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Who We Are (Bear, Otter, and the Kid Chronicles Book 2) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

TJ Klune
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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.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 350 pages
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  • Editeur : Dreamspinner Press; Édition : 1 (26 avril 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B007Y4KV1I
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Hilarant 15 mai 2012
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Autant j'ai aimé le premier volume "Bear, Otter and the Kid", autant j'ai adoré cette suite.
Je pense avoir pleuré tout au long de la lecture de ce volume, tantôt de rire, tantôt de tristesse.

L'histoire est racontée selon le point de vue de Bear, grand frère courageux - qui ne se voit pas ainsi - d'un petit garçon de 9 ans trop intelligent pour son propre bien. L'imagination de Bear est vraiment hilarante et complètement déjantée. C'est un challenge de suivre ses pensées tout en restant dans le fil de l'histoire.

Et puis il y a Otter, le soutien inconditionnel de cette famille pas comme les autres, qui voit la fragilité derrière la force de Bear et dont la présence l'aide à avancer malgré les souffrances, les épreuves, la peur de l'abandon... et un petit frère végétarien, au sourire manipulateur et éco-terroriste en devenir.

Une fois commencé, il m'a été tout simplement impossible de lâcher ce livre. L'écriture de TJ Klune tient du génie, vous tient en haleine tout au long du livre. Il n'y a presque pas de longueurs, chaque mot est important, chaque paragraphe fait avancer l'histoire. La vie de Bear n'est décidément pas banale et il a un humour à se p... dessus.

C'est un roman infiniment touchant et qui donne une bonne claque dans la figure. J'espère qu'il aura une suite pour nous raconter la vie et l'entrée dans l'âge adulte de ce petit diable de Tyson.
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J’avais aimé le premier tome et j’ai adoré celui-ci. C’est une histoire touchante, pleine de poésie qui ne laisse pas insensible, la plume de TJ Klune est d’une tendresse infinie pour nous conter les aventures de ce trio si particulier. Comment ne pas sourire devant la perplexité de Bear lorsque son petit frère fait fonctionner son cerveau si mature aux raisonnements déjantés, comment ne pas être attendrie par la peur de ce grand frère de voir celui qu’il a élevé et qu’il adore enlevé par une mère qui les a abandonnés. Et Otter, si amoureux, si apeuré de perdre l’amour de sa vie, lui qui donnerait tout pour ces deux êtres déjà si malmenés.

Une fois que j’ai commencé, impossible de lâcher ce livre qui vous prend à la gorge, pas besoin de grands discours. Beaucoup d’évènements surviennent dans la vie de notre trio, des bons et des mauvais, de nouveaux visages apparaissent, d’autres connus sont plus souvent présents amenant leurs lots de problèmes et de questions. Et puis, il y a celui qui disparait, définitivement, celui auquel Bear, Otto et Ty devaient beaucoup, c’est un choc terrible pour eux et la tristesse plane longtemps sur nos trois amis, avant que l’arc-en-ciel du bonheur ressurgisse, de façon définitive nous l’espérons…

Laissez-vous emporter par le maelström de sentiments que cet auteur de génie a mis dans cette histoire, laisse-vous bercer par toutes les émotions tristes ou gaies qui jaillissent de cette prose unique en son genre. Et savourez le joli cadeau que nous fait TJ Klune à la fin de ce tome, un cadeau que nous lui souhaitons quand nous savons ce qu’il traverse actuellement dans sa propre vie.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 j'adore tout simplement 31 mars 2014
Par Toshokan TOP 500 COMMENTATEURS
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Je n’ai cessé de recommander ce livre à qui voulait commencer le M/M avec juste un très léger abord sexuel et bien je dois ajouter la suite à cette recommandation.

Ici nous retrouvons Bear, Otter et le Moustique dans un combat pour qu’ils obtiennent enfin le bonheur après le combat du premier tome. Et ce bonheur passe par l’obtention de la garde du Moustique par Bear.

Nous retrouvons le style bien particulier de Tj Klune, à savoir un humour parfois caustique mais qui déménage, je n’ai pu m’empêcher de pouffer de rire tout seul à certaines répliques. Mais ne pensez pas que les sentiments sont oubliés, loin de là, ils sont omniprésents et le moteur de ce récit. Ce roman est un condensé de vie, avec ses bons moments et parfois ses mauvais. Et ces personnages avec chacun leurs petites particularités si attachantes sont le point fort de ce roman.

