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The Art of Breathing (Bear, Otter, and the Kid #3)

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Tyson Thompson graduated high school at sixteen and left the town of Seafare, Oregon, bound for what he assumed would be bigger and better things. He soon found out the real world has teeth, and he returns to the coast with four years of failure, addiction, and a diagnosis of panic disorder trailing behind him. His brother, Bear, and his brother's husband, Otter, believe ...more
ebook, 350 pages
Published June 16th 2014 by Dreamspinner Press (first published June 15th 2014)
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Sandra At the end TJ mentions that there will one more book to 'finish' this family's story, so I definitely think it will stick with the same characters.…moreAt the end TJ mentions that there will one more book to 'finish' this family's story, so I definitely think it will stick with the same characters. I'm hoping it will give us more of Ty and Dom, although there will almost definitely be a lot Bear and Otter given new events/additions to the family.(less)

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May 20, 2014 T.J. added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: mine
Pre-Order Now Available Ahead of June 16th Release!

As a way of saying thank you for your patience, I give you the blurb for BOATK3, The Art of Breathing. Much love.

Tyson Thompson graduated high school at sixteen and left the town of Seafare, Oregon, bound for what he assumed would be bigger and better things. He soon found out the real world has teeth, and he returns to the coast with four years of failure, addiction, and a diagnosis of panic disorder trai
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

*4.5 stars*

What a long, crazy journey folks!! I read this book feverishly all day yesterday and I am BURSTING with things to say! Can I spew them out in anything that resembles coherency? Only time will tell...

My favorite part of reading this book was the familiarity of it. I wanted to cry with joy at seeing my favorite characters again. Seriously. I've been waiting for this book for so long and just reading the first few pages brought tears to my eyes. I knew I was in for an EPIC angsty journe
Jun 17, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-dream-man

This book!!!!!!!



GAHHHH...but this book!!!!!!!

It’s long.
It’s manic.
It's familiar.
It’s emotional.
It’s frustrating.

But it’s HOME.

When I go home for the holidays, I typically face 50+ extended family members speaking in various forms of English, broken English, or Korean. Asking me why I’m not married, aren’t I going to have children, why my hair is so long, if I’ve gained weight, how my job is going, will I ever move back to San Diego…it’s INSANITY. And I go every year, becau
Jun 18, 2014 .Lili. rated it it was amazing
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The Art of Breathing by TJ Klune is the third in the Bear, Otter, and the Kid. In this book we get Tyson, the Kid's, POV. This book has three different parts and follows Ty from his childhood to the four years following his high school graduation. This book is typical Klune. It was full of endearing characters, angst, and humor. Here we got to catch up with the whole gang from Seafare and are introduced to Corey/Kori (<---CAN. NOT. WAIT. FOR. HIS. BOOK!). This book also includes the mother of
Meli Mel *Ty and Zane's Creeper*

5 "Inevitable" Stars

"Took us a while."
He chuckles. "You could say that."
"It won't be easy."
"Nothing worth having ever is."
I smile. "That's pretty damn cheesy. Lucky for you it worked."

I am a HUGE fan of this series and this author, ever since I read the first book. So, when I heard a third book was coming out, I. Could. Not. Wait. And now that I have finished reading it, I am happy to say that it did not disappoint.

As soon as I opened the book, I was hit hard with nostalgia. I freaking misse
Jun 18, 2014 Cory rated it it was amazing
Oh my God, I loved it! I mean seriously, seriously, loved it! I'm not shocked because I think TJ Klune is a brilliant writer. I love the characters that he brings to life. Do they get on my nerves sometimes?? Hell yes...but aren't they supposed to? My friends in real life (no one on Goodreads of course LOL) get on my aggravate me sometimes too. OK, enough about how much I love TJ and his books and let's get back to the current book at hand.

Rest assured, there will be SPOILERS ahead so please don
Aug 26, 2014 Alvin rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of BOATK and M/M Rom lovers in general

I've read some of Mr. TJ Klune's books already and I can already tell (I think) his writing style. I call it "ALL-OUT". Let it all out there, no holding back kind of writing. And with that, he gets ALL MY EMOTIONS OUT when I read his books.

Into This River I Drown has All Out Grief
Tell Me It's Real has All Out Laughter
and the Bear, Otter, and the Kid has All Out Drama.

And its third installment also has that. This third boo
May 27, 2015 Gigi rated it it was amazing
I was getting ready to bitch and moan, "Wait! This isn't a HEA, it's totally a HFN! I need more!!" Because I thought this was a trilogy. But, fuck me running, there is another book in the works!! To say I'm excited would be an understatement!

Loved this book. Cried like a baby, but loved it.
4.5 stars

My all time favorite author! I want Tj and Eric strong,healthy,HAPPY and married.

