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This edition is out of print For current Paperback edition see Bear Otter and the Kid Previous cover edition of ISBN 1613720874 9781613720875 For alternate cover edition see hereThree 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 since he’s totally devoted to the Kid Bear isn’t actually doing much living With a few exceptions he’s retreated from the world and he’s mostly okay with that until Otter comes homeOtter is Bear’s best friend’s older brother and as they’ve done for their whole lives Bear and Otter crash and collide in ways neither expect This time though there’s nowhere to run from the depth of emotion between them Bear still believes his place is as the Kid’s guardian but he can’t help thinking there could be something for him in the world something or someone


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  1. says:

    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 to pick up his wealthy best friend and take him somewhere I watched the movie again after reading this book and there is no mistake that complete scenes situations etc were copied some almost exactly His best friend's older brother comes home from southern California after a bad breakup in both the movie and the book The scene where the best friend arrives at his house to find the older brother there is nearly the same The same tension and awareness between the older brother and the hero are there in the book as was in the movie In the movie and this book his on and off girlfriend since grade school works at the same grocery store with him the book even mentions a bench and table outside the front entrance of the store which is in a scene in the movie All the characters have the same personalities in both the movie and the book The locations are similar the best friend's house is on a beach for instance and the older brother had moved to southern California and become a 'big shot' Throughout the movie the hero struggles with his feelings for his best friend's older brother hiding his feelings from others and denying it to himself His girlfriend suspects his feelings for the older brother and they break up for good He and the older brother get together and then the hero breaks up with him The older brother eventually convinces the hero to move in with him and let him help raise the child in both the book and movie The only differences are that in the movie his sister leaves her son his young nephew in his care while in the book his mother leaves his younger brother in his care the sister is homphobic in the movie and the mother is homophobic in the book and both leave with a man who says the kid can't come In the movie the sister doesn't leave until later but she is absent a lot and the full care of the child falls on the hero most of the time Some of the scenes in the book where he remembers his mother drinking with a man at the kitchen table are exactly like the scenes in the movie where his sister is drunk and drinking with a man at the kitchen table In the movie the sister never came back so there was no custody question Also in the book his best friend and ex girlfriend end up together which did not happen in the movie These are minor differences compared to the overwhelming parallels Mr Klune left out the hero's artistic talent and how the hero and older brother spend time together surfing but the character personalities the events and almost exact circumstances in the movie Shelter are exactly the same in this book In the author's bio at the end of this book the author says his first story was a sweeping epic version of the video game Super Metroid—he didn‟t think the game ended very well and wanted to offer his own take on it Well it looks like Mr Klune is still offering his take on stories that he didn't think ended well because this book is almost a clone of the movie Shelter with only a few minor changes I know the saying goes that 'there is no plot that has not already been written' but this book passes beyond 'similar' and goes into 'copied' territory or at least 80% copied anyway EDITA couple of people said they saw no similarities or only superficial similarities between the movie Shelter and Mr Klunes book So I made a list I'm sure there are but I got bored with it afer a whilePlot both book and movie boy who has taken on the care of a young child falls in love with his best friend's older brother breaks up with his girlfriend starts a relationship with his best friend's older brother breaks up with his best friend's older brother makes up with his best friend's older brother and the two decide to live together and raise the childCore CharactersMain Character MC Characterization both book and movie 20ish Lower middle class Fiercely loyal to the child Introverted Struggles with his sexuality and the changes in his life Spends a lot of time thinkingBest Friend BF Characterization both book and movie 20ish Wealthy Partier College student out of town college Extraverted Loyal to MC Makes 'fag' jokes and references to tease his Older Brother OB Talks trash about girls sometimes Loves his brother and doesn't care if he's gay Accepts the Main Character's new relationship with his Older Brother Older Brother OB Characterization both book and move 30ish Successful Gay Moved away the southern California for a few