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Bear, Otter, and the Kid

(The Seafare Chronicles #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  11,148 ratings  ·  1,526 reviews
This edition is out of print. For current Paperback edition see: Bear, Otter and the Kid

Previous cover edition of ISBN 1613720874 / 9781613720875
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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
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Published August 12th 2011 by Dreamspinner Press (first published August 11th 2011)
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Feb 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
Let me start by saying the author has excellent writing skills, and that the book was well written. However, I can't view it as an original novel, since it is a complete rip-off of the gay themed movie "Shelter" (2007 -

I saw the movie a couple of years ago and this book has the same characters, same story development, same guy-gives-up-scholarship-to-take-care-of-small-child plot. Both the movie and this book even start with the same scene -- he's driving
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*Only $0.99 at ARe and Amazon US today! 5/2/16!

Dear Heather,

It is a very bad idea to start a T.J. Klune book right before going to sleep. What were you thinking!? You will just stay up all night to finish it, like you did last night. Don't do it again.

Your body and brain.

To be honest, I wasn't expecting greatness from "Bear, Otter, and the Kid" even though most of my GR friends adore this one. First of all, I try to not read books with kids in them. I can't deal with tragedy and little k
☆ Todd
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is truly AMAZING. One of my top 3 all-time favorites. The sequel is really good, too. And I really can't wait for a third installment.

You'll cry your eyes out, laugh your head off, and be sad it's over when you reach the last page.
Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
Audio 4
Story 2

I guess it's me and not the book because everyone loved it but me.

What I liked about the book:

Oliver (aka Otter)

What I didn’t like:

The flashbacks and back tracking
Bear- I found him unlikable, selfish and TSTL for most of the book
Bear’s long-winded internal monologues
The Kid – He annoyed me. He was unrealistically perfect and mature for a 9-year-old

The whole story had a Walt Disney vibe that didn’t work for me.
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
I am one of the only people I know who didn't just love this book. (Don't get me started on the creepy kid on the cover. His mouth... ***shiver***)

I had a lot of major problems with this book and only the writing (which was very good) and the sweetness kept me reading until the end.

Things I really liked:

The writing is really good for the most part: the imagery and word choices are excellent.

The book takes place in the Pacific Northwest. It's a fake town called Seafare, closely resembling Seaside
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
The is no way I could have loved this more!

This is a M/M romance fan favorite and it was released forever ago, so I'm not going to even try to summarize the story for you. Chances are you've already read and loved it. But if not, just get yourself a copy and read it. Trust me.

I've heard this book compared to the LGBT movie classic Shelter many times, and I have to wholeheartedly agree.

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The similarities are endless and since Shelter is one of my absolutely favori
Wendys Wycked Words
Afbeeldingsresultaat voor 4,5 stars

This book has been on my "tbr" list for some time now. Of course I have read all the wonderful reviews and of course my friends encouraged me to read it, but for some reason, I was a bit hesitant. I don't know why exactly. Maybe it was because of the title, or maybe it was, because I knew it was gonna be about a little kid. Maybe it was, because I was worried, that I was gonna be one of the few people that didn't like it.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor the pressure + gif

I shouldn't have worried though...I mean this is a TJ Klune book and I have
Candy M.
⭐ 5 "Yes, I might be dehydrated from all the tears, but it was WORTH IT" stars ⭐

In summary, what this book did to my feelings.

But don’t go thinking that is necessarily a bad thing just yet.

First of all, objectively speaking, I knew this book was one of T.J. Klune’s first published works, and therefore this knowledge meant I went into it expecting considerably less polish and finesse than in his later releases. What I got, however, was an emotional dropkick straight to the heart.

Because what the

1.5 Stars

Too much needless angst and drama!!! I really enjoyed the first 40% - 50% of the book, but then it all went downhill from there. I enjoyed the relationship dynamics, and most of the side characters. I thought the chemistry between Bear and Otter was perfect. Bear had this sarcastic wit about him that brought humor into the story. I really liked him at first. I thought the Kid was a well developed character. He provoked a few eye-rolls, but for the most part he had me smiling.