L’auteur réussit une petite prouesse en réussissant à concilier humour et moments graves, et surtout grandes décisions. Le moustique est un de mes personnages fétiches tant il apporte de la fraicheur. Quand à Bear, je me retrouve parfois en lui avec son cheminement de pensées parfois tordu. Et enfin Otter est le roc que l’on voudrait devenir. En fait en combinant ces 3 là on est vraiment pas loin de l’homme idéal. Ils sont comme les facettes d’une même pierre précieuse.

La trame de ce second tome subit par contre le même cheminement que le premier à savoir de grands événements, à la fin, qui nous poussent à hurler notre frustration et amplifient notre empathie vis à vis des personnages.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Brothers, love, family. 28 avril 2012
Par Tom W - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Note - If you have not read "Bear, Otter and the Kid", you need to know there will be references in this review to events in that book. Don't read further, go buy the darn book. Then come back. If not, read on and take your chances...

"What is it about brothers that make us act so much differently than we normally would? Why is there a bond there that doesn't exist anywhere else?"

In BOATK, Derrick (Bear) is left to raise his six-year-old brother Tyson (The Kid) when their mom suddenly leaves with her boyfriend the day before Bear's eighteenth birthday. His girlfriend Anna and his best friend Creed and Creed's older brother Oliver (Otter), along with their families and next door neighbor Mrs. Paquinn support the two brothers as Bear has to give up his college dreams to take care of Ty.

During the course of the book, Bear slowly recognizes his love for Otter is more than friendly, and he and Anna break up over it. Bear and Otter begin a secret relationship, as do Anna and Creed. All hell breaks loose when the boys' mother suddenly shows up and threatens to take The Kid back with her unless Bear stops seeing Otter. Bear panics, breaks up with Otter and all the secrets come barreling out in the aftermath.

Ultimately, the family (because that's what they all are) come together, sans Otter, to help Bear file for custody of The Kid, and just when Bear's about to tell Otter what happened, Otter's old boyfriend shows up unexpectedly and makes a final play for him. Bear freaks out, necessitating another intervention, during which Otter is brought up to speed. Otter takes Bear to an ugly green house and tells him he bought it for him and The Kid, and they are his family now. In the Epilogue, sometime in the not -too-far future, The Kid is coaching Otter on how to propose marriage to Bear.

Got it all? Good, cause now we start "Who We Are"...

...and I really don't want to tell you too much about what happens here, other than to say it starts immediately after Bear and Otter visiting the Green Monstrosity for the first time. The three guys are getting ready for the move, the custody case is still looming, Creed has gone back to school and he and Anna are maybe sorta still dating, Mrs. Paquinn is still babysitting and serving as surrogate Mom/Grandmom to the bunch.

So much happens - The Kid goes back to school and skips a year and we meet his new teacher, who has a link to one of our guys. Bear also goes back to school. There's two new playmates for the boys, one a teen named Dominic and the other a college boy named Isaiah. Otter and Creed's parents come back from volunteer work in Africa and are none-the-wiser about the new relationships their kids are in. The dinner party at Casa Thompson where all the family members come together? Not. To. Be. Missed.

There's a visit to a gay bar, a...I just really can't tell you.

What I can tell you is this...

This book is beautiful. It's about brothers, first and foremost.

It's a love song to the relationship that exists between two guys, and the love that only brothers have for each other. And that love isn't about blood.

It's trust and respect and giving and putting your heart on the line for your guy.

It's crying on each others shoulders and pounding his back with laughter and celebrating life.

It's loving with your heart in your throat and being vulnerable and being scared to death and stepping out there anyway.

It's two guys who share a bond that nobody else can share, and that nobody can break.

And that's what this books is about. It's about Bear and The Kid, and Bear and Otter, and Bear and Creed. How, no matter what else happens, there's a bond of love and care and family that nothing can break.

There's love and death and surprises and confrontations and reunions and tears and laughs (so damned many laughs) and simple joy in this wonderful, open-hearted beauty of a story. And the end? It left me wanting more.

Bear. So much stronger than I thought, but still himself.

Otter. Still the heart of the book, but this time we see him with the blinders off.

The Kid. Still amazing, still the most exasperating, fabulous and breakable boy on the planet.

It's their relationship.

Brothers of the heart.

Set aside a few hours and just...soak it up.

