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Who We Are (Bear, Otter, and the Kid #2)

Penny’s Rating: A+

Note: If you have not read TJ Klune’s Bear, Otter, and the Kid (BOATK), go do that first. This is the sequel, and it is as amazing as BOATK, so if you haven’t already read Bear, Otter, and the Kid , go do that, then come back for this utter awesomeness.

WhoWeArePublisher description: “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.”

I LOVED this book. I approached this sequel to Bear, Otter, and the Kid with some trepidation, because BOATK ends on a pretty happy note. In my head Bear & Co. were all living their happy ever after lives, and I was a little anxious about having them come back to the “real world” for the sequel: Who We Are. All I can say is, it was totally worth it.

The conversations the characters have in this book are genius. I read a good chunk of the WWA backstage in the dressing room of a show I was working on (I had a lot of down time, most of which I spent reading on my smart phone), and I am sure that everyone though I was nuts because I kept laughing out loud and making faces at my phone while I was reading. Tyson McKenna slays me. And his epic poems are so, so epic. Don’t believe me? TJ has some great freebies on his blog from the BOATK characters. Ty’s Christmas poems are especially brilliant.

There are sad thing that happen too, (I’m not giving anything away), but it’s all worth it in the end. Plus I am cured of my trepidation regarding any future BOATK sequels. I want more! I can’t wait to read about what happens with Tyson and Dominic when Ty grows up. I really hope this isn’t the end.

About the Author: 

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.
Published April 26th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 1613724616 (ISBN13: 9781613724613)
Edition language; English

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