years Caring supportive and patient most of the time Allows MC time and tells no one about their relationship Struggles with artistic motivation book photogrophy movie writing while at his parent's house Likes the child and is good with him Has loved MC for a long time Wants to help MC and raise the child with himGirl Friend GF Characterization both book and movie 20ish Caring intuitive loyal Knows MC inside and out Angry when they break up for good but loves MC and the child even after break up Child Characterization both book and movie Has anxiety issues and is extremely dependent on the Main Character His mother leaves him in the Main Character's care at age 5 Character Circumstances and ScenesMovie One of the opening scenes is the Main Character MC driving his wealthy best friend BF to get a ride some of his friends from college The child pretends to sleep The BF talks crudely about girls and his career options after college The MC and BF tease each other about their differing economic statuses wealthynot wealthyBook One of the opening scenes is the MC driving to pick up his wealthy BF from the airport because he is coming home from college for summer The child is present The MC thinks of past conversations with his BF and what career options his BF will have afer college The BF talks crudely about some girl he boned The MC thinks about their differing economic statuses wealthynot wealthy pages 7 12Movie The MC and the child share a bedroom because the child can't stand to be sleep anywhere elseBook The MC and the child share a bedroom because the child can't stand to be sleep anywhere else page 59Movie The MC says I'm sick of being your childhood wet dream Find another fantasy OB calls MC a coward break up sceneBook The MC says “this obsession you have with me needs to end” OB calls MC a coward break up scene page 255 256Movie The MC's and OB's deeper relationship starts with one drunken kiss MC freaks out when he wakes up the next dayBook The MC's and OB's deeper relationship starts with one drunken kiss MC freaks out page 64Movie The OB tells MC he has a choice about taking on the care of the child and the MC insists that he does not Book His friends tell him he has a choice about taking on the care of the child and the MC insists he does notMovie The MC has an on and off girl friend GF who is also his female best friend They work at the same grocery store together The grocery store has a bench and table near the front entranceBook The MC has an on and off girl friend GF who is also his female best friend They work at the same grocery store together The grocery store has a bench and table near the front entrance pages 25 and 150Movie The sister leaves with a man to go to Portland Oregon where the man has found a job The man says the child can't come The sister smokes and drinks There is a scene where the sister is drunk and still drinking with a man in their kitchenBook The mother leaves Oregon to go with a man to an out of state location where the man has found a job The man says the child can't come The mother smokes and drinks There is a flashback scene where the mother is drunk and still drinking with a man in their kitchen pages 1 3 and 232 233Movie THe MC gave up a college scholarship in order to take on the care of his young nephewBook THe MC gave up a college scholarship in order to take on the care of his young brother page 40Movie MC's sister doesn't think MC needs college Discourages it She's also homophobicBook MC's mother doesn't think MC needs college Discourages it She's also homophobic pages 1 3 and 227 248Movie The BF's parents are away the entire movie The house large and is on the beachBook The BF's parents are away the entire book The house large and is on the beach pages 7 12 and 83Movie The MC spends a lot of time just thinking about thingsBook The MC spend a lot of time just thinking about things extensive internal dialogue throughout the bookMovie The OB has an old home video of MC and BF He watches itBook The OB has a photo of younger MC that he looks at a lot pages 127 128 and othersMovie BF teases OB with many references to fag things and gay stereotypes Book BF teases OB with many references to fag things and gay stereotypes numerous examples throughout the bookMovie The OB shows MC a secluded beach that no one ever went to and they hang out there a lot The MC sometimes goes there by himself just to sit and thinkBook They all know of a secluded beach that no one ever went to and the MC plans to have OB meet him there for a romantic dinner The MC goes there by himself when he doesn't want to be found and needs to think pages 194 and 306Movie The OB asks when MC is going back to college Encourages itBook The OB asks when MC is going back to college Encourages it page 121 and Movie Ex GF suggests MC can go to the local community collgeBook Ex GF suggests MC go to college pages 28 29Movie The MC deliberately looks at other men after the kiss to see if he's attracted to them too or just OB Apparently he is not scene at beachBook The MC deliberately looks at other men after the kiss to see if he's attracted to them too or just OB Apparently he is not pages 155 156Movie The MC denies his feelings and is paranoid and rude about OB touching him in front of other people while he struggles with himself about being attracted to OB and what