I thoroughly enjoyed reading Bear, Otter, and the Kid for a couple different reasons.
The primary reason is the characters. Tyson (the Kid) is adorable and runs the show (sometimes literally). Derrick (Bear) is his older brother/guardian, tends to think things through (sometimes to the point of overthinking). Oliver (Otter) is the older brother of Bear's best friend and tends to "level" Bear. Creed is Bear's sometimes clueless best friend. Anna is Bear's on-again, off-again girlfriend and "suspects" something more may be going on between Bear and Otter.
This all leads me to another reason why I really liked the book. I liked the ebb and flow of how the characters interacted, how their relationships changed. The laughter, the tears, and even the drama combine to make this a great story.
While the ending does work as it stands, I would have liked to see a couple threads tied up at the end. Otherwise, a perfect read and I do look forward to seeing more from this author in the future.
Three 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 home.
Otter 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 more for him in the world... something or someone.