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

4.48  ·  Rating Details ·  4,348 Ratings  ·  527 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 329 pages
Published April 27th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press (first published April 26th 2012)
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Apr 25, 2012 T.J. added it  ·  (Review from the author)

I don't know why this says 350 pages (maybe DSP rounds up? Like by alot?) It's actually 329 pages, slightly shorter than BOATK.

Who We Are is my love letter to all the fans who have stuck by me through thick and thin, the good times and the bad, over these past eight months (doesn’t it feel like so much longer?) since I was first published. It’s my way of saying thank you for allowing me to be an author and to tell my stories. It’s my way of letting you know me better. Make sure you read the
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**Re-read 6/16/14**

Loved it as much as the first time! It is about 1,000 times better than the first and I'm BEYOND pumped to start The Art of Breathing now. So much love for this one, so much love.

**Original review from 3/9/13**

Okay, I didn't just love this book. I LOVED THIS BOOK. I think I'm in the minority here when I say that I liked it even more than the first. Like I kind of want to make this book my boyfriend and snuggle it at night.

Why did I love this book so much? It is like a more amp
T.A. Webb
Apr 26, 2012 T.A. Webb rated it it was amazing
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
Kaje Harper
May 01, 2012 Kaje Harper rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
If you liked BOATK, you will love this one. Bear is still Bear, with his inner monologues driven by anxiety and free-association. The Kid is still sweet, scarily smart, a little manipulative, and a little fragile. Otter is still the rock they cling to, except when they can't. This book is tighter than the first, and funnier. The plot has some wonderful twists, and some less so. The mood swings are almost bipolar, but you will be sucked along for the ride. And the love is steadfast and gorgeous a ...more
Dec 11, 2012 Susan rated it liked it

2.5 Stars

Stop while you’re ahead
Too much of a good thing
Sophomore slump

Ahhh yes, all those warnings that make you worry about reading a sequel to a book you really liked. I never listen. I should’ve listened.

I loved “Bear, Otter, and the Kid” (surprisingly). And though I had no need for a sequel, there it was…and so I read it. I almost DNF’d this book. If I hadn’t loved the characters from book 1, I would have been so aggravated by how this was written.

It felt like TJ Klune took all the good th
Gennie Gee
Dec 03, 2013 Gennie Gee rated it it was amazing
If you’ve read Bear, Otter and the Kid by TJ Klune and loved it than you will not be disappointed by the second installment, Who We Are. The book begins with what I think is perhaps the best prologue ever! Seriously, you should read it, especially if you read a lot of M/M paranormal stuff. Hilariousness ensues!

Who We Are picks up almost right where Bear, Otter and the Kid left off and we are treated to the fascinating and warped (in a good and endearing way) inner workings of Bear’s view of the
Apr 28, 2012 Mary rated it it was amazing
There is a lot going on in this sequel but for me the center of the universe is again, our narrator, Bear. He has a lot to learn this time too but what never ceases to amaze about him is his ability to be the grounding center of the universe for everyone in his life. Outwardly there seem to be people stronger than him, Otter certainly, Creed, arguably, and the villains of the piece. But what I loved was seeing the change in him. At the beginning of the book he is the same sort of gun-shy guy in ...more
Meli Mel *Ty and Zane's Creeper*

5 'Hilariously Crazy' STARS

Family is not defined by blood (...) It's the people around you who see you at your worst and are not afraid to pick up the pieces when you fall apart. It's the people who look at you each time they see you like they haven't seen you in years. It's the people who you fight for. It's the people you'd lay down your life for. It's the scariest thing in the world, but, if you let it, it's also the greatest.

Another amazing book to the series. I freaking LOVED this one s
♔ Jaela ♊ Killer ⚔ QUEEN

My words fail me when I'm about to review a book of this series.

First of all, I would like to say that the cover is just awful. PLEASE DON'T judge this book by its cover. . This is the most wonderful story you'll ever read.