Tom
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 In Klune I Trust 27 avril 2012
Par Jenta - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I've made no secret of my love for TJ Klune's writing. Bear, Otter, and the Kid was my favorite novel last year (and perhaps, of many years) regardless of genre. His recent release Burn was a complete trip down the rabbit hole that left me gasping.

So, of course when I heard of Who We Are, the sequel to BOATK, I was estatic. And nervous. For every great sequel, there's at least 30 that completely ruin the story. Sequels that are better than the originals are very rare to find. And if the sequel was bad, would that sour my taste of BOATK for any future readings?

Well, I've finished Who We Are. I won't be nervous again for any future book of his. In Klune I trust.

Who We Are is, for lack of a better word, brilliant. Unquestionably, gorgeously brilliant.

Now, I come across sounding like a gushing fangirl, I'm sure. I understand this. But "brilliant" is not a word I am prone to use lightly. That being said, rarely have I ever been moved as much as I was when reading Who We Are.

From the opening prologue that pokes gentle fun at a specific m/m subgenre ("Fat with my love for you" OMG!!!) to the epilogue that had me shouting "Oh thank god!" and everything in between, Who We Are is a thrilling experience that everyone should read, regardless of orientation and reading preferences.

There is a dinner scene involving all the main characters from BOATK plus few new ones that is literally the funniest thing I have ever read. But it's not just the humor that brings this scene to life; it's the fluid movements in the conversation that is so expertly choreographed that it's like watching a gorgeous dance routine being performed right in front of you. Mutliple conversations are occurring all at once (everything from what are synonyms for the word "sex" to coming out to praying to god to whether "verbosal" and "dranken" are actually words) and I had tears running down my face as I laughed so hard. If you were like me and thought the seagull scene in BOATK was hysterical, this specific scene tops it in every single way.

And just when you think this book is going to be a lighter read than BOATK, events occurr that break your heart into a billion pieces. Writing emotions such as these could easily come across as just being manipulative, but Klune, at least to me, never goes that direction. Instead, he pulls the reader along for the ride until you don't even remember your reading a book; you instead think Bear is actually talking to you and all you want to do is hug him (after of course, you throttle him). The emotions here, are more tightly focused than they were in BOATK, as is pretty much the entire story.

As a matter of fact, Klune tops BOATK in every single way. It could have so easily read like an extended epilogue. It could have so easily been over the top. But it's not. Who We Are is a wonderful, funny, heartbreakingly sad look at what it means to be family. With every single page, you can tell that Klune knows these characters front and back, and loves them completely, regardless of their faults--perhaps even because of them. It reaffirms that Klune is one of the most exciting talents working in the GLBT literary field today. I know that many people read BOATK, but I can't help but wish that a New York publisher would take notice of this phenominal talent so his work would be even more wide spread. It deserves to be on the major bestseller lists, not just because of the prose or the story itself, but because of the message it sends: that blood is not necessarily the most important thing, that it's about who you are.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An Amazing Sequel 30 avril 2012
Par iluvEdwardCullen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Updated May 22, 2014: I just saw on the Dreamspinner Press web site that Tyson/The Kid's story, The Art of Breathing, is going to be released on June 16th!!! While the title isn't what I suggested (LOL), I am so freaking excited about this upcoming sequel!!
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First I must say WHAT??!!!!!??? It can't just end like that! Now I NEED more! Preferably entitled "The Kid, His Dom, and a Litter of Otter-Bears" ~ LOL

If you have not read the first book "Bear, Otter, and The Kid" then you need to go and buy it right now and spend the rest of the day reading it before coming back to buy "Who We Are". And you'll want to buy it, trust me!

Approx 6300 locations and 8 or 9 really long chapters plus an epilogue in Otter's POV with convenient stopping places / breaks during the chapters. Although, if you're a fan of these characters you probably won't want to put the book down unless your eyes are incapable of remaining open.

While reading the opening sequence you might find yourself going WTF!, but TJ is just poking a little good natured fun at the paranormal shape shifting genre that is pretty dominant/popular in m/m erotica/romance.

Anyway, where the first book was more serious and emotional this one is more comedic, but still has plenty of drama. Plus the introduction of a new character who will be a prominent person it seems in a possible future sequel (crossing my fingers).

The Kid is still The Kid although he curses quite a bit for a 9 and 3/4 year old, but is ridiculously smart and wise beyond his years. Bear becomes more comfortable with himself and realizes he has loved Otter since he was a kid. The things he comes up with inside his head for possible future happenings are crazy, but hilarious crazy. I laughed out loud at some of the stuff he thought. Otter is the rational sane one in their little trio except for when it comes to the way he feels about Bear. There are a couple of minor characters who bring out the jealous sides of Otter and Bear. Let's just say I had a little Earthquake of my own.