Once Bear
Nile Princess
I really, really hate when I'm in such a vast minority with a book that has gotten so many rave reviews. First, there are parts of the book that I did like and that made me smile...laugh out loud even, but it was bogged down with so much unnecessary rambling that I was getting a headache. Once you get past the silly names (Bear, Otter, The Kid...really?), the first third of the book is likeable. Bear is funny, The Kid is witty and all the friends come together as a family to support Bear and Ty ...more
5 Stars

Fantastic! 5 Stars and straight into the favourites folder! And I'll be honest and admit that I made this decision around 10 pages in - that's how much this grabbed me (and it didn't let go until the final swoon-worthy page).

I'm a little incoherent at the moment so I'll keep this short and say I'm ashamed it took my so long to pick up my first T.J. Klune story. I'm mostly ashamed because I knew I'd love his stories (from reading all my GR friends' fabulous reviews) and yet I still resist
Pity Party?!

Pity Party?!

Table for one?

Under the reservation, Bear McKenna, please?

"Bear, Otter and the Kid" has DRAMA hands down! There's drama for you, your family, your friends, their friends, their friends' friends...Holy Cheesus, it can make it's own universe.


TJ Klune's story is well written, you can argue all the faults you may or may not have but the writing style is superb. (Yes, I'm aware of the "Shelter" movie controversy - *shrug* I see it more as a homage to a great film) You will fee
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4 stars!

“There's nothing like being admonished by a nine-year-old ecoterrorist in training.”

This is a book I've been meaning to read for a LONG time.

Bear, Otter and the Kid is the story of Derrick (Bear), a 21 year old man who is raising his younger brother on his own. Their mom left when he was 17, and it's been just him, his brother and his best friend for a long time. When Bear's best friends brother Otter comes home after a long time away, and Bear must face feelings he never expected
Written August 16, 2015

3.7 Stars - Cozy and heart wrenching nice - A lovely story to remember

At last was it time for me to also experience this M/M so many friends adore and love. I listened to the 12:19 hrs audiobook narrated by a very good M/M romance reading voice, Sean Crisden.

I enjoyed and liked but...
Maybe this book works better to read by yourself. It wasn't anything wrong with this audiobook (good narration) but I wasn't totally stunned and amazed. (Too big expectations? Maybe.)
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Awesome! All of the feels and the funnies. Perfect combination!

Yes, that perfect!
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it

All roads point to Susan hating this book:

Bad title
Bad cover
Bad 1st person POV
Bad female characters

BUT, funny thing is, sometimes you just can’t predict what you’re gonna like. I actually finished this book with a smile on my face. Much to my surprise, the main characters (Bear, Otter, and The Kid…go figure) were all super likable.

Bear’s fierce loyalty to The Kid, Otter’s fierce loyalty to Bear, and The Kid’s fierceness, period (god, I adore this one!), made it all so charming and sweet. Yes, p
T.A. Webb
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"This is the way my world ends."

With this opening sentence, we meet Derrick (Bear, to those who know him), and discover that, one day short of his 18th birthday, three days shy of his high school graduation, and three months away from his leaving to start college, his mother has left. Left him alone and in charge of his five your old brother Tyson (Kid). With the help of his girlfriend Anna, his best friend Creed and Creed's brother Oliver (Otter), Bear picks himself up and gets on with the bus
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, audiobook
4.5 stars

I know I am very late to the party, but I finally read Bear, Otter and the Kid, I loved it. I had one little niggle (more on that later).

T.J. Klune always seems to write a story that will involve people who are family, not by blood, but by choice. The pick people that not only love unconditionally, but will have their backs at all times. That is exactly what happens in Bear, Otter and the Kid. When Bear’s mother takes off, 17 year old Bear is now responsible for raising his 6 year old
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Video Review:

I believe this is his first published novel, and where I did have some issues with it, I still really liked it.
I think I'm going to make TJ Klune a reading project and do individual video reviews as I make my way through his work.
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ♥Sharon♥ by: Lisazj1
Oh my heart. ❤

Even though this is only my third book by T.J. Klune, he has quickly become an author that I will seek out. His writing is unique and witty, his stories are heartfelt and the characters he writes are amazing!

I loved Bear, Otter and the Kid. Creed, Anna and Mrs. Paquinn were terrific secondary characters too. My favorite though was Tyson. Known as Kid to all that loved him. ❤ He was adorably funny and oh so sweet. Wise beyond his years. He had my heart from the first chapter.

