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The Long and Winding Road

(Bear, Otter, and the Kid #4)

4.59  ·  Rating details ·  2,093 ratings  ·  386 reviews
Family is not always defined by blood. It’s defined by those who make us whole—those who make us who we are.

And here, at the end, Bear and Otter will be tested like they’ve never been before.

There’s a knock at the door from a little girl who has nowhere else to go.

There’s a phone ringing, bringing news they do not expect.

There’s a brother returning home after learning how
ebook, 346 pages
Published August 9th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
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Lulu Tyler The sequel to Wolfsong, Ravensong is also to be published in 2018, so I'm not going to judge yet ;-)

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Oct 28, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Updated 12/19/17:

The audiobook, narrated by Sean Crisden, is now available at Audible!




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Saying goodbye is hard...

Like so many of you, I've been waiting for The Long and Winding Road for a long long time. Long before we knew it would really be written. Long before we knew the title. Long before now.

I'm sad, you know? This family -- Bear, Otter, Ty, Dominic, Creed, Anna, Mrs Paquinn (may she rest in peace) -- are the family that any of us would be lucky to call ours. No matter what, you know they will have your back. No matter what, they accept you. That's what family really is,
☆ Todd
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Well, I was not quite expecting that, but thoroughly enjoyed it nonetheless.

During the previous "Bear, Otter and the Kid" books, TJ put the readers through the wringer over and over and over again. Then one more time, just for shits and giggles.

But in this final book in the series, we were taken on a nostalgic trip where all of our beloved characters were allowed to quietly, sometimes irreverently, say their final goodbyes. And all with a minimum of (genuine) angst, but Bear was still just an it
* A Reader Obsessed *
5 Glorious Stars!!

A fantastic end to a fantastic series!!

If you haven’t started with Bear, Otter, and the Kid then carve out some time in your schedule and start on this right away. You won’t regret it!

Suffice it to say, this was everything a finale should be. Sentimental, wistful, with plenty of affirmations in all the ways a reader (or at least, myself) wants when saying goodbye. Though this series mostly centers on brothers Bear and the Kid and their deep bond that was forged from hellish tr
Rachel Reads Ravenously
3.5-4 stars!

What a great conclusion! The pacing was a bit off, there were some slow bits and that's why a 3.5 more than a 4. But lots of great moments with all the feels and I am so glad TJ Klune took us on this journey.

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I was so very happy when I got my hands on this book....yet also so very sad. 

I know that all great things usually come to an end...doesn't mean I have to be happy about it though. :P

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Now I have promised some of my dear GR friends to keep this review as spoiler free as possible, so that's what I am gonna try to do. I know plenty of people want to read this awesome book and I don't want to ruin things for them. ;)

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This book is told from Bear's pov and it's divided into three par

5 Stars

Now that's how you wrap up a series!

This final story was everything I wanted in a goodbye. I laughed and I cried, but thankfully most of the tears were brought on by nostalgia and new moments of pure happiness.

I feel like I can't mention a damn thing about this story without ruining its magic for future readers. So I'll stick to saying that I couldn't be more satisfied with this series finale, and that Bear, Otter and The Kid, along with all the kooky and lovable characters that round o
BWT (Belen)
Do you remember how it all began?

The Long and Winding Road is broken up into three parts: Past, Present, and Future. The Past is a lovingly done recap of the series, including explaining the events that lead up to The Art of Breathing.

While Bear and Otter are the focus of this story, and it's from Bear's (often hilarious) point of view, you must remember Bear and Otter would not be "Bear and Otter" without their family. Without Tyson (the Kid), Mrs. P., Creed, Anna, and Dom. They're all here. Ma
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing

The Long and Winding Road is the final book of the Bear, Otter, and the Kid Series by TJ Klune. Many of us have been with them on their journey with them for years, and (I think) we've all been waiting with anticipation and sadness for this book. We've gotten to know and love Bear, Otter, Ty, Dominic, Creed, Anna, and Mrs. Paquin(view spoiler) and to be honest I'm getting teary just typing their names. I love these characters. Anyways (*deep breath*), in this last ins
Still as great the second third time around!!!