The story in this book is told by Bear- The DRAMA QUEEN . He tends to dramatize everything, and I mean EVERYTHING. He gets annoyed by everything and complains about LITERALLY EVERYTHING. But this is nothing compared to the love he has for his partner OTTER and his brother
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
This is the ugliest cover!

LMAO just looking at it.

Probably shouldn't let "the kid" paint your book cover. Was amusing to laugh at though.
1st read - 13 January to 15 January 2015. Which was 5 stars and awesome.

Audio - 8 April to 15 April 2016. DNF'ing because it is absolutely awful. The quality is shit. The narration is shit and even though I only got as far as 18% there is a very real possibility it's ruined this book for me. 1 Star. I now need to go carve out time to reread this so that I can remind myself of its greatness and just hope like fuck those voices aren't stuck in my head. Mrs. Paquinn had an English accent FFS!!!!

Jan 17, 2015 MLE marked it as dnf
I'm sorry book I tried, but I just can't do it. The Kid drives me insane. He is rude, dismissive, disrespectful, arrogant, and almost mean. He needs boundaries not someone who supports his poor behavior, and treatment of his brother.
May 26, 2015 Gigi rated it it was amazing
I couldn't have loved it more. Going right in book 3,
*** 'Hey you. Hey yourself'. Listening my way through this series. Sean Crisden is such a brilliant narrator. I've laughed, cried and snorted my way through book 1, and I'm about to start this one. One of my favourite series in all of the M/M genre. Thank you so much TJ.***


A Man like Otter, straight (preferably) but who cares really, just being friends would be great. Let me know where he is and I'll be there like a shot.

Outstanding follow-up to Bear, Otter and The Kid. TJ Klune is
I am not big on series that focus on the same couple throughout. I want my happy ending after the first book. I don't want to go into book 2 where the couple has been together for however long and then more issues arise. It's like "here we go again". I really hate that so I tend stay away from those types of series or books with any type of sequel. This book wasn't like that. It picked up immediately after Bear, Otter and the Kid. It was necessary considering all the unanswered questions in the ...more
May 09, 2012 Jay rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-romance
I absolutely loved Bear, Otter, and the Kid it is one of my all-time favorite stories. So, of course when Who We Are was release I was excited and waited and waited and waited for Amazon to release it on the Kindle.

I was confused with the book opening and wasn’t sure what was going on, I just knew I didn’t like it. Then it was made clear and I was back on track to continue reading. All the main characters are back - the Kid is still the kid (smart, witty, and an eco-terrorist in training), Bear
Cristina T.
It has now been a little over three weeks since I finished Who We Are, and I still don't know how to express what this book means to me. I've been sitting in front of my laptop for about an hour. Typing. Deleting. Typing. Deleting. Because nothing I have to say about this mesmerizing book feels right. My words feel worthless and empty. Not enough.

I could tell you how much Bear has grown, how he is the strong one, how he's still struggling with expressing himself, and how he's very funny when he

I don’t even know how to start this review or what to say….I will say that I literally laughed through the entire book! I have read books that have made me laugh out loud plenty of times, but this one literally had me laughing throughout.

Once again the neurosis filled, angst filled and around hero Bear leads us a narrative of his life and I was captivated and my heart was pulled in and I simply couldn’t put this down till I was done. BOATK was a 4 star read
Sep 06, 2016 .Lili. rated it it was amazing
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Who We Are continues the story of Bear. Otter, and the Kid. There's not much to say besides this book is just as amazing as the first one. I don't want to say much as this book takes up right where book 1 leaves off. What I will say is these books are not to be missed. TJ Klune does a great job at making you feel everything his characters are feeling. I felt the joy, love, pain, and loss. Just like with the first book- my heart felt like it was bursting at the end.
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My advice:
Mar 14, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-mm
'Who We Are' was a mixed bag for me. There were things that I really liked as much or more than the first book and then there were other things that didn't click quite as well for me. But at the end of it all was a story that I really enjoyed.