it will change in his life MC thinks about what is best for the child several scenes in movieBook The MC denies his feelings and is paranoid and rude about OB touching him in front of other people while he struggles with himself about being attracted to OB and what it will change in his life MC thinks about what is best for the child extensive internal dialogue and rude behavior to OB throughout the bookMovie The OB cooks for MC and the child at his parents' beach house and makes whatever the kid wants scene in movie after MC accepts his feelings for OBBook The OB cooks for MC and the child at his parents' beach house and makes whatever the kid wants 104Movie For the MC the child is family and he will take care of the child no matter what putting the child first even if that means he can't have OB OB says You don't have to take care of child and MC says Yeah I do several scenes in movieBook For the MC the child is family and he will take care of the child no matter what putting the child first even if that means he can't have OB multiple repitition of internal dialogue in several chaptersMovie The child likes OB a lot Asks when they can see him againBook The child likes OB a lot Asks when they can see him again multiple times in several chaptersMovie The MC spends a lot of time with OB but doesn't tell anyone and is distant from OB in front of others OB tries to be patient several scenes in movieBook The MC spends a lot of time with OB but doesn't tell anyone and is distant from OB in front of others OB tries to be patient several scenes in multiple chaptersMovie After the BF finds out about MC and OB he says that he and MC are still bros He also asks if guys give better head The MC is uncomfortable and won't answer Book After the BF finds out about MC and OB he says that he and MC are still brothers He also asks if butt sex hurts The MC is uncomfortable and won't answer page 286Movie The child questions why MC doesn't see OB any Book The child questions why MC doesn't see OB any a lot of internal and external dialogueMovie The MC finds his sister in her bedroom sleeping seemingly suffering from depression with a pill bottle next to herBook The MC remembers a time when his mother spent most of her time in her bedroom sleeping depressed and only leaving her room to buy cigarettes and bourbon page 232Movie The BF gives a big party at his home Book The BF gives a big party at his home chapters 13 and 14Movie The MC tells ex GF that he always thought he would be with her foreverBook THe GF tells almost ex MC I never thought it would come to this I always thought that we would” The implication is that that they would be together forever page 97Movie The OB has his luggage packed and waiting at the front door implication that he is leaving town when MC shows up to make up with himBook The BF calls MC and tells him that OB is about to leave town THe MC drives over there to make up with him It doesn't quite work out immediately but is resolved within 24 hours pages 301 314Movie The end scenes show MC child and OB playing on the beach All are happyBook The cover shows MC child and OB on the beach All are happyMovie Locations Ocean side towns on west coast Many scenes are on the beach MC and OB spend time surfing and at OB's house to bond with each otherBook Locations Ocean side towns on west coast Some scenes are on the beach MC and OB spend time at OB's house to bond with each otherThe book differs from the movie due to removed surfing references partial changes to the child's personality and the addition of an elderly neighbor The sister is present but unmotherly throughout most of the movie while in the book the unmotherly mother is gone but shows up in flashbacks and in person onceSurfing is used in the movie as an activity that allows the MC and OB to spend time together and bond The movie also uses scenes from the OB's home especially his bedroom and the kitchen The book left out the surfing backdrop but left in the time spent together in the OB's home especially in the OB's bedroom and kitchen The movie has limited time to diplay characterizations so is concise with their development For example to show that the child has anxiety issues and is very attached and dependent on the MC the movie shows scenes of their shared bedroom a picture of the sad child drawn by the MC and a couple of lines of dialogue that say the child won't sleep anywhere else but in the MC's bedroom and that the child does not like to wake up in a strange place The book uses entire chapters repeating these themes Another example from the movie is that to show the MC is very contemplative and struggling with his feelings the movie uses many scenes of the MC just sitting by himself brooding on the beach in his car zoning out at his BF's party etc The books spends chapters on internal dialogue of the MC where he broods about everything including struggling with his feelingsThe core plot characters circumstances and events found in the movie are intact in the book Second Edit Thanks to the person who pointed this outMovie The MC breaks up with OB after his sister confronts him about hanging out with a fag OB and tells him she doesn't want her child around thatBook The MC breaks up with OB after his mother confronts him about hanging out with a fag OB and tells him she doesn't want her child around that