Original review: I got an email when I got up, saying this book was ready for download at DSP, I looked at the BF and said: See you in 6 hours!
And that was pretty much my day, I haven't put the book down for more than a few minutes at a time.

This was THE most anticipated book of this year for me, and boy oh boy did it meet my expectations and so much more<3
Sad (in a good way)!
And a fantastic farewell to Seafare and all the ri
**5 glorious stars**
The last get-together with Bear and Otter, with Ty and Dom, with Anna and Creed and with all the rest of this epic, funny and adorable bunch of characters.

It was the perfect mix of fun, of OTT, of craziness, of tenderness, of love, of family, of friendship. It’s the end of the journey : nostalgic and bittersweet.

I laughed, I sighed, I cried and then, I had to say goodbye and close this book, knowing they are all in a good place. How I’m going to miss Bear and his so famous ra
~4.5 stars!~

It's a sad and bittersweet day to close the final chapter in this story. Saying goodbye to any couple is never easy, but saying good bye to the entire crew of this series is especially hard.

Bear, Otter, and the KidBear, Otter, and the Kid was one of my first MM reads, a "classic" if you will. I had no idea it would turn into what it became. I never imagined I'd like Ty's book more than the first two, but I did. The Art of Breathing can still make me cry after my sixth read.

We left
Wendy F
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, tj-klune
Oh my gosh, so many tears!

On Twitter, TJ kept telling his readers how we were going to cry but I secretly didn’t think I would. I was wrong. I cried multiple times while reading. Especially in the last chapter. I’m pretty sure I even made the deep sob sound.

The thing is, when you start Bear, Otter and the Kid Tyson is so little. Bear was only 18. We got to read their whole lives, and we love them. Now, just like TJ, we are saying goodbye and that is so hard. I’m not ready. I only just discovered
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
The long farewell to our beloved characters from Bear, Otter and the Kidd is finally here. Tj Klune made the brave and wonderful choice to give his fans a chance to say goodbye to those they’ve loved and cried with for such a long time. After seeing these guys grow up, fall in love and build a life together through pain, loss, friendships, joy, drama and unexpected word vomits, our reluctance to let go is more than understandable. But let go we must, and I can’t imagine a better way to do it tha ...more
Quite a long while ago the first book in this series left Bear, Otter and Kid-sized indents in my heart . They remained there throughout the years as we followed them dealing with whatever life threw at them.

I feel I know these guys and the family they ‘accrued’ around them over time.
I laughed and cried with them, I fretted over their choices, I marveled at their resilience and felt humbled by all the love they spread around so generously.

Yes, this is nostalgic . No, there isn’t a lot of angs
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!! 🤩😍What an end to the series! It was different in a way that it repeated some of the events from the 3rd book from the POV of Bear and the events leading up to the ending. Although it was insightful and heartrending to read what Bear and Otter went through I felt that I could easily have skipped that. What came after, the second part was full of anguish and laughter and frustration and joy.. so much joy😇. It felt so real.., the perfection of Bear and Otter and how they are each other' ...more

Oh man, this was wonderful. Perfect. I love all these people so much.

Thank you TJ for this amazing family. This family that started with Bear, Otter & the Kid.

Roads can diverge.

It’s tough but true.

It’ll be okay. In the end.

So you’ll go one way.

And we’ll go another.

Maybe one day we’ll meet again.

But even if we don’t, remember this:

We have lived.

We have loved.

We have lost.

But we’re standing.

For all that we are, we’re still standing.

Definitely a series I will be revisiting... Begin
Jenni Lea
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing

This is the second book of Klune's I have read in secret because I was greedy and didn't want to share. I dunno why I feel that way about his books lately but there it is.

This was complete and total wish fulfillment for me. This series couldn't have ended any better in my opinion.

My mostest favoritest thing about this book is the abundance of Otter that we get here. I felt like I really got to see him for who he is. Where as in the previous books he seemed more of a version of the perfect ficti
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, favorites
All the stars in the sky ❤️... so how do I even review this and put my thoughts into words ? .....there are some books that hold your heart and become part of you- more than a story, more like family. Bear Otter & The Kid are those people, the characters I would really really love to know in RT. They are neurotic, loyal and joyful and through their strange problem solving processes they base every resolution on one key point - love. Their love for each other, their love for their family and thei ...more
5 Hearts

Just remember, though: it’s not about the destination. It’s about the long and winding road that took us there.