Re-read in Audio, April 20th

description - Narrator Sean Crisden

First of all, I want to say the audio makes this book/this series so much better!! So, Yay to Sean Crisden… What a terrific job he did!!!
What a journey this series has been….

I have laughed my ass off, cried ugly tears… These characters feel so real to me.

Bear, Otter and the Kid… Creed, Anna, JJ, mrs Paquin, Dom etc.

This book is about the Kid who isn’t a kid anymore. He’s Tyson. Ty still has issues, major panic attacks where he doesn’t remember
Vanessa North
I haven't decided on a star rating yet, but here goes!

Of the three books in this series, this is the first I read in ebook form--the other two I listened to in audiobook. I have to say, reading, actually READING, the McKenna patented inner monologue is kind of exhausting--I think I prefer this series in audio!

On the subject of the writing--TJ Klune is a very talented writer who is really good at guiding a reader through a host of emotions, making them cry and then offering comedic relief, follow
John The Cosmic Wanderer
Jun 18, 2014 John The Cosmic Wanderer rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
T.J. Klune is a brilliant writer! No doubt about it! He can write a very angsty depressing gut wrenching scene and the next page would be LOL moments. He's really good at making emotions jump right off the page. Why not 5 stars? I find Ty's internal monologues a bit too much. It was kind of frustrating and exhausting to live inside his head. (view spoiler) There's also a sadness to the story. Even as the story ended, ...more
♔ Jaela ♊ Killer ⚔ QUEEN
I loved this book a bit less than the previous one, but a 5 star rating nonetheless. I liked Ty's POV very much. Sometimes he seems so naive and cute, despite the GENIOUS he is and claims to be.

There were so many tender moments, so many moments Ty feels unsure and all his suffering with the panic disorder. I loved how he sees his relationship between Bear and Otter:

"I've never understood how people could be so against them when they look at each other the way they do. All they've ever reall
The Art of Breathing grounds me like no other book manages to accomplish. When I am feeling out of sorts or can't seem to get into another book, sometimes I will just pick this book up and start reading from a random-ish point and just read for a while. It never fails to get me back on track. This time, I decided to read it from beginning to end, and what it journey. I cannot wait until book 4 comes out. I'll probably reread the whole series then. Thank you, TJ, for this amazing book and series! ...more
HR readsNstuff
This book started off really well and it jerked my heart strings nicely with some good old fashioned angst. Unfortunately I had one big problem about the story which started happening when Ty got back to seafare. (view spoiler) ...more

"Here are the places of my youth.
Here are the things I've tried to forget.
Here they all are, spread out around me, and it's like I've never left.
Here is where it began.
And here is where it begins again."

Oh Tyson. Poor, poor Tyson.

The Kid is in a bad place, I guess it's not really surprising that the events of Ty's past have begun to weigh heavily on him. Ty is lost, lost and confused and his way of dealing with his ghosts really isn't working.

'The Art of Breathing' is more than Ty and Dom's stor
I will review this once I can breathe....I will just say I loved it for now. Ty and Dom...Dominic he is beautiful and may have passed Otter up on my list of swoony boys in books. Just a tad but damn, he really had some good moments. Classic Death by Klune this was.
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I’m so in love. With TJ Klune. Don’t tell my husband. Its unfair to him to know that he has competition for my heart. Not that my love will ever be requited. I know that. And I am totally ok with that. I have a case of awe-inspiring hero worship.

Typical heroes carry shit. Like swords, and light-spears, they have bat mobiles and spider webs, A gold lasso. A cape.

My heroes always carry words. ALWAYS.

Aug 28, 2014 Traci rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, 5-star-books, reread
OMG, LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it! I'm afraid to review it because I do not want to give away any teasers, because, I just can't, you have to read it and gasp, cry, laugh, and do all that all over again depending on which chapter you are on.

T.J. you did it again!! Of course the dinner scene, of course, the knock knock jokes, and Bear's famous rants!! I feel like I am in your head when I read Bear's famous scenes and cannot believe you can write a conversation like that down. It's like you have to be
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We've been there from the beginning. We watched Bear as he fought like hell to take care of his little brother (Tyson, aka the Kid) after their mother abandoned them. We watched the Kid grow up as Bear and Otter went to hell and back to finally have their happily-ever-after. We cried as the Kid battled his earthquakes and we watched as Bear was always there for him - his brother, his protector, his everything. We watched the Kid grow up before our eyes.

In The Art of
Sep 10, 2014 Gaby rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m-romance
4.5 Stars.

Oh. My. God.

I confess that I am a bit exahusted after going over 350 pages of the Kid's thoughts. Oh. Dear. Lord. That boy's mind sure goes 10000 mph. I loved it, though, exahustion and all.

