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My Boyfriend Is a Bear

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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  2,056 ratings  ·  541 reviews
A story of girl meets bear.

Nora has bad luck with men. When she meets an (actual) bear on a hike in the Los Angeles hills, he turns out to be the best romantic partner she’s ever had! He’s considerate, he’s sweet, he takes care of her. But he’s a bear, and winning over her friends and family is difficult. Not to mention he has to hibernate all winter. Can true love conque
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Paperback, 176 pages
Published April 24th 2018 by Oni Press
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Emma Teens, yes- it was a lot of fun! Probably not younger readers because there's some swearing and getting drunk.
Chris Yes. A literal bear. No metaphor, no nothing. It's the weirdest graphic novel I've ever read, and I've read some weird ones.

I, personally, had to read…more
Yes. A literal bear. No metaphor, no nothing. It's the weirdest graphic novel I've ever read, and I've read some weird ones.

I, personally, had to read it for the sheer bizarreness, and that alone.(less)

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karen
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
this is just a sweet breezy romance story of a girl who loves a bear.



it’s not played for provocative lady/bear taboo like Bear, nor is it going full bore to smuttown like The Maiden and the Bear Gods or Mounted by a Monster: Poking the Werebear nor is it intentionally blending humor and smut like Sex Bear: The Legend Continues/Sex Bear: The Choad Warrior. and while i'm in the midst of being shocked at the number of books i have read that involve humans and bears in intimate entanglements, it is
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Whitney Atkinson
I received an ARC of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was waiting for this to be some kind of metaphor about dating, but it was literally just about a girl who dates a bear??? I hesitate calling this cute and funny because it literally references them having sex and stuff too so i'm just like uhhhhh...... ok......... I read it in one sitting and the art and dialogue was funny, but I just really don't understand. If they would have kept it platonic, it would have sat so much
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Yes, her boyfriend is literally a bear. No, this isn't "normal".

I was so confused by the premise of this book before reading it. I wondered, Is her boyfriend a shape-shifter? Is he cursed? Do people frequently date animals in this world? and the answers to those questions are no, no, and no. Honestly, though, this is one of the funniest and CUTEST graphic novels I've ever read in my life. I laughed out loud a few times at just how off-the-wall and blunt some panels were. There are some incred
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David Schaafsma
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gn-women, gn-romance
So, when I first see the title I think it is an m/m romance featuring a big hairy guy, but no! It's the story of a young woman in her twenties who has had no luck with men. We get two facing pages of cartooned exes who are painfully familiar losers she has dated. Girl then meets a nice bear in the woods. The odds are against this working, with all the obvious obstacles, but hey, love conquers all, apparently. Or maybe. Anyway, I thought it was all refreshingly funny.

Her friends and parents are,
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💙 I read this for the Unapologetic Romance Readers' New Years 2018 Reading Challenge, for the category of: Interspecies/Alien Romance. For more info on this challenge, click here. 💙



I was going to try to look up some funny memes for this review, but apparently typing "bear" and "sex" into Google search mostly just turns up a lot of gay porn. Go figure.



MY BOYFRIEND IS A BEAR is a graphic novel about a girl named Nora whose boyfriend is a lite
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This was... really odd lol. The art was ADORABLE but I feel like the plot of this was lacking the charm that I assumed it was going to have. Mehhhhhh.
Sam Quixote
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tail as old as time,
Furry as can be,
Bearly even friends…

Disney has a lot to answer for. Like their monopolising of the entertainment market? Their meddling of the copyright laws to ensure Mickey Mouse never becomes public domain? Nah. I think it’s seriously screwed up an entire generation who grew up watching talking animals and that’s partly why we’ve now got this anti-meat/vegan thing going on, the plain bizarre furry scene and this book!

My Boyfriend is a Bear is not about a hairy gay guy, i
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♛ Garima ♛
It's Feb month ❤

Love is in the air;
My boyfriend is a bear


Actually, it is not taken from the book...I made it myself...

This is the most heart-touching, heart warming, the cutest romance I read ever!

The art if amazing - 5 wonderful stars...

If you haven't already, request on netgalley and read - it is sweetest little read, appropriate for this month..

Happy Valentine's Day!



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Mehsi
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!

OMG, I just HAD to have this one when I spotted it during my vacation (yes, even during my vacation I had to check NG to see if there were any new fun books). A girl who, after countless of bad romances, falls in love with a bear. Yes, a bear!

Now, I have to say I wasn't as weirded out as many probably will be. I thank manga for that. :P I have seen people date aliens, cats/dogs/cat people, so a bear? Nothing special. Though I h
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Kristina Horner
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
This was an adorable graphic novel! I bought it on a whim, then took it along on a road trip - it had me laughing the entire time. Who knew a relationship between a girl and an actual bear could be so sweet? Highly recommended. I hope there will be more.
Sara
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So when this first caught my attention I prepared myself for a deep, possibly more than a little sexually creepy, social commentary on...I don't know...something about not judging people based on appearance? The dangers of labeling and projecting our own preconceived notions of what happiness really means or what defines a successful relationship? I mean this couldn't literally be a book about a woman who meets, falls in love with and has a sweet, deeply loving relationship with a bear right?

Tu
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Krista Regester
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
No one told me this was gonna be so SAD!!! wtf??