And I will remember that road always.

I am going to go completely out of character here and keep this review short. Why? I don’t think you need me to ramble on about how much this series has meant to me or how much I love Otter first and everyone else after him. I adore the hell out of these strangers from Seafare who crept in so quietly with their laughter and love
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I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Its been 2 days since finishing this book, and I'm trying to figure out how to conjure Otter out of this alternate universe. With no luck, or help it isn't happening. I'm a huge fan of Klune, and everyone knows I like his more serious books without the comedy. I enjoy the comedy don't get me wrong, but the realistic fiction calls to my sou
BOATK is the book that started me on m/m and I have loved every one in this series. Now it's time to say goodbye and TJ Klune has wrapped it up just as great as it started.

We're back in Bear's head, with a look at the past and how he coped with Ty's issues in The Art of Breathing, to the present where an older and wiser(?) Bear has almost too much on his plate and manages in true Bear fashion - meltdowns and all, to the future where we finally get a bit of Otter's POV. I laughed, I cried and I r
Sometimes...once really is not enough...

If you haven't read this series please...stop here go back and start reading or listening because it's all on audio. So either is me I've done both read the the series and listened to the audio and truly either format is very good.

I know I've already done one big long rambly review extolling the virtues of this book...actually of the whole series and truthfully I'll probably borrow some bits and pieces from it to use in this review, but if
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
How a series ends is...

every bit as important as how it started but then so is everything in the middle...

I have such mixed feelings about this one. I loved the chance to spend more time in this world with Otter, Bear, the Kid and all the wonderful people in their lives. But that this was the end of their story...well, how could that not make me a little sad.

While I was a little late to the party with this series. It was August of 2011 when 'Bear, Otter and the Kid' was first published and s
I don't want to say goodbye. I know it doesn't have to be forever, I can come back and visit any time I want. I've so loved taking this journey with this wacky, crazy beloved family that I will miss going forward with them. But I'm so thankful that TJ still had one more story to tell, one more journey to take with them, so that all of us who love them so much would get the chance for a proper goodbye and to see them all happy, in the places they were all meant to be.

Of all books in this series,
Ja Ella
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's so hard to say goodbye to all these wonderful characters and books. They made me feel so much. Every book had me in tears for the whole length. I'm gonna miss them so much. Every single one of them.

I love to imagine that somewhere out there, these people (characters) are living their amazing life.

5 *****
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, m-m
A perfect goodbye.

Reading this book was an experience, for me it felt like being home again, this is my favorite series and even when things were not perfect for this family I had a faint smile because I can't not be happy reading them. The last 10% completely destroyed me, I had to pause several times because the tears wouldn't let me read. (nothing tragic happens, I'm a crier and saying goodbye broke my heart)

This book is written in past, present and future.
The past is about how Bear and Ott
Lindsay M.
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This series is so special and dear to me, and it makes it absolutely impossible to review. I've never been more attached to another family of characters, and I don't know if I ever will be.

This book was such a worthy conclusion. And while I know TJ says it's the end, I will always wish for a change of heart...I just can't help myself.
I don't know what to say...
This whole series touched some very personal topics that made me question and re-evaluate my own thoughts, actions, and emotions. Some of the books were angsty but not overwhelmingly so because TJ's usual brand of humor often softened the blow. This doesn't mean I didn't cry. I did... a lot! In fact, I cried through most of the last book. Maybe because I was so touched or maybe because I knew this would be the end and I wasn't ready to let this family go. Who knows? Bu
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So I accidentally fell into reading this. I mean it was going to be soon, but not like, right now. Anyways, I was waiting for something yesterday and I had my phone and not my book so I started and thank gods for part time so I finished today.
This was one of the best end of a romance series; it was so good to be back with this cast of characters: I laughed and cackled and actually out right sobbed at the end.
If you have loved the BOATK books then this is a must.
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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.

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