This story is told by the Kid. After he leaves for college his friendship with Dominic (a bit more than that at this point of the story) breaks and they don't talk for four years. They both suffer over it.. Dom, gets heartbroken and it killed me that he was kicked out without even a chance to expla
Aug 06, 2016 Ariana rated it it was amazing
How does TJ Klune manage to make me care so much? For all his characters.
Maybe it's because we get to know each of them so well, almost better than yourself. You know all their insecurities, their faults, their craziness and yet, you can't help loving them. And there is so much love in these three books - and not 'just' (and I don't mean that in any derogative way) romantic love, but love that's pure and sweet and something we all crave for in our lives.

This is Tyson's story. But it's not 'just'
Jun 17, 2014 liz added it
I think I remember why I didn't write reviews for the last two books in this series: it's hard. If this is your first look at a review for this series or even this book, I'm sorry. And I advise you to run away to another one. I have no idea where this is going to go...

Ty. The Kid. He's a bit of a mess. This isn't a surprise. The 9-yo vegetarian eco-terrorist-in-training was always heading for some sort of meltdown. Luckily, this kid has the best support system anyone could ever hope for. Bear an
3.5 stars...

I have to admit I am a T.J. Klune fan. His characters are known for neurotic monologues that I find hilarious and endearing.

I'm just not sure how I feel about this latest release. I enjoyed the story but there are aspects that I had issues with. First I feel like the book is too long. This is unusual for me, I normally prefer a longer story. It seems like most of this book is spent in Tyson's head - inner dialog that runs along similar lines over and over and over. I found myself wi
Jun 23, 2014 Richard rated it it was ok
Shelves: aaa
Sadly, as the boys plugged along on their Tucson bound, TELL ME IT’S REAL #2 promotional book tour, I was never able to recover the magic of this story.

Gratefully, BEAR, OTTER AND THE KID books 1 & 2 will have a cherished place on my “to-read-again-&-again” book shelf.
Jun 19, 2014 Sara rated it liked it
This book was basically Bear and Otter 2.0.
Dom became Otter the big, strong protector. And Tyson evolved into the same person as Bear. I get that he is the product of Bear's nurturing, but in the previous 2 books the Kid had such a lovely, unique personality. I was able to appreciate everyone in those first books as individuals. This third book was much too repetitive for me (too many "sound familiar" moments). Unfortunately, this was my least favorite book of the series, unfortunate because I k
There is so much I want to say about this book, but I'm going to keep it short and say T.J. Klune has done it again. The Art of Breathing has everything there was to love about the first two books and so much more. Everyone is back, along with Tyson's new best friend Corey/Kori and some special guest stars you might recognize.

Tyson's life has not been easy and with more miscommunications, misunderstandings, and Bear's attempts to shelter Tyson from any further hurt, things reach their breaking
Chris, the Dalek King
One of the benefits of reading this series the way I did, was that I didn’t have to wait several years in between books two and three. Knowing that I could get my hands on this third book, soon after finishing Who We Are, meant I didn’t have to spend a lot of time wandering around book-purgatory, waiting and wondering what would happen next. But (and there always is a but, isn’t there?) I was still worried. A lot had happened in the author’s life in the last year (some good, some bad) and well…I ...more
May 26, 2015 Trisha rated it it was amazing
I love this series. I take these characters as my own and love them so much that it hurts to finish each book. I never want this series to end.

I liked being inside of Tyson's head. I feel a special kinship with Tyson because of his panic disorder and perhaps since we've been with him since the young age of 6, growing with him and seeing his adult perspective is almost second nature. And I love that this book still had plenty of Bear and Otter, plus the amazing new characters we meet along the w
Jun 17, 2014 Vallie rated it it was amazing
I have said it before and I am saying it again. Tj Klune has ruined me for other books. Period. His writing style, the brilliance with which he can switch from the most ridiculously hilarious situations to the most emotional, heart-breaking, soul-destroying moments (I am running out of alphabet and adjectives here) is mind-blowing to me. I think I would read a published shopping list of his. No joke.

This book had a lot to live up to. Bear, Otter, and the Kid (1 & 2) were no easy books to fo
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“Tyson,” he breathes. My name on his lips is like a revelation, and I want to break. I want to shatter. I want to tell him things I can’t even admit to myself. “What?” I croak. “You know I love you, right?” His gaze searches mine. “Yeah.” Because I do. I’ve known since the beginning. It’s inevitable—our word of the day, the word of our friendship.” 13 likes
“He sighs and bows his head, burying his face in his hands. I touch his hair. His ears. Bear may be my rock, but Dom is the force that moves me.” 8 likes
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