It has now been a little over three weeks since I finished Who We Are
, and I still don't know how to express what this book means to me. I've been sitting in front of my laptop for about an hour. Typing. Deleting. Typing. Deleting. Because nothing I have to say about this mesmerizing book feels right. My words feel worthless and empty. Not enough.
I could tell you how much Bear has grown, how he is the strong one, how he's still struggling with expressing himself, and how he's very funny when he gets verbal diarrhea and ends up sharing unnecessary details about Otter and him at the family dinner.
I could emphasize how utterly smitten I am with Otter, how perfect this man is, how he stands by Bear's side through thick and thin, and how T.J. Klune broke me because he made Otter go through hell.
I could start blabbering about the Kid, about his intelligence and epic poems filled with subtlety, about his amazing ability to be more than just a little guy and keep his brother sane.
I could even talk about the secondary characters, who all complete the story and bring home the meaning of family, and tell you about that time when they go to the custody hearing and loudly say the judge's eyebrows look evil.
But I won't. Because frankly, there are enough amazing reviews already, which will tell you everything you need to know.
Family is not defined by blood. It's not always who you're born to that you're stuck with. It's what you want it to be, what you make of it. It's the people around you who see you at your worst and are not afraid to pick up the pieces when you fall apart.
* * * * * Narrator: Charlie David
And last, but not least, let me just say this... Holy Mother of Eargasms, Charlie David is the best
narrator ever! I haven't listened to many audiobooks yet, but I'm absolutely sure that Charlie David is the best. 'Nuff said.