enjoyed except Otter’s longsuffering and patience. He was awesome. I actually liked the kid too. I mean seriously, how many 8 year olds religious watch Anderson Cooper and are vegetarians based solely on his own research into animal cruelty. He was wise beyond his age.

What I didn’t like: Everyone was a matyr..well except for his deadbeat mother. Also, there was a lot of flashback, going from first person narrative to third person and a lot of monologue. This story could have been told in 150-200 pages. It was way too long. It wasn’t angsty at all. It was just meh for me. I wouldn’t be reading book 2.

About TJ Klune

When TJ Klune was eight, he picked up a pen and paper and began to write his first story (which turned out to be his own 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. He never heard back from the video game company, much to his chagrin). Now, two decades later, the cast of characters in his head have only gotten louder, wondering why he has to go to work as a claims examiner for an insurance company during the day when he could just stay home and write.

He lives with a neurotic cat in the middle of the Sonoran Desert. It’s hot there, but he doesn’t mind. He dreams about one day standing at Stonehenge, just so he can say he did.