Release Day Review: The Long and Winding Road by TJ Klune

Release Day Review: The Long and Winding Road by TJ Klune

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Release Day Review: The Long and Winding Road by TJ Klune

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Book Series
Bear, Otter and the Kid Chronicles
Authors
About the Author
When TJ Klune was eight, he picked up a pen and paper and began to write his first story (which turned out to be his own 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. He never heard back from the video game company, much to his chagrin). Now, over two decades later, the cast of characters in his head have only gotten louder, wondering why he has to go to work as a claims examiner for an insurance company during the day when he could just stay home and write. 
Since being published, TJ has won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Romance, fought off three lions that threatened to attack him and his village, and was chosen by Amazon as having written one of the best GLBT books of 2011. 
And one of those things isn’t true. 
(It’s the lion thing. The lion thing isn’t true.)
Publication Date
August 11, 2017
Available Formats
epub, mobi, pdf
Pages
346
ISBN
978-1-63533-681-8
 
Sequel to The Art of Breathing 
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 to stand on his own. 
As these moments converge, all of their lives will change forever. 
Beginning in Bear, Otter, and the Kid and continuing in Who We Are and The Art of Breathing, TJ Klune has told a saga of family and brotherhood, of love and sacrifice. In this final chapter, the events of the past pave the long and winding road toward a future no one could have imagined

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Such a bittersweet read.

I pick up a book in this series, and it's like coming home; I read one of Bear's crazy, rambling monologues, and it's like listening to an old friend; and no matter how many times  I read these stories, they never get old, and they never fail to delight me with every page! TJ Klune has an incredible talent for wringing every conceivable emotion out of his readers, in the space of a few pages, and this book was no exception.   There was so much laughing out loud, that my children were threatening me with the men in white coats, but  by 18% I had tears streaming down my face; the descriptive writing, absolutely gut-wrenching. This story takes a step back, and fills in some blank spaces in previous books, most notably the time that Tyson spent in college;  and the challenges he faced, were, at times really devastating to read about.  Loose ends are tied up, gaps are filled in, all the character's little pieces of the story are cemented, and to a degree, completed for us, to allow the series to come to an end.
This entire series has been a story of fighting and winning, overcoming, beating the odds, strength, courage, and so many different kinds of love. Beneath the often hilarious antics, and the, quite frankly, fantastically ridiculous conversations, the emotions that this wonderful story stirs up are immense, at times overwhelming, and something I doubt I am going to find in a series of books again.  
I have read these books many times, and i know i will read them again and again. I can't recommend this story highly enough; the tears, the laughter, the heartache, the nonsense, the romance.....just superb!!

"I guess we'll always be a little crazy, won't we?"

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