The title is not a metaphor – be prepared to get a sudden desire for camping where you just might meet your special someone roaming the forest. This was cute and sweet and definitely has some great artwork.
merina rey
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oddly enough adorable.
Christina Marie
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a weirdly entertaining read. The animation was great, and the story for the oddest or reasons kept me engaged. I honestly wasn’t sure if I would like it, but... it was... weirdly. entertaining.
Trevor
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

This was...so odd. Obviously by the title you can tell that it's going to be an eccentric tale, but I wasn't aware there were going to be actual hints of sex between Nora & Bear. Thankfully it's not on the pages, but it's there in context which just really bothered me. I thought it was going to stay platonic, but I guess not. Took a star off for that because it wasn't necessary to the plot & it's not the type of type of humor I'm into, sorry. Not.

Otherwise this was flowing smoo
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Becky
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, poignant, surpisingly sublime and touching.
Amber
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
I guess I am Debra
Kayla
May 05, 2018 rated it liked it
So I am very confused about what I just read. I thought that this was going to be a story about a girl dating a bear in jest to make fun of her dating experience. It was not, she really dates this bear and falls in love with said bear. The story started out fun and I laughed but by the end I wasn't sure what I had just read? Was this a metaphor? Did I miss it? or was this pro bestiality? (not cool) So idk I gave it 3 stars because the art work was good and the story was funny but I am just not s ...more
Kira Thebookbella
This was an interesting read. Do I need to put a trigger warning to beastality or is it implied by the title? There was notthing explicit of course, but it was implied in a few areas of this graphic novel. So being the visual person that I am, it drummed up all sorts of TMI images that creeped me out a bit. So WARNING, if you unintentionally drum up images you don't want to think about, then this puts you at risk to feel uncomfortable with some of the context.

Sexual implications aside, this was
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Stewart Tame
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
The title pretty much says it all. Nora lives in LA, and her boyfriend is a 500 pound black bear. He doesn't talk, just makes bear noises, but she grows to love and understand him. Yes, there's comedy, but it's also really sweet--even romantic in spots. Obviously, breaking the news of your boyfriend's species to friends and family is an interesting experience. And what happens when it's time to hibernate? Can love really conquer all?

Pamela Ribon deftly mixes fact with fantasy to weave a surprisi
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Laura
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
First, let me say, you have to suspend your disbelief quite a bit in this weird story of a young woman who falls in love with a wild bear. Not a euphemism. A real bear, the kind with fir, that hibernates in the winter.

And her friends think he isn't right for her, and she admits he has his faults, but he does love her and her cat, so what more could you want in a boyfriend.

This is a play on all those love stories of people who don't seem right for each other, but are, no matter what the world thi
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Mary
May 10, 2018 marked it as to-read
What in the living hell is this??
Devin
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
This was so cute!!!
Eti
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When Emily tells me to read a book, I do it. And I am never disappointed.
An unflinching portrait of the challenges and joys of being in a relationship - something so universal in its specificity because of the bear. The art is spectacular and fluid; you really feel the movement and emotions of the characters. A quick read that will stay with you long after you're done reading it.
Other notes:
I love the panel about bees. I am 100% with the People Don't Date Bees mentality. Also, I love how once
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Tom Malinowski
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Ok, I liked it. Sweet, to the point. Nora falls in a love with a bear. The bear does interact with society, he has a job, fixes things around Nora's place. Definitely hint of intimate moments, but those are off panel. When it's time to hibernate, Nora and the bear have feelings to deal with.
Cathleen
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Cathleen by: PCHH, among others
I expected quirky. Based on growing buzz, I anticipated fun, charming, even sweet. The pleasant surprise was this work's poignancy.

Long before I had it in my hands, I knew the premise (girl meets bear, girl and bear fall for each other, etc.) and that this wasn't fantasy in, for instance, a world wherein anthropomorphic animals coexist with people. Bear is literally an animal, not a man who only looks like a bear. That, of course, presents obstacles.

Yes, of course a reader can enjoy a light rela
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Sionna
*I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Alright this is a hard one to review.

See, originally I wasn't going to request this one because the girl is in a relationship with a bear.... then I thought, "There was no way they'd write something like this! Maybe it is a Beauty & the Beast thing or a metaphor..."
NO
It is a woman and a bear from the wild.

She has bad luck with guys, usually ending up with weirdos or meanies (although I don't see why wearing suspender
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Jeimy
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nora has dated a lot of jerks. Now all she wants is a boyfriend that will cuddle. Though friends and family are not always supportive of her choice, she finds the perfect boyfriend in a bear. Their relationship is cute and almost perfect, but what will happen when winter comes?

Weird premise, but I loved it!
Alex Sarll
The delightful story of Nora who, after a succession of terrible boyfriends, finds a much happier relationship with a 500 pound American black bear. My wife says it's very reminiscent of our home life, which is ridiculous; I'm not American. Be warned that, while mostly heartwarming and adorable, it does get pretty tear-jerking once hibernation looms.

(Netgalley ARC)
Becca
Jan 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: bad-romance
This is a very quick read, but I disliked it enough that I considered not finishing it. I went into this book fully expecting it to be strange (I mean, based on the title alone), but I was prepared to laugh incredulously and find sweet tidbits. At the very least, I didn't think I would come away with such a definitively negative experience.

The illustrations were cute, and there were a few nice moments. But I was put off by both the characters and plot. I did not like Nora. I did not like Ben (I
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Pamela Ribon is a screenwriter (Moana, Smurfs: The Lost Village), TV writer, comic book writer, author, and best-selling novelist. She’s currently co-writing Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph II. She was recently named one of Variety’s 10 Screenwriters to Watch and is a 2017 Film Independent Directing Lab Fellow. She has been a member of the Disney Animation StoryTrust since 2013. She was ...more