At tim
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, lgbtq
So, I finally did this.

I am guessing I should be all "OMG, I can't believe I waited so long to read this!" but honestly, I feel pretty good about having read it now. I might not have liked it or been able to deal with it before. Now, I feel glad I finally read it and I liked the Hell out of it.

It was pretty close to true love and I think that if I read it again it probably would be. Anyway, I'll keep going and maybe come back and be totally in love. Who knows?

What I do know is I look forward to
I am feeling that bittersweet feeling coming on as I reread one of my all-time favorite series, in preparation for the long-awaited last book. I read Bear, Otter and the Kid, for the first time, two years ago, and I got to discover what the fuss was all about. And I suspect (quite strongly) that I will be cursing TJ by the time this journey comes to an end. I can feel it coming.

----------Original Review: 30 May 2015--------------
BR with Eleftheria and special guest, Todd!

I've heard about thi
* Meli Mel *

♥♥♥ 5 Heart Warming/Breaking Stars ♥♥♥

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“I’ll never understand why people just won’t let others be who they are. It’s not like it’s affecting them in any way”

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This book was so wonderful. I didn't expect it to be this good. I had for a very long time but kept putting it off. I think it was the title and cover... I don't know. But I'm so glad I finally read it.


Bear, a.k.a Derr
* A Reader Obsessed *
4 Stars!!

There’s not much to add to all the many reviews out there already for this book. Suffice it to say that I’m kicking myself for not reading this earlier. Honestly, I have no excuse.

Was this perfect? No. However, that was the beauty of it because real life isn’t perfect. Granted, Bear and the Kid have been dealt a truly harsh hand, but they’ve weathered many challenges and have persevered and even thrived. And Bear especially, handles things the best he can, despite all his neuroses.

Sammy Goode
Jan 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Never before in my life have I been at a place where I was unsure how to to tell you how I feel about a book. Never before have I had a book shake me to the very core of my being...make me laugh, cry, grit my teeth in anger, shake with relief that the end was near. Never before have I not known how to summarize a book--put it into a neat little package so that you, dear reader, could get the gist of the story, hear my thoughts and walk away to decide for yourself whether or not you w ...more
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
There is no way that this is a debut novel. Somewhere there must be books under another pen name that I have yet to discover. This book is absolutely perfect. And if you knew me, you’d know that is not the opinion that should be coming out of me.

Why? Well, first of all, I hate books written in first person. No particular reason, just my preference. But, this book made me feel like Bear and I were sitting on his back porch and he was telling me his story. Even the flash back scenes, another liter
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am late to the party, everyone in the world read this before me but I will admit to liking my characters, if apart, in the same exact place mentally and emotionally, or just wishing that they were together. So Bear with his highs and lows that didn't mirror Otter's feelings, I was worried would be too much for me. Boy was I wrong. Everyone has said how much they love The Kid. I did too but my love pales beside my adoration of Bear. He's a rock and not, he's a little frayed around the edges. Bu ...more
A re-read for me and I loved it just as much the second time around its a pretty special story and will continue to be one for a long time to come.

Wow I loved everything about this wonderful story it was clever, witty and the dialogue between the Kid and Bear was oh so funny who could forget his little words of wisdom they cracked me up. The poems and the dinner date on the beach was hilarious I could not stop laughing. I loved Bear and Otter but the Kid he tugged at my heart he was adorable and
re-read: Oct 2018


I have only four words for you:


(Sorry for the shouting, lol!)

If you are looking for me, I'm busy with the next book :)
Tara♥ {MindforBooks}
1st read - 11 January to 13 January (4 stars)
2nd reread/listen - 21 March to 7 April 2016 (5 stars)

Wow!! I really loved the audio of this. So much so that I need to add another star and add to my favourites shelf for 2016. Funnily enough the things I wasn't mad on, Otter's flashback in particular, really worked in audio.

I really liked Sean Crisden's voice, even though it felt like he was mumbling at the end of sentences at times. I think though this might have been my headphones so I'll blame t
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TJ KLUNE is a Lambda Literary Award-winning author (Into This River I Drown) and an ex-claims examiner for an insurance company. His novels include The House in the Cerulean Sea and The Extraordinaries. Being queer himself, TJ believes it's important—now more than ever—to have accurate, positive, queer representation in stories. ...more

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