Not cool Mr. Klune for making me think one thing and then giving me two heart attacks back to back towards the end.

So, buy this book... It's worth it! And I really hope there will be another sequel with the Kid's POV.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Didn't know what I was getting into! 12 mai 2013
Par Alan Arthur Katz - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
When I started this book, it wasn't at all what I expected. The beginning was absolutely hysterical, so over the top that it had me laughing out loud.

After a few pages, it calmed down and told a story of brothers and of love.

And what a story! So well-written, so moving, so excellent that, as long as it was, I didn't want it to end. I hope for another sequel - I'll buy it without a second thought.

The only complaint I have is a niggling one: that it was, perhaps, too passionate, sometimes threatening to tip into melodrama.

But I was reminded of an incident in my own life more than 40 years ago. I studied with the legendary music teacher Nadia Boulanger in Fontainbleau, France when I was a young singer, still in college. She taught many of the great composers and artists of the 20th Century (I was not among those!).

In one class, she played five recordings of a Bach prelude and fugue and asked us to critique them. One was played perfectly, another on a historic harpsichord, a third on an organ by a world-renowned organist. The last example was played on piano by the early-to-mid 20th-Century pianist, Edwin Fischer. His was the least historically accurate, the least perfect, the least historical interpretation. In fact, it was probably played inappropriately for the style, more Romantic than Baroque. Everyone in the class chose one of the first three renditions. I chose the last.

Mlle. Boulanger announced that only I got it right. She asked me why I preferred the Fischer, though it was certainly not as technically good as the others. I replied "because it's beautiful". She smiled and then gave the class a lesson that I have carried with me throughout my life: "Fischer is the only one who played the piece with heart. It was beautiful. And trust me, my young students, you should never, ever fault someone for having too much heart or creating too much beauty, as there is not enough of either in the world.

Despite its excesses, I loved Mr. Klune's book. Why? Simply because it had great heart, and it was beautiful.

I recommend it highly.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Sturm und Drang and love and laughter and darkness. And light. 27 octobre 2012
Par Ulysses Dietz - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
First note: I don't give five stars, out of discipline. So don't be put off by this.

Secondly, in Tj Klune's "Who We Are," don't be put off by Bear's (Derrick McKenna's) off-the-charts neurotic personality and his nuclear over-thinking of nearly everything that happens. Bear is an exhausting character, and I can understand that some readers (not too many, from the review numbers) might not have the patience to slog through the more contorted bits of his thinking. But I've read Dostoyevsky and Proust and Henry James, and nothing beats them for convoluted prose.

Bear is worth the effort. Both of Klune's books, "Bear, Otter and the Kid" and "Who We Are" are worth the effort.

"Who We Are" picks up the saga of Derrick, Oliver and Tyson just a few months after the first book closes, as they move into their new home as a family - a family in name and in emotional fact. What happens in this stand-alone sequel (reading the first book is not necessary, but it sure helps) is a codification and a backwards circumspection on Bear's part of his entire life leading up to this moment - when his goal is to become the adoptive parent of his preternaturally-gifted nine-year-old brother Ty, The Kid.

I found myself laughing out loud a great deal while reading this book. Klune has an uncanny way with words, even at his most tortured. Bear's over-thinking results in long tangential asides, that can be tragic or comic by turns; it also results in mantra-like repetitions of ideas that could become tedious - but which continued to move me emotionally and move the narrative along toward its ultimate destination.

As much as I care about both Bear and Otter (and Creed and Anna and their parents and dear Mrs. Paquin), it is Ty who caught my heart. What wouldn't I give (disloyal parent of two teenagers that I am) to have a kid like Kid! Tyson McKenna speaks in a voice of no child I've ever known, and yet the mixture of savant and innocent is convincingly crafted, and my heart was captured within the first page of his hyper-intelligent chatter.

Klune is given to dramatic mood shifts, and the last quarter of the book plunges into darkness so suddenly and unexpectedly that I was completely derailed. But, hey, it's still a m/m romance, and we have our conventions.

And there is a final little surprise gift that Klune gives us in a brightly-lit epilogue; one that made me wish that every family could experience the intensity of connection and love that this one does.
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