The humor was stronger in this book more than once I found myself laughing out loud and sharing bits of it with hubby which as he will tell you is not something that I do unless I'm really enjoying a story. There were also parts of the story that I related
There were plenty of times reading this book that I felt transported back in time. Bear and Otter were as I remembered them, sweet and cute, Bears inner ramblings I found fascinating again. The Kid was perfect. Funny and smart and totally heartbreakingly adorable. Dominic was a welcome addition to their story. I wish we could of read Dominic and the Kid meeting for the first time, (again?) I even liked Isaiah, he had a certain charm lol.

The thoughts and emotions this book generated were truly w
¸. • * ° *❧Gwendolyn❧•°**★❧ •°**★
Bear & Otter

I Adored.

This is such a great love story...with a wickley awesome time span within two books. And, that epilogue or rather Otter's POV PERFECT....gosh, I love the MCs and the action embedded in this book. Especially, loved the action and hospital stuff added.

Jenni Lea

Even better the second time around.
Where the Kid inspires me to write this before I write an actual review:

Bear, the Kid and Otter,
I didn’t want to read your sequel, you must trust.
The first book turned my heart into fodder (stay with me,)
But a friend told me I must.

She promised she would hold my hand,
That she would be there to see me through.
She did this without hesitation, you understand,
It’s just what we Unicorns do.

Your story, it started out fun, it was light and cheery,
Making me snort every time I did laugh.
I knew the angst
I absolutely loved this book, but I am at a loss as to how to talk about it without spoilers, but I will try. I pretty much went in thinking I knew what was going to go happen in the sequel - and yep, I missed it by a mile. And I loved that about this book.

So here goes:

* The prologue was pure genius. I was like - did I buy the right book? Dreamspinner, what the hell? Is their customer service department even open at 12:15 a.m.? And then I died laughing.

* I expected Bear, Otter and the Kid to f
I don't know why it took me so long to get back to Bear, Otter, and the Kid. I loved the first book so much. Maybe that's the reason. How could this book possibly live up to the first book? Fortunately my fears were unfounded. I enjoyed this book even more than the first book.

1. Bear and Otter are really truly together. Who could not like that? Otter is one of my favorite characters EVER. There's just something about the way he looks at Bear that churns me up inside.
2. The Kid is growing
Nichole (Dirrty H)
Feb 18, 2013 Nichole (Dirrty H) marked it as no-thanks
After the big hooplah a few months ago about BOATK, I tried very hard to let it go. Very hard.

But then I started reading Game of Thrones, and I concurrently watched the TV show. Of all books that have had movie or television adaptations, I think most could agree that the TV show follows the book more closely than most. But I was able to pick out at least as many differences between GoT tv show and GoT book as there are between Shelter and BOATK, and it just got me all incensed. And then all this
Marc | Rainbow Gold Reviews
Jul 12, 2013 Marc | Rainbow Gold Reviews rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Marc | Rainbow Gold Reviews by: Breann
This book is worth reading even just for the humorous "most awkward dinner". I loved the humor over all and sometimes I laughed so hard that I had tears in my eyes. The characters are awesome and I loved the addition of Dominic and getting to meet some of Otter's friends. It also broke my heart in an epic way, but that was to be expected. I think the incredible humor and the good feelings the first are a ploy so readers feel happy and safe, so they are not prepared for it when the book crushes t ...more
Were-bears, a pregnant were-otter ( " fat with my love for you " classic! ) and an evil eye patched kid! I cried with laughter, nearly wet myself and that was only the first chapter! A lot of the time when something is so wonderful first time round it's a hard act to follow but T J Klune has done it again. The boys (and gang ) are back and none of the magic has gone. In terms of most favourite ever literary characters, these guys are way up there in my list! Laughter, tears, frustration, anger, ...more
Dec 17, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
Loved it! I made a spectacle of myself again and again by laughing manically through 2 thirds of the book, then weeping and snottering on myself for a bit until it was back to braying like a donkey laughing and of course finish off with a great big AWWWww!! I liked this book a lot more than BOATK, Bears inner musings were less rambling and the Kid just got better!


I am now demanding (!!!) Dominic's story.. I need need need need it!
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