Danny’s life is falling apart. He’s become a single father to eleven-year-old Will—who hasn’t spoken since the death of his mother in a car crash a year earlier—and Danny has just been fired from his ...more
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Danny loses his wife in a car crash and ends up becoming a single father to his 11-year-old son, Will. Will stops speaking after the death of his mother and also does not feel any `connection` to his father. He spends most of his time either with his friend Mo, walking in the park or in the closet in his bedroom. Danny, who is facing a fin ...more
If that title doesn’t immediately have you singing . . . .
Well, you probably aren’t a Boomer like me : (
I snatched this from the library as soon as I saw the comparison to Nick Hornby. And once again, it was pretty spot on. You have the dead parent angle, a loveable loser, a kid you don’t want to punch in the face, a stripper with a heart of gold and so on. ...more
I thought this book was trying too hard to be both funny and heartwarming. There are a lot of quirky characters and ridiculous situations. It might make a c ...more
I will definetly be reading any future novels by this author. Why? It was hilarious, sad and real. Many of the conversations that take place between the charatcers are funny and ridiculous, but ...more
“A pole dancer called Krystal...” “…She taught me after I rescued her bathrobe that was stolen by a wizard who can set things on fire with his mind.”
Wow. Just wow. I laughed, I cried, I cringed and I just sat in amazement as everything unfolded in crazy outlandish wonder. Danny lost his wife to an auto accident. He cares for his son Will who hasn’t spoken a word since that fateful day that he survived and his mom did not.
Danny loses his job and is threat ...more
Bear Necessity, a story of a man trying to reconnect with his son and save his family, after a very bad hard tragedy in his past that put a very big reef be ...more
I loved the fierce intensity of a father's love for his son. I think this novel explores important topics like loss, friendship, parenthood but also the struggles of a single parent and economic hardships. The writing style is fluent, easy to read, and not too descriptive. ...more
This one was so much fun! It was also sad, heartwarming, hilarious, a little crazy, but in the end very satisfying. The author’s sense of humor comes through loud and clear throughout the whole book. I loved it!
It is about Danny, whose wife died in a car accident one year ago, and about Will, Danny’s eleven-year-old son, who hasn’t spoken for one year, since his m ...more
Danny Malooley is a character that you will instantly fall in love with. He's a hapless man, with his life practically falling around at his feet. Fourteen months ago the centre of his world died in a car crash. His wife Liz, his childhood sweetheart, the mother of his son. When Liz died a part of Will died that day too.
At the centre of this story is a heartbreaking plotline. A ma ...more
Original, creative, heartwarming, but not necessarily poignant, Bear Necessity encompasses a diverse and colorful cast of characters (Danny being the least interesting—seriously, though, his only two character traits are 'pathetic' and 'talentless'. I'm one to talk, though 👀.) This book promised humor and poignancy, and while the former promise was kept (think: literal laugh-out-loud moments on my part, a momentous feat for a book to accomplish—the ...more
I don't use this word often (maybe never), but this was a heartwarming and charming novel, and I'm just sorry it took me so long to read the ARC is received. My apologies to both the publisher and author for that!
This was also an entertaining novel and found me, at times, having some belly laughs over the predicaments that Danny got himself into. The cast of characters was marvelous> I couldn't find a bett ...more
Bear Necessity delves into grief, father-son relationships, struggles of single parenthood, economic hardship and navigating those times when life kicks you and then drags you down deeper than you thought you could go.
Danny los ...more
Danny continuously makes terrible decisions and eventually decides to be a dancing panda mascot. He then inadvertently gathers a lovely collection of friends—the sassy pole dancer, the street performer with a cat, and his Ukrainian (maybe gang-related) friend.
It’s a sweet story. Danny’s attempts to bridge the gap with his silent son Will is endearing, and there’s enough comedy spaced throughout ...more
I was drawn to the sweet cover and the premise so I was excited when my request was approved.
** Minor spoilers ahead **
Danny is a young widower struggling with the loss of his beloved wife in a car accident.
His son, Will, had been in the car when his mother was killed and hasn't spoken since.
After Danny is fired and his landlord threatens to harm his most precious body parts because he's late with the rent, he purchases a gross panda sui ...more
A sweet story of a father & son dealing with their grief over the loss of their loved one (ie. Wife/mom) and learning to live again & become friends/a family.
It moves slowly at first but stick with it as it becomes an endearing heart warming story as it develops and well worth finishing. It's also not as sad/melancholy as the tone early on implies.
there is an HEA which leaves a smile on your face.
A brilliant debut novel by the writer. ...more
the story is about Danny and his son Will. It’s been a year since the death of Dannys wife. the tragedy cause Will to stop talking since his mother’s death and it seems like everything has gone wrong since then. After being fired Danny dresses as panda and starts dancing in the street. But he doesn’t know how to do it, he is so close to give when suddenly his son ...more
Unfortunately, Bear Necessity fell short of my expectations. The book focused more on Danny as a dancing bear, and less on his relationship with his son. Everything wrapped up a little too conveniently for my taste. I think I would have enjoyed the book more if it had not been marketed as, “a funny and moving story of how a father and son overcome their grief in surprising ways.”
Danny's wife died in a tragic auto accident a year ago. Their eleven year old son Will has not spoken a word since. They're both struggling with her loss. And adding to the mix, Danny has lost his job and he's desperately behind in h ...more
While this seems like it might be a depressing novel, it is actually quite uplifting and humorous to see how Danny chances upon a way to earn mon ...more
These past few months have lead me to become emotionally distraught (and I imagine I'm not alone). I wasn't doing all that great emotionally to begin with, but then the world decided to implode and people decided to show their true colors...fantastic.
I was in dire need of something that would tend to my wounds.
James Gould-Bourn's story is reminiscent of the beautiful 80's heartbreak era. You know, the wonderful era that released gems like St ...more
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